September eNewsletter

AT & T It Can Wait Campaign

We at the American Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association (ADTSEA) are pleased by the recent developments and steps taken by AT&T to eliminate the tragic practice of texting while driving.

As a national advocate for quality traffic safety education and the professional association which represents traffic safety educators, we know full well how dangerous drivers can be when they are distracted.

Taking a pledge to no longer text and drive is a serious commitment that we strongly believe in, and one that we encourage our members and educators to learn more about.  More information about the pledge can be found on the campaign’s website,


Sam Lee, Hawaii Department of Education Retires
Sam Lee retired from a long and successful career in education on June 30, 2012.  Sam was with the Hawaii Department of Education for over 30 years and taught driver education for over 20 years.  He was a counselor at Mililani High School. He has been a nationally certified instructor for the driver education program since 1993 and received the Teacher of Excellence Award for the state of Hawaii and ADTSEA in 2009. Congratulations Sam on your retirement!


St. Cloud State University Teacher Preparation Course
St. Cloud State University offers a driver education teacher preparation course as well as a partial program during the summer months.  They hope to service participants that do not have access to a driver education teacher preparation program from a local university in their geographic area.  St. Cloud State University is sensitive to all programs that continue to offer driver education teacher preparation courses and wants to make certain all programs have sufficient enrollments to function accordingly.  They are offering help for the geographically remote students with an option that may work for them. 
Click here for the Fall 2012 Calendar or here for the Spring 2013 Calendar.

Also Available from St. Cloud State University:

St. Cloud State University, Continuing Studies Driver Education Teacher Preparation Information:

Undergrad course descriptions:

St. Cloud State University Graduate Certificate Information:

The above program meets the requirements of the Minnesota Board of Teaching, rule M-CAR 8700.4901. It is important that the applicant have sufficient credits (13) to meet the most recent Board of Teaching requirements.


U.S. Department of Transportation Announces New Federal Grant Program to Help States Fight Distracted Driving
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced a new grant program that will provide approximately $17.5 million to states that have laws banning distracted driving in fiscal year (FY) 2013. NHTSA estimates that at least 3,092 people were killed and an additional 416,000 others were injured in distraction-affected crashes in 2010, including crashes involving texting or other cell phone use.  To read the full article go here.


U.S. Department of Transportation Unveils New Distracted Driving PSAs Featuring Cast of the Hit FOX TV Show 'Glee'
WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)  joined the Ad Council, Fox Home Entertainment, and the State Attorneys General and Consumer Protection Agencies to release new distracted driving public service announcements (PSAs) aimed at young adults featuring scenes from FOX's award-winning television series "Glee." The PSAs are part of the national "Stop the Texts. Stop the Wrecks." campaign that launched in October 2011 to educate young drivers about the dangers of texting behind the wheel. To read more about it, go here.

Upcoming Events

2012 VADETS Conference
Oct 5th & 6th
Lynchburg, VA.

2012 ODTSEA Fall Conference
October 12th - 14th
Eagle Crest Resort
Bend, Oregon
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2012 WTSEA/DOL Fall Conference
October 19th & 20th
Confluence Technology Center
Wenatchee, Washington
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2012 NETSEA Conference
November 3rd & 4th
Holiday Inn Boxborough
Boxborough, MA

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