Update on the ADTSEA 3.0 Curriculum
Based on feedback from the ADTSEA membership, ADTSEA has been working on a new version of the 3.0 Driver Education Curriculum designed to be used specifically in a computer or laptop. The new CD-ROM in html format is now available and will give ADTSEA members a choice of formats best suited for their classroom. Members who have purchased the DVD Edition of the 3.0 Curriculum and who would like to receive the new CD-ROM version can email the ADTSEA office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Highway Safety Awards Presented in San Diego
SAN DIEGO, Calif.—The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) presented its 2013 highway safety awards to two individuals, who collectively have dedicated nearly seventy years to addressing behavioral safety issues, and five programs focusing on the nation’s most pressing roadway safety problems at its Annual Meeting in San Diego. An awards luncheon was sponsored by The Allstate Foundation (www.allstatefoundation.org). See the press release here.
More Schools Support Effort to End Distracted Driving
An effort to combat distracted driving that started last year now has the support of 25 area school districts. Read more here.
AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety Releases Survey Results of Distracted, Bad Driving Habits
WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans are much less worried about drunken, drowsy and aggressive driving than they were four years ago even though traffic deaths have begun to edge back up, according to a national survey released by AAA. Read more here.
Study Evaluates Distracted Driving
Adolescents with ADHD
A study using a driving simulator suggests that adolescents with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) who were distracted while driving demonstrated more variability in speed and lane position than adolescents without ADHD, according to a study published by JAMA Pediatrics, a JAMA Network publication.
While adolescents as a group are at increased risk for motor vehicle crashes (MVCs), those diagnosed with ADHD have an even greater risk. Patients with ADHD have higher rates of MVCs and experience greater tactical and operational driving impairments than their counterparts without ADHD, according to the study background. read more here.
Fewer Teens get Driver’s Licenses
Reaching driving age doesn’t hold the magical allure it once did for teenagers, with fewer than half of them applying for a driver’s license when they reach legal age, according to a report issued Thursday by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety
“One of the unintended consequences of graduated driver’s licensing laws is that teens have to enroll in private-sector driving schools to complete their driver’s education requirements to obtain a driver’s license, and that can be extremely costly and prohibitive, especially for low-income teens,” Townsend said. Read the entire article here.
Get Behind National Teen Driver Safety Week
The next National Teen Driver Safety Week (NTDSW) takes place on October 20-26, 2013. This year's theme is ‘It Takes Two: Shared Expectations for Teens and Parents for Driving.’ Whether you’re still practice driving or driving on your own, you and a parent (or other trusted adult) should work together to help you become a safe skilled driver. You should expect and advocate for support in driving from a trusted adult. Here are some tips to get you started.
Study Offers New Insights into the Distracted Driving Behaviors of Young New Jersey Drivers
New Jersey auto insurance group, Plymouth Rock Assurance, released the results of a new distracted driving study providing insights from Digital Natives, the first generation born into a digital world. The online poll of 1,000 New Jersey-based drivers (ages 17 – 25) found 73 percent had witnessed a friend texting while driving and 70 percent had witnessed a friend using a phone without hands-free technology. See the results here.
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