Message from President
Roger Dacey 2016-2017
Hello Fellow Driver Educators.
Happy Holidays! Just a reminder that 2017 Membership will open this month. Plan to update now and you can save $. Also, reserve your room now for the Conference in March. We have great rates for The Inn at Turning Stone. But these will go fast. You can always cancel if something changes.
There are a lot of good things happening in Driver Safety across the country. Check out the articles below. Hopefully, you will put a safety campaign together for your school and remind young drivers to be safe, especially during the holiday season. You need not be teaching driver education during the winter and spring semesters to still make a difference during the school year. Put a flyer out on a bulletin board, add a message to a marquee, make a morning announcement for a week to see if that makes a difference.
NHTSA offers materials for numerous traffic safety campaigns, including drunk driving, car seats, vehicle safety, distracted driving, and motorcycles. These marketing tools offer a way to get involved through traditional media and online media.
We encourage local, state, and national traffic safety advocates to download and use these traffic safety materials in your community throughout the year and during campaigns. These resources are also available for parents, teachers, caregivers, and anyone who wants to make a difference in their community. Assets for various campaigns are available for use in donated and paid media.
Utilizing the numerous resources found here can make an impact that will reach beyond your community. By raising public awareness through paid, earned, and social media, and maximizing your local resources, you can make a difference and save lives.
Grant Incentive Programs
Interested in getting $ for your Driver Education Program. Check out the Grant Incentive Programs under the Parents tab on the GTSC website. http://grants.gtsc.ny.gov/Login2.aspx?APPTHEME=NYDMV
Parent Handbook –
The DMV has created a new Parent handbook to be distributed. It’s a helpful resource that is likely to decrease stress associated with having a child transition into a new driver.
Younger drivers are involved in more crashes than other age groups and the crashes that involve teens also tend to be more serious. However these crashes are preventable. New York State’s (NYS) Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) law is designed to prevent teen crashes by helping teens gradually and safely build their skills and gain experience behind the wheel. The NYS GDL law is responsible for a 60% decrease in crashes for 16 and 17 year-old drivers.
While the NYS GDL law is effective at lowering teen crash risk, it is an extremely complicated system with differing rules depending on the driver’s geographic region, stage of licensure and time of day. For effective enforcement and compliance to occur, law enforcement officers and parents must understand the components of the GDL. To address these barriers, NYSDOH staff, with the aid of the Young Driver Team (comprised of representatives from NYS Department of Health, Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, NYS Department of Motor Vehicles, NYS Police, and NYS Association of Chiefs of Police), developed GDL reference guides for law enforcement officers and parents. The tools provide a summary of GDL law and include information by licensing stage and region as well as driving restrictions and requirements (i.e., nighttime and passenger restrictions, required hours of practice, etc.). The tools are available online and can also be ordered free of charge by contacting Annie Mirabito firstname.lastname@example.org or 518-402-7900.
Deer Damage Can Be Costly!
State Farm® tips to protect yourself on the road.
In many U.S. states, drivers are all too familiar with deer crossing signs, but do they really know how close the danger may be? State Farm has released its annual deer claim study, which ranks states by the potential drivers had of hitting a large animal, including deer, elk and moose over a given time period. On average, one of every 41 West Virginia drivers will have an insurance claim for damage caused by a collision with a deer in 2016.
Check out all of the resources on the page, and read our Good Neighbors story “Deer Meets Motorcycle”.
The National Road Safety Foundation has several contests that your youth can enter to raise safe driving awareness and earn cash prizes. Below is a list for you to circulate, post, email and put in your newsletters.
They are as follows:
1. Drive 2 Life PSA Contest begins Wednesday, October 5th across the country for students in grades 6 – 12. POSTMARK DATE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3rd and RECEIVED BY FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17th, 2017. Theme – Distracted Walking. Winner receives - $1,000, a trip to NYC and their PSA professionally produced and aired on Teen Kids News. Two Runners-up in grades 6-8 will receive $500 and two runners-up grades 8-12 receive $500. http://www.nrsf.org/teenlane.org/contests/drive_2_life
2. DrivingSkills 101:Expect the Unexpected
Contest begins Monday, October 17th for SADD Chapters across the nation. SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS MONDAY, JANUARY 30th, 2017. Theme – Driver Safety in bad weather conditions. Top 10 Chapters receive $250 and winning chapter $2,500. PSA will be produced by a professional TV crew at his/her school to be premiered at SADD National Conference and aired on Teen Kids News. http://www.nrsf.org/teenlane/content/contests
3. Safe Rides, Save Lives
Contest is now open to FCCLA members across the country. SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6th, 2016. Theme – Teen Driver Risks relating to Passenger Safety. Winner in 1st place receive $3,500, 2nd place $1,000 and 3rd place $500. Winning PSA will be submitted to the National Association of Broadcasters and aired on Teen Kids News. http://www.nrsf.org/teenlane/contests/safe-rides-save-lives