Message from President
Roger Dacey 2017-2018
Hello Fellow Driver Educators:
Thanks for the vote of confidence at this last 2017 conference meeting. I promise to be more active this calendar year, now that I have my feet wet and understand where I can help the Association. Just a reminder that 2017 Membership will still be $20 this month so if you didn't join please help the cause. This helps to keep our website active and also helps with costs that arise throughout the year.
We hope you were able to reserve a room this month for the Conference. We will be adding extra rooms at the low rate at the INN so more of you can register and get that benefit. We will receive a $79 rate at The Inn at Turning Stone for 2018. Remember you can always cancel up to the day before the conference. So don't wait. The rooms go fast at that rate. Check out the Member's Only page for the Power Point Presentations presented at the Conference. They will be post the last week of this Month of March.
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 seasons. You need not be teaching driver education during the spring semester 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.
Share The Road
May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month
Motorcyclists have all the same rights and privileges as any motor vehicle driver on the roadway. This means they are entitled to their space on the road, no matter the size of their ride. This also means that they must follow the same road laws as other vehicles, including keeping a safe distance from other vehicles. During Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in May - and during the rest of the year - drivers of all other vehicles are reminded to "share the road" with motorcyclists, and to be extra alert to keep motorcyclists safe.
Use these marketing materials to spread the word about increasing motorcyclists' safety, and support and enhance local motorcycle safety awareness programs for all road users.
COMING SOON: NHTSA has been collecting model Share The Road language from the States and is currently developing highly-specific segmented messages that directly correspond to specific crash factors for states to utilize in their own motorist awareness efforts.
Parent Handbook Now Available
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 email@example.com 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”.
EFFECTIVE DRUG EDUCATION TOOLS FOR ALL TEACHERS AND EDUCATORS
Thank you for providing our teachers with the program materials "The Truth About Drugs Education"Package. Our teachers will preview the materials and make sure they use or pass the information onto health teachers at their schools. For those who were not at the conference, here is the material that was presented at our vendor booth and in the conference presentation. To receive this materials see the information below.The Truth About Drugs Education Package contains practical tools to educate young people about substance abuse.
No one questions the severity of the drug problem and its devastating impact on youth. Academic results suffer and, even worse, drugs undermine health and destroy young lives.
The best solution is to reach young people with effective, fact-based drug education—before they start experimenting with drugs. Tweens, teens and young adults who know the facts about drugs are much less likely to start using them.
The core of the Foundation’s education program consists of the 1 hour and 42 minute documentary, The Truth About Drugs: Real People—Real Stories.
The documentary is supplemented by thirteen drug information booklets and award-winning public service announcements. More than 55 million educational handouts have been distributed in over 180 countries and in 20 languages.
This Truth About Drugs Education Package is the ideal supplemental aid. It fills the growing demand for practical tools to help the teacher, instructor or drug prevention specialist communicate the truth about drugs swiftly and effectively. It provides lesson plans, assignments and classroom activities that capture and retain young people's attention—and elicit their participation. Students willingly read, view and, most importantly, use the information to make the right choices about drugs.
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