2018 SCDTSEA Poster Contest Details

Dear DTSE Colleagues,

The theme for the 2018 SCDTSEA Conference is SAFETY FIRST and the subject for the poster safety contest is SEAT BELTS (check the attached for more information). May many of your students take part in the poster contest! The SCDTSEA Officers and Board members decided they would like the 2018 SCDTSEA Conference to be November 30 and the alternate date December 7. More information will be shared later when we are assured of the conference site and date.

Representative Bill Taylor has proposed DUI-E legislation to have a higher fine for anyone while driving under the influence of electronics. The texting penalty now is $25 and the desire is to raise this to $100. A hearing is expected soon on H.4480. I know that we will all want to support this.

One colleague at the last conference asked me how I helped inspire my students to get involved in the student poster safety contest. First, you need to believe in and use good safety posters (I use different subjects in each of my classroom sessions). It is not mandatory for students to do posters, but I do find themes on the poster safety topic and prepare a handout for my students. This helps to get them started. Go to the Internet and find quotations/themes on seat belts and share!

One of the best ways to make “Safety First” is by teaching and emphasizing the use of seat belts. Main objectives of our teaching this should be to:

  • persuade students so effectively that safety belts should be worn that they, in turn, will convince their family and friends to do so
  • provide information on how safety belts save lives and reduce serious injuries in vehicle crashes
  • demonstrate the need for safety belts to retain control of the vehicle in emergency situations
  • give practice on the correct use of seat belts
  • increase recognition that since many crashes happen close to home, safety belts must be worn at all times, even on short trips
  • create a positive attitude toward wearing seat belts

The bottom line is to have increased safety belt use among new drivers, their families and friends to have a safer highway environment for us all.

Some of you may remember Captain Billy Fallaw. He was a DTSE leader that helped found SCDTSEA. He was one of my main safety mentors. A good way to close is by using one of his speech outlines in his talk “Let’s Plant a ‘Safety Garden'”:

  • Plant a row of peas — PATIENCE
  • Plant a row of squash — SPEED
  • Plant a row of lettuce — LET US OBEY ALL RULES AND REGULATIONS
  • Plant a row of turnips — TURN UP ALIVE.

Best regards,

Joe

Joe Sabbadino
President-Elect
SCDTSEA

See below for poster contest details

Letter From the Past President

Dear Driver Educator,

Consider the SCDTSEA Conference that will be at Blythewood’s SCDMV December 1. Check out the attachments. A draft of the conference schedule includes interesting people with interesting topics such as:

Andy Pilgrim — Driver Education and the coming Autonomous Vehicle Revolution and New Tools coming soon for Driver Education.
Greg Mangan — Fun in the classroom.
Bill Rhyne — Respecting motorists
Darren Tessitore — Truth about drugs
Cindy Hutto — SC class D road test procedures
Attached are membership and conference forms, along with the poster contest information.

At the conference SCDTSEA we want to award colleagues and schools that show dedication, involvement and having good results in driver and traffic safety education. Even Scripture advocates giving honor where honor is due — “Render therefore to all their dues; tribute to where tribute is due; custom to where custom…honor to where honor” (Romans 13:7). SCDTSEA wants you to recommend outstanding administrators, officers, teachers and schools. Lance Collins and I have been appointed to request and receive your input and then the Executive Committee will select the ones to honor. Please send names, schools and reasons for your recommendations to — jandjsabb@att.net.

Lance and I also have been asked to solicit names of colleagues who desire to share their leadership to the state level with SCDTSEA. Please consider this request and respond if you are proud of what you have done at your school and community and would like to get involved as an officer or board member of SCDTSEA.

I will end with some quotations relating to our field:

“Given the present day traffic situation in the United States and the high fatality rate of the young, it seems clear that some kind of preparation for driving in today’s traffic is necessary.” –National Transportation Safety Board, U. S. Department of Transportation.
“No cause, not even the highest and purest, can prosper in our day without making education its ally.” –Horace Mann.
“Regardless of the effectiveness of driver education/driver training in reducing accidents, it does prepare young people to operate a vehicle on the road, and not even the loudest of critics has suggested that they join the traffic system unprepared, or that early training be turned over once again to parents or friends. Thus the question seems to be not whether driver education/driver training should be continued, but how can it be improved” –A Practical Plan For Driver Training by James L. Malfetti.

Yours for Safety,

Joe

Joe Sabbadino
Past President, SCDTSEA

2016 SCDTSEA Conference

The 2016 SCDTSEA Conference will be held on Friday, November 18, 2016 in Blythewood, SC at the SCDMV Building. The theme will be Distracted Driving

Click here to download the conference registration form
Click here to download an SCDTSEA membership application
Click here to download the conference poster contest details
Click here to download the conference schedule

Schedule:

Time Event
07:15 a.m. – 08:00 a.m. Exhibitors/Vendors set-up
07:30 a.m. – 08:30 a.m. Registration & Visiting Exhibits
08:30 a.m. – 08:45 a.m. Welcome, Invocation & Pledge of Allegiance
Presiding Officer: David Smith, President, SCDTSEA
Dr. Albert Neal, Chaplain, SCDTSEA
Ms. Dixie McNair, Board Member, SCDTSEA
08:45 a.m. – 09:00 a.m. Greetings
Mr. Karl McClary, Inspector General, SCDMV
09:00 a.m. – 09:30 a.m. Business Meeting, part 1
Election of SCDTSEA Officers & Board Members: Mr. Andrew Johnson, President Elect, SCDTSEA
Installation of Officers: Dr. Albert Neal, Chaplain
09:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Parents Role in Driver Education/Training
Andy Pilgrim, Expert, Driver Trainer
10:15 a.m. – 10:25 a.m. Break: Visit Exhibits and Check Door Prizes Booth
10:25 a.m. – 10:55 a.m. Tips/Reminders For Driver Education Teachers
Dr. Harry Stille, Driver Education Professor, Erskine College, Due West, SC
10:55 a.m. – 11:10 a.m. Awards & Presentation
Mr. David Smith, President, SCDTSEA
11:10 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. Respecting Motorists: Automobiles and Motor Cycles
Mr. Bill Rhyne, Safety Officer, SC
11:40 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. Role of SC Transport Police Regarding Commercial Vehicles
Lieutenant Roy Cloud/ Corporal Cato, SC Department of Transport Police
12:20 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Realities of Driving on the Highway Transportation System (HTS)
Mr. Andy Pilgrim, Expert Driver Trainer
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Lunch, Visit Exhibits and Check Door Prizes Booth
2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Poster Contest Results
Mrs. Janice Cowen, State Coordinator, Operation Life Saver
Mr. Eric Robertson, Vendor/Exhibitor, Greenfield, IN
2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Business Meeting, part 2
Secretary’s Report: Mr. Jerry Lloyd, Secretary
Treasurer’s Report: Dr. Harry Stille, Treasurer
2:30 p.m. – 2:40 p.m. Closing Remarks
President, Mr. David Smith
President Elect, Mr. Andrew Johnson

A Letter From the Former President

Mark November 18, 2016 on your calendar for the SCDTSEA Conference. It will again be at Blythewood, SC’s SCDMV! Expect the conference to be as excellent as the 2015 conference! One of the foremost national safety experts has already been contacted. Mr. Andy Pilgrim gave a powerful presentation on “The Realities of Driving Today” at the last Southeast Region American Driver & Traffic Safety Education Conference, and also gave out his new CD.

We will again have a poster contest and this year’s theme will be DISTRACTED DRIVING. The posters should be done on regulation size posters (22 x 28). Have your students write the following on the back of the poster: their name, address and phone number, as well as the name of your school. Each school can bring up to eight posters that their 2016 students made. The posters will be judged during the SCDTSEA Conference by non-driver educators. Cash prizes will be given to the top three posters (eligible only if a representative from your school is at the conference).

Think about recommending an outstanding teacher for both the commercial school and high school teacher-of-the-year. You can also recommend someone for the outstanding administrator of the year. If you want to make a recommendation send it to me (jandjsabb@att.net ) and I will forward it to the proper committee during a SCDTSEA Board Meeting.

Rev. Ben Colley, Community Outreach Coordinator of the South Carolina Highway Patrol, has been at SCDTSEA Conferences with the seat belt demonstrator. I decided to have him come during one of my classes. Ben brought the seat belt demonstrator and he also had Corporal W. T. Rhyne (Office of Community Relations, South Carolina Highway Patrol) come. They gave a most outstanding talk/presentation in about 30 minutes. I would encourage you have them come to your school also. Email Ben at BLCOLLEY@SCHP.ORG (Office phone is (803) 896-8180 and cell is (803) 206-8523.)

Joe Sabbadino

SCDTSEA Needs Help

SCDTSEA needs young teachers to take on the challenge of Leadership positions in our association. Many of our past/present officers are/have retired or will be in the not too distant future. Please consider taking up the helm! Our association needs to continue for many more years to help driver and traffic safety education continue being what it ought to be. Thank you for thinking about taking up leadership for SCDTSEA. More discussion will be at the Fall Teacher’s Workshop.

  • No group rises higher than its leadership. –NEA Journal.
  • Leaders are ordinary persons with extraordinary determination. –Southwestern Advocate.
  • Leadership implies knowing where you want to go, how you plan to get there, and how you will help your associates to advance with you. –Management Briefs.
  • Leadership is action, not position.
  • Anyone who is not leading others in life is not really living. –Charles E. Jones.
  • Leaders are made, not born. –Charles E. Jones.

2015 SCDTSEA Conference

The 2015 SCDTSEA Conference will be held on Friday, November 20, 2015 in Blythewood, SC at the SCDMV Building. The theme will be Helping Make Safer Drivers.

Click here to download the conference schedule.
Click here to download the conference registration form.
Click here to download an SCDTSEA membership application.
Click here to download the conference poster contest details.

Schedule:

Time Event
8:00-9:00 a.m. Registration and visiting Exhibitors
9:00-9:15 Welcome/Challenge/Prayer – Dr. Albert Neal, SCDTSEA Chaplain
9:15-9:20 Conference Theme, Joe Sabbadino, SCDTSEA President
Conference Presider, David Smith, SCDTSEA President-Elect
9:20-9:50 Driver & Traffic Safety in South Carolina
Colonel Kevin Shwedo, SCDMV Executive Director
9:55-10:15 Sarah Clem, Public Affairs, State Farm Safety Projects
10:20-11:30 Distracted Driving
Carol Hardin, National Driver Education Keynote Speaker
11:30-11:50 Strategies to Prevent Underage Drinking & Driving
Terecia Wilson, Research & Safety Consultant
11:50-12:05 Teacher Motivation and Service
Terry Taylor, SCDMV Supervisor
SCDMV Office of Inspector General
12:05-12:55 Lunch/Visit Exhibitors – Prayer beforehand by Dr. Albert Neal
12:55-2:05 Driver Education Instruction: Using Print and Visual Media
Carol Hardin, National Driver Education Keynote Speaker
2:05-2:15 Poster Contest Results (Exhibitors judging)/Visit Exhibitors
2:15-2:35 Driver & Traffic Safety in Public High Schools
Dr. Christine Beyer, Driver Education Consultant
SC Department of Education
2:35-3:00 SCDTSEA special awards, financial report, and Elections