Michelin’s launch of their new phase of Beyond the Driving Test with their limited-edition Michelin-inspired Vans and their Street Tread Contest. A newly released survey of U.S. teens conducted by Michelin North America in seven major U.S. cities reveals that 42 percent are driving with unsafe tire tread, and 40 percent are driving with improper tire pressure. To address this serious threat to the nation’s youngest drivers, Michelin is expanding its Beyond the Driving Test program. In this new phase of Beyond the Driving Test, Michelin aims to reach 1 million teen drivers with its #StreetTreadContest. To help further tell the story of the campaign, youth culture brand Vans partnered with Michelin to design limited-edition versions of Vans Classic Sk8-Hi and Old Skool shoes. ADTSEA supports Michelin’s efforts to reduce crashes and young driver fatalities.
To acquire one of the limited-edition Michelin-inspired Vans, teens must prove their street tread by sharing a photo showing that they know how to check a tire’s tread depth using a penny and/or know how to check tire pressure. Michelin will select 100 teen drivers throughout the summer, and the exclusive, limited-edition sneakers will be delivered to winners of the #StreetTreadContest after students return to school in the fall. Please share this with driving schools, driving instructors and teens through email, social media and website. To learn about critical tire safety checks and how to enter the #StreetTreadContest for a pair of limited-edition Vans, visit www.BeyondtheDrivingTest.com/StreetTread. For the full press release click here.
Board member Lance Collins was recently interviewed by Fox Carolina to discuss the new distracted driving bill sponsored by Representative Bill Taylor. The bill prohibits the use of any electronic device while driving, no matter if the operator is texting, calling, or even just touching the device. Motorists who drive under the influence of an electronic device will face a $100 fine for their first offense, and $300 per subsequent offense. Read Fox’s coverage of the story here.
Please do your part to support this bill and help make our roads safer.
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
Welcome: Mr. David Smith, Presiding Officer, President, SCDTSEA
Invocation & Pledge of Allegiance: Dr. Albert Neal, Chaplin, SCDTSEA
08:10 a.m. – 08:20 a.m.
Greetings: Mr. Karl McClary, Inspector General, SCDMV
Mr. Mike Lally, SC Department of Education
08:20 a.m. – 08:45 a.m.
SCDTSEA Business Meeting, Part 1
Election Committee Report: Mr. Joe Sabbadino, Past President, SCDTSEA
Mr. Lance Collins, Website Editor, SCDTSEA
Election of SCDTSEA Officers & Board Members: Mr. Andrew Johnson, President Elect, SCDTSEA
Installation of Officers: Dr. Albert Neal, Chaplin, SCDTSEA
08:45 a.m. – 09:15 a.m.
Autonomous Vehicles: Mr. Andy Pilgrim, Traffic Safety Expert, Traffic Safety Education Foundation, FL
09:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Fun in the Classroom: Mr. Greg Mangan, Drive 4 Life Academy, TN
10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Break with Exhibitors/Vendors & Check Door Prizes
10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Respecting Motorists: Mr. Bill Rhyne, Safety Officer, SC
11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Awards & Presentation: Mr. David Smith, President, SCDTSEA
11:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
The Truth About Drugs/Drug Free World: Mr. Darren Tessitora
11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
New Tools for Driver Educators: Mr. Andy Pilgrim, Traffic Safety Expert, Traffic Safety Education Foundation, FL
12:30 p.m. – 01:00 p.m.
SC Class “D” Road Test Procedures: Ms. Cindy L. Hutto, Master Examiner, SC Department of Motor Vehicles, SC
01:00 p.m. – 02:00 p.m.
Lunch & Visit Exhibitors/Vendors
02:00 p.m. – 02:15 p.m.
Poster Contest Results
02:15 p.m. – 02:30 p.m.
Business Meeting, Part 2:
Mr. Jerry Lloyd, Secretary’s Report
Dr. Harry Stille, Treasurer’s Report
02:30 p.m. – 02:40 p.m.
Closing Remarks: Mr. David Smith, President, SCDTSEA
Mr. Andrew Johnson, President Elect
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 (email@example.com ) 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.)