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

2015 SCDTSEA Conference Highlights

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2015 SCDTSEA Award Winners (Sponsored by AAA Carolinas)

Award Winner
Traffic Safety Officer of the Year Terry Taylor, SCDMV Office of the Inspector General, Supervisor

Administrator of the Year Dr. Christine Beyer, Driver Education Consultant to the SC Department of Education

Friend of Driver and Traffic Safety Education Sarah Clem, State Farm Safety Projects

Achiever of the Year Terecia Wilson, Research and Safety Consultant

Leadership of the Year Award Carol Hardin, National Driver Education Speaker

SCDTSEA Award David Smith, Mid Carolina High School

Commercial Driving School of the Year Budget Driving School

Commercial Driver Teacher of the Year Joe Sabbadino, Sabbadino Driving School

Driver Education Teacher of the Year Robbie Wiggins, Clover High School

Seat Belt Poster Contest (Sponsored by State Farm) 1st Place, Judah Smith, Sabbadino Driving School LLC, Taylors ($300)
2nd Place, Kylie Watts, Sabbadino Driving School LLC, Taylors ($200)
3rd Place, Joseph Calamia, Sabbadino Driving School LLC, Taylors ($100)

Parent-Teen Driving Agreements

This post contains links to some parent/teen driving agreements.

Click here to view an agreement created by the Allstate Foundation.

Click here to view an agreement written by Doreen Haughton-James of www.123DriveDrivingAcademy.com.

Click here to view an agreement written by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Click here to view the parent-teen agreement used by AAA Carolinas.

Click here to view the family agreement used by Sabbadino Driving School.

SCDTSEA Driver and Traffic Safety Teacher’s Creed

We, the driver educators of South Carolina, do hereby dedicate our personal and professional efforts as teachers:

  • To effectively alert our students of the increasing hazards of operation a motor vehicle
  • To increase the decision-making skills of our students, relative to the effects of alcohol, drugs, and the student’s individual value system
  • To instill the traits of character that should make one a safe driver and good traffic citizen, such as respect for the rights of other drivers, obedience to laws and maintaining self-control
  • To keep abreast of changes in the field of driver education and traffic safety
  • To be constantly aware of the physical, mental, and emotional health and growth of our students
  • To work as a team in respecting the rights, the integrity, and the dignity of our fellow educators
  • To keep ever in mind our common goal to reduce the accidents and fatalities in our cities, state, and nation.

Proposal to Have Driver Education and Driver Training Under One Agency

A critical need in our state’s driver education and driver training programs today is a strengthening of the teacher selection, preparation, certification process, performance of the teacher, and structured learning experiences. The best way to search for ways to improve the instructional program is to have everything under one agency.

During the Southeast Region ADTSEA Conference, it was learned that all of the above is under one agency in Georgia and that the standards for teacher preparation and teaching courses are also same for high school and commercial school. In South Carolina the above is done by both the Department of Education and the Department of Motor Vehicles. The standards and regulations are also different in South Carolina.

A person can prepare to become a teacher in commercial school by taking 40 hours of instruction by a teacher without a college degree; to prepare to teach in high school a person needs a degree and 12 hours credit in driver and traffic safety education. A person can teach the full eight hours of commercial classroom driver education in a one day setting; to teach the full 30 hours of high school classroom driver education, it would have to be in a day’s hour or hour and half classroom sitting until the 30 hours are done. High school and commercial school both have to teach six hours of behind-the-wheel instruction, but there is no curriculum guide or mandate of what is to be taught. The Department of Education recently allowed driver education to be dropped if local school officials wanted it to be so (used to have a mandate that driver education had to be offered in each high school). All driving educators in high school or commercial school is certified by the SC Department of Motor Vehicles.

Perhaps a committee ought to be set up to study this further. It would be good to have a safety colleague or two from SCDTSEA to also be on such a committee. Maybe even take a survey of what other states are doing and what is working the best.

The desire is to see attempts for better quality teacher preparation and teaching measures for everyone involved in teacher driver and traffic safety education. More resources are needed to provide better standardization and supervision. One agency to be responsible for this tremendous task seems to be part of the answer.

Thank you for your consideration to improve the above situations. Please let us know of any attempts to this endeavor.

Joe Sabbadino