Click here to download the conference schedule, or view it below.

Draft Schedule:

Time Event
07:15 a.m. – 08:00 a.m. Exhibitors/Vendors Set-up
SCDTSEA Conference Registration
08:00 a.m. – 08:10 a.m. 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

The Fall 2017 SCDTSEA conference will be here before we know it! Click here to download the conference registration form and poster contest details.

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

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2016 SCDTSEA Award Winners

Award Winner
Lifetime Service in Driver and Traffic Safety Education Award Jim Collins, Auto-Safe Driving School

Traffic Safety Officer of the Year Cpl. Bill Rhyne, SCHP Spokesman

SCDTSEA Award Joe Sabbadino, Sabbadino Diving School

Friend of SCDTSEA Candace Rosado, SCDMV Inspector III

Outstanding Leadership in Driver and Traffic Safety Andy Pilgrim, Traffic Safety Education Foundation

Driver Education Teacher of the Year Don Cribbs, Latta High School

Commercial Driver Teacher of the Year Ed Ables, Ables Driving School

Commercial Driving School of the Year Thomas Adamo, Union County Driver Academy

Poster Contest 1st place, Hannah Lovegrove, Sabbadino Driving School LLC, Taylors ($300)
2nd place, Sneh George, Sabbadino Driving School LLC, Taylors ($200)
3rd place, Lydia Sutton, Clover High School ($100)

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

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

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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)

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.

The following is a link to a PowerPoint file about highway safety. It contains a lot of useful information and statistics.

Download the file here

The following two links are documents explaining the requirements of driver education courses in South Carolina.

Driver Education Regulations.pdf

Driver Education Regulations – Add On.pdf

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