Update 2019 SCDTSEA Conference

Dear Driver & Traffic Safety Specialists,

I know you would want the latest information for the 2019 SCDTSEA Conference. It will be December 6 at Blythewood’s SCDMV. Hope you will make plans to attend. This year the officers cannot get into the building until 8:30 Friday morning so the conference will start later than in the past. So far committed speakers are the following:

  • Bill Rhyne, SCDPS Speaker
  • Office of Highway Safety & Justice Programs, John Westerhold, Director
  • Terecia Wilson, past DOT and current professor at Clemson University

Two other speakers that have been invited include Andy Pilgrim of the Traffic Safety Education Foundation and SLED Chief Mark Keel. 

Pray for Dr. Harry Stille. He just got home from life-threatening surgeries and is in the process of recuperating. I know an encouraging card would be appreciated (P. O. Box 203, Due West, SC 29639). 

The DUI-E proposal is getting closer to becoming law. Continue to support this! One SCDTSEA proposal that I hope will be considered is having a city/county/state ordinance that limbs/branches hiding traffic signs and creating blind spots for motorists should be removed. Perhaps a warning for the property owner to do such in a certain amount of time or the city/county/state could do so if not done

My seeing the DWI poster board that one just blew $10,000 for the first offense got me wondering how much it really is. I also felt that teens would simply think such a sign is a “scare tactic” and not reality. At any rate I did some research and prepared a handout for my students regarding the average costs for the first offense (without a crash). You may want to use such. Oh, remember the drinking and driving poster contest for your 2019 students (info given earlier and on our website).

Professionalism is striving for quality in all that we do.  I will close with a few quotations:

“Put your heart into your work, and the quality of your work will put heart into you.”
“Quality — there are no small mistakes.  If it’s wrong, it’s wrong.”
“It’s one thing to work for a living; it’s another thing to work for a cause.”  –Dr. Bob Jones.
“The work in life is learning to be excited about your work.”  –Charles F. Jones.

Best regards,

Joe Sabbadino

Looking Ahead to the 2018 SCDTSEA Conference

Dear Colleagues,

We are working to have the November 30, 2018 SCDTSEA Conference at Blythewood’s SCDMV as good as can be. Registration/membership forms will be emailed to you in August or September, but I hope you will now reserve that date for the conference! One thing that we did want to attach for you is the poster contest information. It was sent out in January, but you may have lost the information. One new addition to this is, the teacher of the 1st winner will get $50 and a plaque. I hope that you can get some of your students to do safety posters for this contest and the top three will be rewarded with cash prizes.

Thank you for supporting the DUI-E bill. Although action was not taken this year, Representative Bill Taylor will present it again next year. If you are interested in making contact, his email is Bill@TaylorSCHouse.com. In regards to this subject, a most helpful PA for your teaching would be found by going to the internet and typing in “Your Last Text Texting While Driving.”

You may want to get on the mailing list of a few places that I consider very helpful in my teaching. One is getting the daily fatality reports in SC. You can make such a request to Beth Lancaster, SC Dept. of Public Safety, at BethLancaster@SCDPS.Gov. Another very helpful resource is receiving the SC Insurance Association’s daily reports. You can make such a request by going to www.SCinsurance.net.

Some of you have found it most helpful to have a guest speaker from the SC Department of Public Safety. In my area, Joe Hovis does a great job. I had him speak last week. His email is JoelHovis@scdps.gov.

I am in the Greenville area. If you are a long ways from here, contact Bill Rhyne and he can let you know who to contact for your area. Bill’s email is WilliamRhyne@scdps.gov. By the way, Bill will be one of the conference speakers and I have asked him to give a presentation like they would if it was at your school. Nothing complements our teaching and makes even more of a difference with the young people! In mentioning a guest speaker, I have been corresponding with Kim Conyers at State Farm and they would love to have a one of their people speak at your school talking about insurance. If that is an interest, email her at Kim.conyers.gpqc@statefarm.com.

May some of the above be helpful. I have felt that we all need more help in giving the best BTW instruction for the short time that we have. It was a concern of mine when taking courses to prepare for teaching driver and traffic safety education. I attended several universities in preparing to teach driver education/driver training (Univ of SC, Univ of GA, Texas A & M, and got my Masters in Driver and Traffic Safety Education Safety Education at Appalachian State University), but felt I still needed better training for the BTW. A speaker or two at the SCDTSEA Conference will give some great tips to help us provide better BTW instruction. For now, I will share some tips from how I teach BTW. The best way to teach student skills is to start with simple before complex maneuvers. Don’t be guilty of starting with parallel parking and working with students on it for hours!! I start off-road to help students get used to the vehicle, starting, stopping, smooth stops, turning and judgment stops. I may be the only one who tries to have two students in the vehicle so there can also be good learning from observation (required for high school driver education courses). This helps for faster learning — of course, observation time does not count as in-car time. Then I start on-road with tracking and then scanning (defensive driving procedures). By the way, I have pre-planned routes for every type of driving. Next I select a few good blocks to practice right and left turns, curb parks and 3-Pt turns. Now I feel the students are ready for freeway, city and mountain driving. Finally, I do the most complexed maneuver of parallel parking since the students now would have the best judgment, speed control, etc. After that, I will have them drive to practice what would be on the license test. With detailed planning like this, often I have students that still have more driving time to complete the six hours of BTW! Try this procedure if you aren’t and you will find that it will make a big difference!

Some of you are also coaches. A few driving quotations relating to what you also do:

In football a safety means two points.  In driving safety means your life. — Captain Billy Fallaw.

In basketball your goal is to score and in driving your goal is to arrive alive. — Donny Harrison.

Driving is like baseball.  It’s the number of times you reach home safely that counts.

Best regards,


Joe Sabbadino



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 Sabbadino

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 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


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.


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