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
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 — firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.)