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Registration Now Open for 3rd Annual Statewide Driver Education Conference, Registrants Receive Free ADSTEA 3.0 Curriculum
June 14, 2016 - 11:06am

Calling all Driver Education professionals... don't miss the 3rd annual statewide Driver Education Conference, Wednesday, August 17 at NJM Insurance in West Trenton.  In addition to a day full of expert speakers, workshops, and networking, you'll also receive a free ADTSEA 3.0 Curriculum (a $175 value).

If you can't make it, encourage a colleague to attend. Start the new school year with a new curriculum that addresses aggressive, distracted and drowsy driving, and much more!

A current NJAHPERD membership is required for Driver Education teachers employed in public, private and charter schools.  NJAHPERD membership is encouraged, but not required for commercial driving school instructors.  There will be only one conference this summer and a Driver Education Track at the NJAHPERD State Convention in February.  Check your membership and Register today. 

Early bird registration is just $50 for Driver Education Teachers, $75 for Driving School Instructors, and $25 for College Students,  But don't delay, the registration fee increases after Aug. 10 and space is limited! 

 

Coalition Honors 2016 GDL Champions, Calls on parents to enforce GDL provisions, ensure teens are getting enough sleep during prom and graduation season and year-round
May 17, 2016 - 9:00am

Teen safe driving advocates from across New Jersey met in Monroe Township on May 19 to honor a transportation leader, a teacher, a high school, and a community for their efforts to promote the proven principles of Graduated Driver Licensing, the state's novice driver licensing program. The 2016 GDL Champions joined with the New Jersey Teen Safe Driving Coalition, to call on parents to enforce the lifesaving provisions of the state's GDL law and ensure that their teens are getting sufficient sleep during prom and graduation season and year-round before getting behind the wheel. The event was sponsored by NJM Insurance Group.

Read the full press release

 

Top 5 Things Many Parents May Not About Teen Driving, Coalition Encourages Parent Education During Global Youth Traffic Safety Month, Prom and Graduation Season
May 5, 2016 - 7:50am

A National Safety Council poll found 76 percent of parents are unaware that the biggest risk to their teens’ safety is the vehicle sitting in the driveway.  In observance of Global Youth Traffic Safety Month this May, and at the height of prom and graduation season, the New Jersey Teen Safe Driving Coalition compiled a comprehensive list of things many parents may not – but need to – know about teen driver safety:

  • Car crashes are the #1 killer of teens.

  • Teens crash most often because they are inexperienced – not because they take more risks behind the wheel.

  • Other teen passengers are one of the biggest distractions for teen drivers. Just one teen passenger raises a teen driver’s fatal crash risk 44 percent. Two passengers double the fatal crash risk and three or more quadruples it.

  • Most fatal nighttime crashes involving teen drivers happen between 9 p.m. and midnight.

  • More than half of teens killed in car crashes were not restrained in a seatbelt.

“Parents tend to worry most about the things we hear in the news, like cyber bullying and drug and alcohol use,” said Pam Fischer, Leader of the NJ Coalition. “But car crashes are a leading killer of teens in New Jersey.  Ensuring our most vulnerable drivers safely gain the experience they need will result in more teens attending prom and graduation, not their friends’ funerals.”

Five easy, but effect tips for parents to help keep their novice driver safe include:

  • Remind your teen to buckle up on every trip, and make sure their passengers are buckled, too.

  • Enforce driving rules, even after school lets out; summer is the most dangerous driving season for teens. One third of parents surveyed said they allow risky behaviors during vacations, like allowing their teen to drive late at night.

  • Practice with teens, even after licensure, to ensure they are retaining good driving habits.

  • Model good behaviors. Ninety-five percent of parents who drive distracted do so in front of their teens.

  • Reinforce no cell phones – including hands-free – when driving; it’s the law. More than half of teens feel pressure from their parents to answer their phones when mom or dad calls them when they’re driving.

The New Jersey Teen Safe Driving Coalition encourages parents with new teen drivers to get educated about New Jersey’s Graduated Drivers License or GDL program, which applies to all new drivers during the first year of licensure.   Parents can also use resources from DriveitHOME.org to help them become effective driving coaches.  DriveitHOME.org includes tips, driving lessons and a New Driver Deal, which parents and teens can use to outline household driving rules.  The National Safety Council and the General Motors Foundation also developed Steer Your Teen in the Right Direction, which can be presented by anyone concerned about teen driver safety.

 

 

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