Sept. 2005 Newsletter - California Association for Safety Education

Sept. 2005 Newsletter - California Association for Safety Education
California Association for Safety Education
Volume XV, Number 3 - Sept. 2005
Legislation Update
President’s Message
By Jerry Gaines, CASE Governmental Relations Representative
by John Knippel
The California State Legislature passed two significant bills this month related to
private schools offering classroom driver education, and graduated license regulations
related to nighttime curfew and passenger restrictions. Other pending teen driver
education and licensing bills related to extending required driver training time and use of
cell phones were put over to next January.
AB 846 (Liu) passed the Legislature (after the Senate deleted DMV enforcement
language) that would establish regulations on private high schools that choose to offer
classroom driver education by correspondence or other distance-learning methods in order
to receive certificates of satisfactory completion forms from the DMV. Private schools
must (1) have a current affidavit on file with the Superintendent of Public Instruction that
they are in compliance as specified in the Ed. Code for private schools. (2) They must use
the DMV driver education curriculum, or certify to the DMV that the curriculum is
educationally equivalent to the DMV curriculum. (3) New regulations require that all
DMV certificates issued to a private school remain under control of the school and a school
shall only issue a certificate to a pupil enrolled in the school upon successful completion
of a driver education course offered by the school. And (4) the new regulations require all
course curriculum contain the school name, address and telephone number, and to be
reasonably secure and protected from unauthorized access to safeguard from copying. The
bill now goes to the Governor for his signature.
Comment: This bill is a start to addressing the fraud and deception noted by the
Sacramento Bee recently. Unfortunately, there is no real enforcement power for the DMV
short of just withholding certificates and risking another lawsuit. More work is needed to
regulate correspondence and distance-learning driver education programs.
AB 1474 (Maze) passed the Legislature and takes effect pending the outcome of SB
806 (Speier) which is held in committee. Pending the outcome of SB 806 next January,
AB 1474 would take effect July 1, 2006. It changes the curfew from midnight to 5:00 a.m.
to 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. It changes the passenger restriction from the first six months
to the first year of the provisional driver’s license (PDL). In addition to AB 1474
provisions, SB 806 would in its present form add additional penalties for violations of the
PDL. Regardless of the final outcome of SB 806, there will be extended curfew and
passenger restrictions on the GDL by July 1, 2006.
Comment: This bill is a start in addressing identified crash causes known for new
novice teen drivers. Particular attention is given to a need for more solo time for first time
drivers, away from peer pressure during the first year of driving. CASE strongly supported
this bill.
In summary, there was some positive movement on addressing issues identified by the
recent series of stories written by the Sacramento Bee. More efforts are needed to address
the key problems that exist in teen licensing such as quality and accessible driver education
and training for new entry level novice teen drivers. CASE will focus on these issues along
with its coalition partners such as the two automobile clubs (CSAA and ACSC).
Welcome back to another new year,
refreshed and ready to go. The reports on
the Tahoe Conference were very positive.
New life is being pumped into our
organization, and we are now ready for the
next phase of growth.
Our next conference is the weekend of
April 21-22, 2006 in Palm Springs. We
will again be at the Ramada Resort and
Conference Center. This is your chance to
really get involved. We are seeking your
help in contacting potential speakers to
help us reach all of our coalition partners
such as the PTSA, ACSA (school
administrators), OTS, chambers of
commerce, county offices of education,
EduServe, credential advisors, high school
counselors, heads of trauma departments
at universities and hospitals, EMS
California Trucking
Association, Southern California Edison,
and anyone who needs well-trained drivers.
We need YOU to be there. We need
parents to be there. We need state and local
representatives to be there. This is our year
to make a difference for all drivers of all
ages, but especially the new, young drivers.
Email me ([email protected]) with any
great speakers you may know.
We have submitted a grant proposal to
fund a driving training program that will
augment your current program. If it gets
approved all high schools in California
will receive free training and materials for
their classrooms. Several of you saw the
initial presentation at the Tahoe
Conference. It was presented both last
year in Portland and this year in Hawaii at
the ADTSEA National Conferences.
California will again be a leader in traffic
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President’s Message
CASE Newsletter
(continued from page 1)
We invite you to also write articles for
the CASE Newsletter about your innovative
programs or some of the latest research you
have read. I cannot read all that is published,
but together WE can. Let’s share that
information with each other all year, not
just at the conference. Speaking of the
conference, make it a goal this year to
invite a prospective member to the
conference. Many of us are retiring soon
and replacements are urgently needed in
the classroom.
With all the emphasis on API and
AYP scores, electives will be at a premium.
EDUCATION. We not only keep young
people alive, we also keep them in school.
Make sure your administration realizes the
overall value of your course. Driver
education is a perfect match for all the
latest research on how teens learn best as
well as all the emphasis on Multiple
Intelligence Theory. Our course material
can be used to increase the relevancy of the
“core” curriculum and raise test scores.
Have a good year. I hope to hear from
you soon
Published by the California Association
for Safety Education
CASE Calendar
April 21-22, 2006 - 54th Annual CASE
Conference, Ramada Hotel Resort, Palm
Springs. Watch for registration forms and
information in the mail or online at
Nominations Requested
for CASE Spring Election
Members of CASE interested in elective
office for the term beginning July 1, 2006
and ending June 30, 2008, should submit
the following information to the
Nominations and Elections Committee:
• A statement of qualifications
• A resume of professional service and
activity in the Association
Nominations must be received by
December 15, 2005 for the offices of
President-Elect, First Vice-President,
Second Vice-President, Northern Region
Representative, and Southern Region
Representative. Please send the information
CASE Nominations Committee
25 Shelbourne Place
San Mateo, CA 94402
President Bush Signs
Reauthorization Bill
In August President Bush signed the
transportation reauthorization bill. The bill
provides NHTSA funding to “...conduct
research on, evaluate and develop best
practices related to driver education
programs, including driver education
curriculum, instructor training and
certification, program administration and
delivery mechanisms, and make
recommendations for harmonizing driver
education and multistage graduated
licensing systems.”
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Driver Education Teacher
Preparation Courses
Driver Education teacher preparation
courses are continuing in the Northern
California and Riverside areas.
For information contact Jackie
Gunderson at the Fresno County Office of
Education (559) 265-3031 or Michelle Sang
at UC Riverside School of Extended
Education (909) 787-4361 x11661.
Even if you have a credential, this is
good for salary scale advancement as the
units are all graduate credit.
Richard Mikulik, Editor
25 Shelbourne Place
San Mateo, CA 94402
E-mail: [email protected]
CASE Web Site:
CASE Officers
John Knippel, President
18121 Rose Ave.
Bloomington, CA 92316
(909) 877-2484
e-mail: [email protected]
Craig Dill, Past President
2209 Atrisco Circle
Sacramento, CA 95833
(916) 359-5777
e-mail: [email protected]
Bill Corliss, President-Elect
14883 Ave. 312
Visalia, CA 93292
(559) 798-1938
e-mail: [email protected]
James Lewis, 1st Vice President
2303 Teasley St.
La Crescenta, CA 91214
(818) 957-5264
e-mail:[email protected]
Keith Merrihew, 2nd Vice President
86 Burl Avenue
Clovis, CA 93611
(559) 297-8345
e-mail: [email protected]
Larry Terrill, North Region Rep.
470-980 Wingfield Rd.
Susanville, CA 96130
(530) 257-4220
e-mail: [email protected]
Larry Woodruff, South Region Rep.
3608 York Circle
La Verne, CA 91750
(909) 593-0563
e-mail: [email protected]
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Occupant Deaths from Inflating
Airbags have been all but Eliminated
Evidence accumulates year by year that inflating frontal airbags
in newer vehicles are causing few deaths and injuries. From a high
of 68 deaths attributed to inflating airbags in 1995 model vehicles,
only 1 such death occurred in a 2004 model (a 56-year-old woman
in the front passenger seat). No deaths were caused by inflating
airbags in 2002-03 models.
This information is from the
National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration’s on-going
investigations of crashes in which
airbag-related deaths are believed to
have occurred.
Fifty-eight of the 68 airbag deaths in 1995 model year vehicles
were infants and children. There have been no deaths of infants in
rear-facing restraints since 1997 models and no child deaths since
2001 models.
The reduction in adult deaths can be attributed largely to airbag
redesign (those in 1998 and later models inflate with less power).
Other contributors include increasing belt use and education
encouraging shorter drivers to sit father from the steering wheel.
Much of the fatality reduction among children has resulted from
education to ensure that kids travel in a back seat, away from frontal
airbags. Depowering airbags also has reduced deaths and injuries
among infants and children riding in the front passenger seat.
Source: IIHS Status Report, August 6, 2005
U. S. Won’t Reduce Time that Truckers
can be on the Road
On August 19, the Bush
administration declined to
reduce the number of hours
a long-haul trucker can
drive without rest. The
Federal Motor Carrier
Safety Administration
announced new hours of
service regulations on the
trucking industry, but left
intact a controversial, 2-year-old provision allowing drivers to stay
on the road 11 hours without a required rest.
The action drew immediate criticism from Advocates for Highway
Safety, a coalition of consumer, health, medical and safety groups
and insurance companies.
A federal court in 2003 stopped the agency’s original move to
increase a 10-hour driving limit that had been in effect for decades.
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The Teamsters union has criticized the new legislation. “What
reasonable person who has traveled our nation’s roads and highways
thinks that forcing tired truck drivers to stay behind the wheel even
longer is good public policy?” Teamsters President James Hoffa
Joan Claybrook, president of the safety group Public Citizen, said
that drivers can drive 20 percent longer and spend 30 percent more
time on duty under the new rule. She said the agency’s own data
show that deaths resulting from large truck crashes are up 3.1
percent from 2003 to 2004.
Wal-Mart and other retailers have lobbied Congress to extend the
workday for truckers to 16 hours, something labor unions and
safety advocates say would make roadways more dangerous for all
Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems
Required by NHTSA
The National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration issued a final rule requiring
automakers to install monitoring systems capable
of detecting when one or more of a vehicle’s tires
(up to all four) are 25 percent or more below the
manufacturer’s recommended infaltion pressure
or a minimum activation pressure specified in the
standard. By mandating a specific pressure
measurement, this rule effectively eliminates pressure warning
systems that rely on antilock brake wheel speed sensors. Systems
based on antilocks don’t measure pressure directly but impute low
pressure when one tire rotates faster than another.
Compliance with the new rule will begin later this year. Twenty
percent of light vehicles will have to comply between October 5,
2005 and August 31, 2006. Compliance goes up to 70 percent
through August 31, 2007, and then 100 percent of light vehicles
must comply.
Source: IIHS Status Report, August 6, 2005
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California Association for Safety Education
54 Annual CASE Conference
Ramada Resort & Conference Center, Palm Springs
Friday, April 21, 2006, Noon to 5 p.m.
Saturday, April 22, 2006, 9 a.m to 5 p.m.
Join us for a stimulating and interesting program with
presentations from top educators and experienced professionals in
traffic safety education.
CASE has reserved a large block of rooms at the beautiful Ramada
Resort & Conference Center, 1800 East Palm Canyon Drive at Sunrise
Way, Palm Springs. The hotel has an excellent conference facility and
a beautiful garden courtyard complete with an Olympic-size pool
and hot therapy pools. It is within walking distance of shopping
centers, restaurants and nightclubs. Many fine golf courses are nearby.
• The Ramada Resort Conference room rate is $85.95 Friday and Saturday and $75.95 Sunday
through Thursday plus tax, single or double occupancy. Participants are responsible for
their own hotel reservations. Request the special CASE Conference Rate, which is available
3 days before and 3 days after the conference. Reservations must be made by March 21,
2006 to receive the group rate. Call Toll-Free for reservations 1-800-245-6907.
• Conference Registration Fee: $100 for CASE members or $140 for non-CASE members. The
$140 fee includes a one-year CASE membership. Make checks payable to CASE Conference
(Registration Form below). Fee includes banquet style luncheon on Saturday plus informal
social hour Friday with hors d'oeuvres/refreshments and raffle awards. Conference
registration fee must be received by April 1 to guarantee Saturday banquet meal.
Registrations received after April 1 are $140.
Registration must be received no later than April 1, 2006
Mail check to: CASE Conference, 25 Shelbourne Place, San Mateo, CA 94402
Name: __________________________________________ School District/Business ____________________________________
Address: ____________________________________________________
Evening Phone (
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City ______________________________________ State _____ Zip _________ E-mail: __________________________________
Registration Fee Enclosed: $____________ ($100 CASE members, $140 non-members*)
School District Purchase Orders not accepted (if your school district is paying for registration, a district check must be
sent with this registration form attached).
* $140 fee includes one-year CASE membership
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Record Low Highway Fatality Rate in 2004
The fatality rate on the nation’s highways in 2004 was the
lowest since record-keeping began 30 years ago, the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced in
August. The number of alcohol-related fatalities also dropped for
the second straight year.
All told, 42,636 people died on the nation’s highways in 2004,
down from 42,884 in 2003. The fatality rate per 100 million vehicle
miles traveled (VMT) was 1.46 in 2004, down from 1.48 in 2003.
The fatality rate has been steadily improving since 1966 when
50,894 people died and the rate was 5.5.
Traffic deaths declined in California and 26 other states, while
fatalities increased 42 percent in Vermont, the biggest jump in the
nation, followed by New Hampshire, New Mexico, Alabama and
Oklahoma. California had the highest number of fatalities in the
nation last year—4,120—but that figure represented a 2.5 percent
drop from the previous year when 4,224 deaths were recorded.
Alcohol-related deaths were up slightly in 2004, at 1,643
compared to 1629 in 2003. This figure represents 40% of the total
NHTSA estimated that highway crashes cost society $230.6
billion a year, or about $820 per person.
Source: 2004 Crash Fatality Counts, August 2005, NHTSA
driver-ZED DVD
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety is releasing an expanded
version of the interactive DVD driver-ZED (“Zero Errors Driving”).
The expanded version will include a new segment on work-zones,
double the number of safety tips, along with parent/teacher/teen
supplemental guides.
The Foundation is making the current version of driver-ZED
available for the closeout sale price of $12.95 (online at or by calling 1-800-305-SAFE).
92.5% of Californians
are Wearing Seat Belts
A record number of California
motorists are wearing their seat
belts, according to federal statistics
released September 7.
The National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration’s yearly
tabulation for 2005 shows that 92.5
percent of all California vehicle
occupants are wearing their seat belts. That number is up from 90.4
percent for 2004. The survey is taken during June of each year
nationwide. California has the fifth highest compliance rate in the
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California Legislators Plan Hearings on
Driver Education
According to an article in the September 13
Sacramento Bee, Staff Writer Tony Bizjak reports
that two state legislators are planning hearings in
January to search for reforms that lead to training
better and safer young drivers.
Senator Tom Torlakson, D-Antioch,
chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, is quoted as
saying the current system of driver education and behind-the-wheel
training “is not making the kind of dent in acccident statistics we
would like to see. Let’s find the state of the art, the most effective
Bizjak writes that Torlakson is being joined by Assemblywoman
Carol Liu, D-La Canada Flintridge. They will be looking at why so
many teens fail their driver’s license tests, in addition to whether
teens need more hours of driving practice and fewer hours in the
classroom. Torlakson said, “I’m only asking the questions, not
leaning one way or another.”
Aides to the legislators said the hearings could involve looking
at toughening restrictions on when teen drivers are allowed on the
road and who can be with them. They will also be looking at the
unregulated Internet businesses that offer driver education
completion certificates online.
In a previous Bee article, Bizjak reported that California is the
only state among the few accepting Internet driver education
certificates that doesn’t regulate online companies or review what
they teach. He also found that some teens receive driver education
completion certificates for just a few hours of reading or even
skimming on-line, without teachers or classroom discussions.
Assemblywoman Liu’s AB 846 has passed the Legislature and
is awaiting signature by the governor. The bill requires private
online driver education schools to post the DMV’s suggested
curriculum or an equivalent curriculum on their Web sites. However,
the bill does not give the DMV authority to monitor the schools.
Torlakson and Liu have agreed to take a more comprehensive
look in January at how to improve driver education for teens in
California. According to Liu’s chief of staff, Suzanne Reed, “They
want to look at the efficacy of the whole system, what’s being taught
and how. The endgame here is to make sure that student drivers are
being appropriately trained.”
Source: “Legislative Hearings Planned on Teen Drivers,”
Sacramento Bee, September 13, 2005, page A3.
The Bee's Tony Bizjak can be reached at (916) 321-1059 or
[email protected]
Bizjak’s article may be viewed online at
We have
posted a link to the article on the CASE Website homepage at
Motor Vehicle Crashes are the Leading
Cause of Death in the U. S. for Ages 3 - 33
NHTSA has reported that 43,005 people died in motor vehicle
crashes in 2002 and that motor vehicle traffic crashes were the 8thleading cause of death among all ages that year. But broken down
by age, crashes were the No. 1 cause of death for every age from
3 through 33.
The 10 leading causes of death for all ages were:
1. Heart Disease
2. Cancer
3. Stroke
4. Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease
5. Diabetes
6. Influenza/Pneumonia
7. Alzheimer’s
8. Motor Vehicle Traffic Crashes
9. Nephritis/Nephrosis (kidney disease)
10. Septicemia (blood poisoning)
Source: National Center for Statistics and Analysis, NHTSA, using
NCHS (CDC) 2002 Mortality Data
Analysis of Speeding-Related Fatal Crashes
A study released in June analyzed speeding-related motor
vehicle traffic fatal crashes using NHTSA’s Fatality Analysis
Reporting System (FARS). Following is a brief summary of some
of the findings of the 76-page report.
Speeding is one of the most prevalent factors contributing to
traffic crashes. Speeding reduces a driver’s ability to steer safely
around curves or objects in the roadway, extends the distance
necessary to stop a vehicle, and increases the distance a vehicle
travels while a driver reacts to a dangerous situation. Higher crash
speeds also reduce the ability of vehicle, restraint system, and
roadway hardware such as guardrails, barriers, and impact
attenuators to protect vehicle occupants
• Speeding is a factor in 30 percent of all fatal crashes.
• Saturdays have the highest number of speeding-related fatal
crashes, followed by Sundays and Fridays.
• About 40 percent of speeding-related fatalities occurred on a
• Male drivers are more likely to be involved in speeding-related
fatal crashes than female drivers among drivers of all ages.
• The relative proportion of speeding drivers decreases with
increased driver age.
• About 41 percent of intoxicated drivers (BAC= 0.08+) involved
in fatal crashes were speeding, compared to only about 14
percent of the sober drivers.
• Motorcycle operators had the highest proportion, as a percent of
all motorcycle drivers involved in fatal crashes, to be speeding.
• Western states have a higher percent of speeding-related fatalities
as compared to the Eastern half of the US.
Source: Analysis of Speeding-Related
Fatal Motor Vehicle Traffic Crashes, June 2005, NHTSA
NHTSA Evaluation of the Repeal of the AllRider Motorcycle Helmet Law in Florida
Effective July 1, 2000, Florida eliminated the legal requirement
that all motorcycle riders wear helmets. State law now requires
helmet use only by riders under the age of 21, or older riders who
do not carry at least $10,000 of medical insurance.
Observational surveys and crash reports indicated that helmet
use dropped substantially following the law change. Motorcyclist
fatalities increased by 81 percent comparing 2001-2003 to 19971999, compared to +48 percent
nationally. Non-fatal serious
injuries began increasing in the
first six months of 2000, increased
by 32 percent in the first year
following law repeal.
There was a 40 percent increase
in the number of injured
motorcyclists who were admitted
to hospitals. Admissions for head
injuries increased by 82 percent. The average head injury treatment
cost increased by almost $10,000, to $45,602. In 1998 and 1999,
the acute care hospital charges for head-brain-skull principal
injury cases per 10,000 registered motorcycles were $311,549 and
$428,347 respectively. The comparable figures for 2001 and 2002
were $605,854 and $610,386, adjusted for inflation.
Time series analysis showed a statistically significant increase
in fatalities while controlling for changes in motorcycle
registrations. Similar analyses also showed significant increases
for Kentucky, Louisiana and Texas. Florida crash reports also
indicated that helmet use declined markedly among riders under
age 21, who were still covered by the law. Fatalities in this age
group nearly tripled in the three years
after the law change.
Comparing the 30 months before and
after the law change, there was an increase
of 55 percent in the average annual number
of motorcyclists killed (181 to 280,
respectively). Registrations increased an
average 33.7 percent in this time period.
Some of the increases in fatalities and
other injuries in Florida were probably
due to this increased ridership. The
expected number of motorcycle fatalities
as a result of the increase in registrations was 242. The actual
number who died in 2002 was 301, 56 (+24 percent) more
motorcycle fatalities than expected as a result of increased
registrations alone.
Nationally in 2001 and 2002, motorcycle miles of travel declined
compared to earlier years. Given the large registration increase in
Florida, it is unlikely that this national pattern held in the State.
Source: Report on Florida Motorcycle Helmet Law Repeal
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Please help us increase our membership!
Our Membership Committee is requesting that each member do his/her part to bring in new members. Please check with the driver
education professionals at your school or district to see if they are members of CASE. If not, provide them with the membership
application below and discuss the importance of belonging to their professional association.
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