2014 SCDTSEA Conference Highlights
Better Drivers Make Highways Safer is our theme. A lot can be said about such! I thought of three things.
First, we need more students to teach. Surveys indicate that less than 50% of new drivers receive any formal driver education and/or driver training. No wonder why driving is the number one killer of teenagers! Senator Shane Massey told me that he will reintroduce the bill he tried to get passed last year: for all teenagers to take driver education and/or driver training. We need to help make this a reality!
Second, we all need to do better in our teaching. Studies show that one in three young people crashes in the first six months after they get a license. The fatality rate for drivers age 16-19 is four times that of drivers age 25-69. We need to be as prepared as possible to prepare our students to become better drivers.
Third, we need to consider our vocation as a ministry. Teaching students to get a license is minor, but teaching students to become safe drivers for life is major! We need to make money, but there is more to our vocation than making money. Henry Ford said that “a business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.” Winston Churchill said “we make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” My mentor said that “it is one thing to work for a living and another thing to work for a cause.” May we always love what we are doing and know that we are making a difference with our youth!
May we all get a “shot in the arm” from this conference that will help us to produce Better Drivers that will make Highways Safer!
2014 Award Winners
Commercial Driving School of the Year
Hayden's Driving Academy, Cordova
Commercial Driving School Teacher of the Year
Mr. Dan Marsceau, Auto-Safe Driving School, Greenville
Driver Education Teacher of the Year
Mr. Joe Graham, Wilson High School, Florence
Administrator of the Year
Colonel Kevin Shwedo, SCDMV Executive Director
Traffic Safety Officer of the Year
Captain Jim Crawford
Traffic Safety Leadership of the Year
Joe Sabbadino, Teacher and SCDTSEA President
SCDTSEA Award for Outstanding Work
Dr. Harry Stille, Erskine College Professor and SCDTSEA Treasurer
Seat Belt Poster Contest
|1st Place ($150)||Jake Dorrah||Mid-Carolina High School, Newberry|
|2nd Place ($100)||Daniel Smitley||Sabbadino Driving School LLC, Taylors|
|3rd Place ($50)||Elizabeth West||Sabbadino Driving School LLC, Taylors|