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Message from NETSEA President

November 12th, 2019

President's Message

I welcome all of you to the NETSEA website.  As we venture into 2020, I wonder if back in the year 2000 we would have thought that soon we will have self-driving vehicles using the automated driving system. Autonomous Vehicles will have the capability of sensing their environment and moving safely within the driving roadways with little or no human input. The first truly autonomous cars appeared in the 1980's  with CarnegieMellonUniversity's Navlab. In 1995 CMU's NavLab5  completed a coast-to- coast drive of the US. It traveled from PittsburghPennsylvania (where CMU is) to San DiegoCA.  In 1991, the US allocated $650 million for research on the National Automated Highway System. In 2016 the European Commission allocated funds to advance their Autonomous Vehicles. Audi took a lead role in developing these Autonomous Vehicles.

Rhode Island has Legislation (S-2514) in the Senate Judiciary Committee which permits the use of vehicles equipped with autonomous technology on Rhode Island roads. S-1841in Massachusetts defines autonomous vehicles and would allow the operation of autonomous vehicles on the public roadways if the manufacturer certifies that all safety standards are met. It also permits testing by manufactures on public roads. This legislation is pending and is a Senate Study Order.

Why am I writing about this?  As we move forward with this technology I wonder what the role will be of the Driver Education Instructor.  As vehicles become self-driving, what will we teach our students? Will we even have students? Will we be an automobile technologist teaching how to drive a self-driving vehicle?  As we look to the future what will our Teacher Prep courses look like and what will our curriculum look like?

I do not have the answer to those questions but I know we need to start thinking about it. According to NHTSA data in 2018, when Vehicle Technology was evident in newer vehicles we had a 2.4 percent decline in overall fatalities. This is the second consecutive year of reduced crash fatalities.  Data shows that fatalities among children 14 and younger declined 10.3 percent; alcohol-impaired driving fatalities went down 3.6 percent; and speeding related fatalities declined 5.7 percent. We also found a 4.7 percent decline in Motorcyclist fatalities. We are seeing the same trend in 2019.  However pedestrians and bicyclists fatalities increased by 3.4 percent. 

Yes, technology played a vital role in reduced fatalities. I believe so did Education. Whether you use AAA curriculum, the ADTSEA Curriculum, Fred Mottola's Driver Behavior Curriculum through his National Institute for Driver Behavior or something else that deals with Risk Taking Behaviors, we as teachers make a difference.

NETSEA is committed to continue to provide Professional Development Opportunities to our traffic safety community. Our workshop on November 16 in Manchester, NH provides workshops on the following topics:

  • The role Non-prescription and OTC Drugs play on the effects of Driving and Public Safety.
  • Automated Driver Assistance Systems
  • Returning to Drive After a Concussion
  • Adapted Van Demonstrations

Current Adaptive Driving Equipment and Technologies

  • Basic Sign Language (ASL) for the Driving Instructor
  • Parent's Roadmap to Teen Driving Safety

NETSEA is committed to be part of the solution to reduce not only deaths on our roadways but injuries as well. Even though our fatality rate has gone down, our crash rate has not significantly changed.  According to the National Safety Council, in 2017 there were 4.6 million motor vehicle incidents where the injury costs were estimated at $433.8 billion dollars. Obviously wearing seat belts and reducing speed would help in reducing the severity of the crash.

 

We, the NETSEA board would love to know what you need from us. How can we help you make a difference? Our officers and board members would love to hear from you. Below are the folks on the NETSEA board.

Warmly,

Barbara E. Brody, M.Ed

NETSEA Board President

 

ADED

 

 

Amanda Plourde

Vice President

Aplourde@northeastrehab.com

 

603 686-1441

Bruce Renfro

Treasurer

brucerenfro@vermontel.net

 

802 296-2004

Kristin Dixon Keilty

Kristen.keilty@gmail.com

 

508- 982-8485

MAINE

 

 

Bethany Kohler (state Supervisor)

 

Beth.Kohler@maine.gov

 

207 624-9156

Venus Nappi

 

vnappi@maine.rr.com

 

207-756-3107

Tony Vine

 

tvine@indieDriver.com

 

207 838-4634

MASSACHUSETTS

 

 

Leony Simo (State Supervisor)

 

Leony.simo@state.ma.us

875-368-7948 (W)

David Haley

 

Dave.Grandprix@gmail.com

 

508 771-1227

Paul McNamara

 

paul@saferoadsdrivingacademy.com

 

978 345-4855

Liam Kelly (Alternate)

 

kellyliamc@yahoo.com

 

508 771-1227

NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

 

 TFC Stephanie Bosch (State Supervisor)

 

Stephanie.Bosch@dos.nh.gov

Main 603-227-4075

Desk 603-223-8980

George Freyler

 

gfreyler@tds.net

603-491-5057 (C)

Jennifer Freyler Richard

Assistant

 

Jfrey58@hotmail.com

 

603 938-2530

Rod Hull

 

hullsdrivingschool@gmail.com

 

603 707-0942

Nancy Rodgers

Secretary

 

nrodgers@tds.net

 

603 648-2693

2019 NETSEA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

 

 

 

 

RHODEISLAND

 

 

Al Aubin

 

loupneige@cox.net

 

John Leeds

 

jmlO817@hotmail.com

 

401 743-0985

401-612-6237

Richard Sullivan

 

rsullivan2650@yahoo.com

401-766-2577

VERMONT

 

 

 

Sidney Bradley (State Supervisor)

 

Sidney.bradley@vermont.gov

802-828-2114

Barbara Brody

President

bashavt@comcast.net

 

802 373-1623

Gabriella Netsch

 

yankeedrivingschool@comcast.net

802-558-2897

Cathy Broderick

Alternate

cjb.broderick@gmail.com

802-849-9319 (H)

Lindsay Townsend

 

lindsaytownsend@earthlink.net

802-373-3464 (C)

AT LARGE MEMBER

 

 

Brigitte Nesteroke

 

biggi@frontiernet.net

845-386-4119 (H)

WEB COORDINATOR

 

 

Ted Kahn

 

tlkahn@hotmail.com

603-397-2321 (W)