Working to keep teen drivers safe in New York State

NYSDTSEA Conference

Keeping Safe and Fit As We Drive Towards the Future

Saturday, March 8, 2025
8 AM - 5 PM

Join driver educators, driving schools, and leaders in driver education at our annual conference in Verona. Learn about new products, services, and organizations dedicated to keeping our nation's drivers safe.

More information will be announced in December.

News and Highlights

DERIC Curriculum Workshop

Are you a NYS driver education teacher? Participate in this workshop and RECEIVE A $100 INNCENTIVE!

In addition, those who attend the morning workshop will have the opportunity to attend the afternoon AAA How To Drive Workshop at no charge -- providing teachers with a great experience and savings.

Saturday, July 20, 2024
The Crowne Plaza, Desmond Hotel Room, Albany, NY

My Car Does What? A National Safety Campaign

This National Council Safety Campaign states that "hundreds of millions of cars on our roads have safety technologies – new and old – that help reduce the risk of crashes and deaths. But even the most advanced safety feature cannot replace a safe, focused driver in the car.""

We are very grateful for the information that the National Safety Council and the University of Iowa, Public Policy Center has put together to educate the public on how to best interact with these safety features to have better, safer driving experiences. Ultimately, they are promoting that we are our car's best safety feature. We need to teach our youth who can in turn teach their peers and family members.

Vehicle safety technologies are constantly being updated, and so are the resources to help us understand them. In 2023, has created brand new videos, blog posts and more -- all designed to highlight the latest safety features and break down what your vehicle can and can't do.

Check it out and join the campaign

Conference Speakers


We are looking for dynamic speakers to give us interesting information or tools to enhance driver education programs. We appreciate those who volunteer to speak at our conference at no cost, keeping registration fees low for our teachers.

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Conference Sponsors


Without our sponsors we would have a hard time putting on our annual conference. Sponsorship levels start at $250 with additional opportunities available. Gain great exposure for your business; sponsor the conference today!

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Conference Exhibitors


Attend our conference for FREE! As an exhibitor, you get a 10' x 10' booth space (with 8-foot table, table linen and skirting, and two chairs). Meal tickets can be purchased during registration. Please let us know if you need access to electrical outlets.

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Drivers Ed Solutions New York State DMV New York State Education Department - Driver & Traffic Safety Education Students Against Destructive Decisions


Since 2009, New York State Driver Traffic Safety Education Association (NYSDTSEA) has advocated for excellence in driver education.

We are composed primarily of high school and college driver education teachers, supervisors, coordinators, and safety enthusiasts throughout New York. We are growing and hope to soon have members that represent over 200 driver education programs throughout New York state.

  • To improve and upgrade the teaching by high school and college teachers of traffic safety and driver education in the high schools and colleges of New York State.
  • To promote research which attempts to solve problems associated with driver and traffic safety and publish the information for use in high school and college driver education programs.
  • To cooperate with other agencies which are concerned with traffic safety, driver education and young drivers in the high schools and colleges of New York.

Traffic Safety Education Association Serving:

Map of NYSDTSEA Region
  • Capital Region
  • Central New York
  • Finger Lakes
  • Long Island
  • Mid-Hudson
  • Mohawk Valley
  • New York City
  • North Country
  • Southern Tier
  • Western New York

Quick Resources

DERIC Curriculum

The Driver Education Research and Innovation Center (DERIC) provides free, standardized driver education resources to help reduce crashes and produce safer teen drivers in New York State. The DERIC curriculum was developed by teen driving safety, teen behavior, driver education, and curriculum development experts through a partnership between the New York State Departments of Health, Motor Vehicles, and Education, as well as the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee.

Learn more about the curriculum.

Frank Beyer Memorial Membership Award

Each year we will draw a name from those members who are in attendance at the annual conference. That person will be awarded a year's membership for the following year in honor of Frank M. Beyer. Learn more.

Hall of Fame Award

The Hall of Fame Award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated long-term commitment and dedication to driver education and traffic safety.The nominee should be or have been a member of NYSDTSEA.

Nominate an individual for this award.

Past Recipients

  • 2024: Abe Kestenbaum
  • 2023: Gerald Goulet
  • 2022: Scoot Kingsbury
  • 2021: Jeff Baier
  • 2020: Lynne Renner
  • 2019: Alice Weele
  • 2018: Gary Kocher
  • 2017: Mike Bowman
  • 2016: Lee Stanley
  • 2015: Roger Dacey
  • 2014: Bart Badalucco, Frank Beyer, and Jane Townsend
  • 2013: Jeff Young
  • 2012: Thomas Beach
  • 2011: Steve Brown

Board of Directors

Jill Green


Erick Mundorff

Vice President

Troy Townsend


Jeff Baier


Brad Basal

Past President


Conference Committee

Jill Green

Marketing Committee

Troy Townsend

Curriculum/DERIC Committee

Brad Basal

Awards/Nominations Committee

NYSDTSEA Board of Directors

ADTSEA Representative

NYSDTSEA Board of Directors

Fundraising Committee

NYSDTSEA Board of Directors

Legislative Committee

NYSDTSEA Board of Directors

Hall of Fame Committee

NYSDTSEA Board of Directors

Constitution Committee

Brigitte Nesteroke

Membership Committee

Cathy Occhinoi

Vendors/Corporate Committee

Mark Rothwell/Doron

NSSP Representative

Jackie Townsend

Higher Education Committee

Jane Townsend

Elections Committee

Dan Twentyman