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Montana Traffic Education News - February 2019

SAVED BY THE BELT - MDT BUCKLE UP MONTANA CELEBRATES SAVED LIVES

road-safety-week-2.jpgThis Valentine's Day and all year round, remind your students and the ones you love to always buckle up. MDT Buckle Up Montana was at the Capitol Rotunda on January 29 to give three Saved by the Belt awards to people who survived a crash because they were buckled up. Visit the Buckle Up: Saved by the Belt Program website to read about and view videos of others who were smart and saved because they remembered to wear their seat belt and buckle their children, too. Teen drivers can benefit from watching these videos. Also at this website are excellent resources for driver education research projects. 

NEW ONLINE CDTP REFRESHER COURSE VIA OPI'S TEACHER LEARNING HUB

opi_badge_black.pngRefresh your understanding about the Cooperative Driving Testing Program and become familiar with recent changes and updates with this free online course. It might have been a few years since your first training in CDTP or you might be a new teacher with questions about recording CDTP data, submitting forms correctly and on time, and the age-eligibility of students. Designed to take about an hour, you can earn one OPI renewal unit while staying on top of CDTP rules and procedures. Visit http://opi.mt.gov/learninghub, login or create an account, search for CDTP, and enter CDTP as the enrollment key. This course is ONLY for CDTP-certified traffic education instructors.


MONTANA DRIVE SUMMER WORKSHOPS - Registration is open for the Summer 2019 season!

drive-2019-web.jpgAttend a Montana DRIVE One-Day Summer Workshop in Lewistown!  The season starts June 3 and ends August 8.  Register by March 5 for an early registration discount of $10 per driver. Montana DRIVE Teen Week is July 22-26 (registration for teen workshops starts in March).  Teachers can earn up to 9 renewal units or one college credit through MSU-Northern when they stay an extra day to student teach. Please share with your school bus drivers and student body. Workshops cost $330 and are open to all drivers. Visit http://montanadrive.mt.gov to learn more.

SAVE THE DATE - MONTANA TRAFFIC EDUCATION CONFERENCE - APRIL 28-30, 2019 - BUTTE

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Plan to attend the annual Montana Traffic Education Conference, hosted by the Montana Traffic Education Association and the Office of Public Instruction. The conference begins Sunday, April 28 and concludes Tuesday, April 30 at Butte's Copper King Hotel and Convention Center. This year's theme is Teaching the Whole Student with sessions on teaching from the heart, sharing the road with bicycles, motorcycles and semis, parent meetings, and more! Registration will begin in March. All traffic education instructors will receive MTEA's spring newsletter with a registration form. Visit http://mteaonline.org for details.



Contact the Traffic Education Office at 406.444.4432 or email Fran Penner-Ray, Traffic Education Director, or Patti Borneman, Traffic Education Program Specialist. Visit the new and improved Driver Education web pages at the OPI website: http://opi.mt.gov/DriverEd.  Curriculum updates are ongoing. Check out what's new!