AAA to Z: A Safety Summit for the Next Generation of Drivers

May 13, 2020 - 8:30am to 1:30pm

William Paterson University
University Commons Ballroom
(located within Speert Hall)
300 Pompton Road
Wayne, NJ 07470

New teen drivers are invited to join AAA, traffic safety experts, law enforcement and health/education teachers for a candid discussion on the challenges and risks new drivers face as they transition from the passenger seat to the driver’s seat.

Traffic safety experts and advocates will engage youth in interactive discussions to leave youth and attendees with knowledge and resources to take back to their schools and communities.

AAA Safety Summit Attendees

Topics will include the 4 D’s of impaired driving

  • Drunk
  • Drugged
  • Distracted
  • Drowsy

Who should attend?

  • College & High School Student leaders
  • SGA & SADD
  • Directors
  • Student Athletes
  • Heath Educators
  • Law Enforcement
  • Driver Education Professionals
  • School Resource Officers
  • Traffic Safety Stakeholders

Speakers Include:

Nicholas Worrell
Chief, Office of Safety Advocacy, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)

Leah Walton
Safety Advocate, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)

Rick Birt
 President & CEO, Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD)

Pam Shadel Fischer
Sr. Director of External Engagement & Special Projects, Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA)

Violet Marrero
Consumer Safety Administrator, NJM Insurance Group

Wendy Berk
Vice President, Brain Injury Alliance of NJ

Sangeeta Badlani
Founder & President, Nikhil Badlani Foundation

Connecticut Teen Safety Summit – December 6, 2017

Colleen Sheehey-Church, National President, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
"The Power of You(th)"

Timothy Hollister, Attorney, Author, and Teen Driving Safety Advocate
"Not So Fast"

Joni Siani, Professor, Author & Filmmaker
“Celling Your Soul”

Leah Walton, Safety Advocate, National Transportation Safety Board
“Drowsy Driving”

Evan Levene, AAA Allied Driving Instructor
“Driving with ADHD”

New York Teen Safety Summit – November 14, 2017

Kristi Ladowski, Stony Brook Trauma Center
“Impact Teen Drivers: What Do You Consider Lethal?”

Jake Nelson, Director of Traffic Safety Advocacy & Research, AAA National
“The Dangers of Vehicle Technology”
“Distracted and Drowsy Driving”

Scott Wellens, Manager, NYU-Winthrop Sleep Disorders Center
“Teens and Drowsy Driving”

Chuck Conroy, Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee Representative
"Resources and Partners"

Lloyd Albert, Senior Vice President, AAA Public/Government Affairs
“AAA to Gen Z: A Safety Summit Welcome Remarks” 

Massachusetts Teen Safety Summit – November 1, 2017

Rick Birt, Acting CEO, Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD)
“5 Easy Steps to Change the World”

Jake Nelson, Director of Traffic Safety Advocacy & Research, AAA National
“Distracted and Impaired Driving”

Joni Siani, Professor, Author & Filmmaker
“Celling your Soul”

Michele Ellicks, Community Outreach, Mass Dept of Transportation
“Teen Driving”

Elizabeth Lange, MD, Waterman Pediatrics and Coastal Medical
“ADHD, Anxiety, Advice”

Roadside Assistance Truck