Why is there Driving on the Right Side of the Road?
Texas, when compared to other U.S. states, holds the unenviable distinction as having the highest total number of traffic deaths on its roadways (NHTSA). In 2012, a staggering 3,398 people perished on Texas roads (NHTSA). Sadly, children and young drivers account for many of these fatalities. In order to help stem the tide of lives cut short, DRSR and TMCEC provides the teachers of Texas with teaching materials and resources to inform youth of all ages how safe or unsafe traffic decisions can impact their lives. These resources correlate with the Texas TEKS, which are the state mandated skills that all teachers must teach their students. DRSR also collaborates with municipal courts across Texas to reach out to youth and their families. Together with Texas Law Related Education and Law Focused Inc., Driving on the Right Side of the Road has developed traffic safety lessons for use in the classroom to help teach students of all ages the rules of safety on the road.
FY 2015 Highlights and Accomplishments
We continue to be grateful for the financial resources offered by TxDOT that allow us to serve the teachers, judges, and clerks of Texas. Using the tools offered us, we have: exhibited at over 44 different venues, including at state conferences; provided kits of DRSR materials to over 46 different community groups, such as the DAR and the Alton Lions Club; we have trained 800 court personal as educational resources on traffic safety issues; we have updated 6 of our curriculum to current educational standards; 669 municipal judges and court personnel have attended TMCEC conferences through webinars on traffic safety issues; we have written 14.75 pages for judges and court personnel on the DRSR program and traffic safety issues; we have provided training to 1314 teachers and educators on DRSR curriculum and resources; and we have produced several traffic safety books- Don't Monkey Around with Safety in Your Neighborhood is the book that was produced this year, both in English and in Spanish.
We would like to thank TxDOT for its generosity.
Past Years Highlights & Accomplishments
Kids In Court... Children visit the Pasadena Municipal Court with Judge Lester Rorick to learn more about municipal courts.
TMCEC wishes to express its appreciation to Terry Pence, Traffic Safety Director, Traffic Operations Division, and Lydia Bryan-Valdez, Program Manager, at the Texas Department of Transportation for their valuable assistance in procuring funding and helping to implement the DRSR programs.
For more information contact TMCEC at 800.252.3718
A project of the Texas Municipal Courts Education Center
in cooperation with the Texas Department of Transportation