Southeast Region Association of American Driver & Traffic Safety Education Association ...a condensed history
The Southeast Region Association of the American Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association grew out of the Southern Safety Conference and Exposition, an organized group of professionals promoting safety in fourteen southern states in the late 1930's.
ADTSEA was established in 1957. The ADTSEA constitution identified nine southern states and two territories , that make up the Southeast Region. These states are Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia with the territories of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
In the late 1960's, ADTSEA members who regularly attended the Southern Safety Conference established a Southeast Region Association. At the 1971 meeting in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, a draft copy of a constitution was discussed. Tom Love, of Gainesville, Florida was elected President. The constitution was adopted in Jacksonville, Florida in 1972 and became effective on September 1, 1972.
At the 1979 Southern Safety Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, the membership voted unanimously to sever all ties with the Southern Safety Conference and Exposition and to meet separately in Atlanta, Georgia for the 1980 Southeast Region Association of ADTSEA Conference.