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Traffic Education

Information and resources for educators, parents and teens on driver education and teen driver safety.


Traffic Education Data & Reporting System (TEDRS)

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Have you seen the new Buckle Up Signs that are posted at many of Montana’s high school parking lots? They are the result of a 2013 Buckle Up Montana campaign funded by the Montana Department of Transportation. Participating schools also conducted seat belt surveys before the signs were posted and afterwards.

Any school can conduct a seat belt survey anytime at any location in their community to gather data and raise awareness about buckling up. Feel free to download the seat belt survey form or the more detailed observational survey form below. 
Buckle Up Montana Seat Belt Survey
Observational Seat Belt Use Survey & Compilation Forms

Montana’s Seat Belt Laws & Resources to share with students and staff:
Seat Belt Activities
Montana Seat Belt Law flyer
Buckle Up Montana (MDT)
Driving Safety (DOJ-MVD)
Seat Belt Safety (DPHHS)

Questions about the Buckle Up Sign Campaign? Call (406) 444-4432 or email

Driver Ed

The Complete Adapted, Illustrated Version - Montana Driver's Manual for Obtaining A License to Drive

This manual contains many detailed illustrations and may take a long time to download as a complete document. For this reason, the manual has also been separatedinto chapters for easier download.

Downloading Tip: Windows Users: Click and hold with your right mouse button, and select "Save Target As" from the menu that appears. Macintosh Users: Click and hold with your mouse; select "Download Link to Disk". These files are PDF files and must be viewed with the Adobe Acrobat Reader.


Teaching Traffic Education in MontanaSteps to obtaining TE Endorsement

To teach traffic education in Montana’s public schools, teachers must have an active Montana educator’s license, an acceptable driving record, and at least 8 semester credits in initial traffic education coursework taken at Montana State University-Northern. Traffic education courses taken elsewhere might be transferable to Montana. Click the MSU-N link below for more information on obtaining the required credits to become an approved traffic education teacher. The current summer schedule of traffic education courses at MSUN is also posted below.

Traffic education teachers are in demand in Montana. One way a school fills this gap is to encourage a currently employed teacher to seek the traffic education endorsement. In just a few weeks from late spring to early summer, an educator can receive enough training to begin teaching traffic education in mid-summer with initial approval from the Traffic Education Office at the OPI. To learn more about becoming a teacher of traffic education and what is required to maintain your approval, download Teaching Traffic Education in Montana FAQs.

Contact the Traffic Education office with questions about teaching traffic education in Montana. For information on establishing or renewing your Montana educator’s license, go to the Educator Licensure webpage. To learn more about the traffic education profession in Montana, go to the Montana Traffic Education Association website where you can learn about their annual conference and other activities of the organization.

Cooperative Driver Testing Program (CDTP) Forms and Documents

Montana Traffic Education Association - MTEA

MTEA logo

2014 OPI/Montana Traffic Education Association
Spring Conference
Bozeman, MT – April 27-29, 2014

To learn more, visit
MTEA's new website.

MTEA Contact for more information:

MTEA Forms
COY - Contributor of the Year
MTEA Past Outstanding Traffic Educators
MTEA Past Outstanding Contributors

Conference Highlights

MTEA 2013 Great Falls

2013 MTEA Agenda
Dr. Griff Jones – Presentation Materials
Commentary Driving: Driver’s Education Terminology and Definitions
OPI Update
Peer to Peer Traffic Safety
Impact Teen Driving - Saving Lives Through Awareness and Education
Awkward Dad
Texting and Driving

MTEA 2012 Billings

2012 MTEA Agenda
Teens, Parents, and Driver Education: What's Down the Road? Dr. Jean Shope, UMTRI
OPI Update
Module 1 – Parent Meeting and the GDL
Section 504 Checklist
Speaker Bios
2012 MTEA Table Topics Notes

MTEA 2011 bozeman

2011 MTEA Agenda
City of Missoula daily public report
Montana Highway Patrol traffic incidents service
Crash Injury Mechanisms and Restraint Technologies
Grant Writing - Nuts and Bolts Strategies
Montana Safe Routes to School - Encouraging Active Lifestyles
OPI Update
Stuff I Always Wanted to say to "In-Car" Instructors

MTEA 2010 Helena

Discoveries in the Adolescent Brain
Enriching the Learning Environment
Road Signs Recognition Quiz
KEYS Project

Underage Drinking in Montana

MTEA 2009 Great Falls

2009 MTEA Agenda

MTEA 2008 Lewistown

Alcohol, Energy Drinks and Youth: A Dangerous Mix
2007 Montana Youth Risk Behavior Survey
High School Driver Education Parent Information Meeting
State of the State

MTEA 2007 Great Falls

Driver Age and Instruction Permits
Effective Communication with Parents and Others by Jessica Hartos, PhD
Syllabus Sample
Quick Note - Sample Parent Communication
The Keys Project
Trends in Driver Education
On the Road: Making an Impact
2007 Panel Notes: Roles in Implementing GDL
Oregon Driver Education Facts 2007

MTEA 2006 Butte

The Montana Driver Education and Training Curriculum Guide by Elizabeth Shephard
Why Not Me by Maria “Montana” Palacios-Hardes
Effective Strategies for Communicating with Parents by Jessica Hartos, PhD
WPA Posters