Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Parkland College Traffic Safety Program Instructor Bill Emery has been selected as the 2012 Defensive Driving Courses DDC-4 Instructor of the Year by the National Safety Council.
The NSC annually honors Defensive Driving Courses instructors who go above and beyond course training responsibilities to demonstrate leadership, dedication, and a desire to impact the lives of students. Emery will be honored as the DDC-4 Instructor of the Year with other driving course category winners during the NSC’s 2013 Safety Congress & Expo, which will take place Sept. 28–Oct. 4 in Chicago.
According to the NSC, the U.S. has more than 9,200 certified DDC instructors, and Emery’s longtime dedication puts him among the nation’s finest driving safety instructors and instructor trainers. The Champaign resident is a retired Safety Education/Public Information Officer with the Illinois State Police, where he served for 25 years. During this time, he implemented the state police’s Operation Cool program with Capt. David Morgan and worked with the media on traffic safety. The first instructor of the state’s Alive at 25 specialized teen survival driving course and a passionate instructor on child safety seats, Emery earned the Thelma Kuska Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest individual child passenger safety award in Illinois.
Emery continues to teach for the Parkland College Traffic Safety Program and has trained more than 30,000 people across multiple states; he has taught in 57 high schools in nine counties as well as for community groups, churches, and businesses.
Nominations for the DDC awards may be made by a National Safety Council division member, board member, officer, training center, member chapter, instructor, or interested person with involvement in the Defensive Driving Courses.