Teens in the Driver Seat – TDS Summit 2016

May 15-17, 2016

Great Wolf Lodge
100 Great Wolf Drive
Grapevine, TX 76051

Car crashes are the #1 killer of youth in America. The Teens in the Driver Seat – TDS Summit will showcase student leaders in bringing awareness about this problem to their peers, their families and their community. Come learn more about this epidemic and latest innovative solutions to combat it. Activities will be available for teens, teachers, school administrators, families, law enforcement, safety practitioners, industry and more. Join us as we celebrate the accomplishment of driving down the fatality rate in Texas while still working to save more lives, across the state and nation.

Highlighted at the Summit will be the Teens in the Driver Seat® (TDS) program. TDS has over 12 years of experience as a peer-to-peer education and outreach program that has now been active in over 1,000 high schools and junior high schools across Texas, Georgia, California, Connecticut, Nebraska, Montana, North Carolina and 30 other states. Come meet our Teen Advisory Board members along with award-winning TDS Teams and learn how our youth are taking a leadership role in helping stop the #1 killer of teens in the United States.

CPE (Continuing Professional Education) Credit Workshop

Are you a teacher/safety administrator in Texas* required to obtain mandatory training hours each year? Meet some of your required hours this year at the TDS Summit by attending "Teen Traffic Safety Education: Creating a Traffic Safety Culture at Your School." This continuing professional education session focuses on the top five driving risks that contribute to the number one cause of teen deaths in America: car crashes. Learn More


  • Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) - Save a Life - logo
  • State Farm - logo
  • Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) - logo

Program Information

Our tentative program is now available online.

Event Attire

Business Casual. If available, Teens in the Driver Seat® shirts are encouraged.

Official Language


Registration Information

Registration Fees


(Students, Teachers and Administrators for High School or Junior High School)

  • $70 – Regular registration fee (thru April 15, 2016)
  • $90 – Late registration fee (after April 15, 2016)
  • $25 – Awards luncheon only (available for "schools" only)


  • $90 – Regular registration fee (thru April 15, 2016)
  • $115 – Late registration fee (after April 15, 2016)


For more information about purchasing a booth at the TDS Summit, please visit the exhibitor web page.

  • $115 – Regular registration fee (thru April 15, 2016)
  • $135 – Late registration fee (after April 15, 2016)


  • $0 – Complimentary

The single conference registration fee includes 1 t-shirt and admission to all sessions, two continental breakfasts, two luncheons and breaks. NOTE: Only registrations received by April 15, 2016 will be guaranteed the size requested on the registration form. Register early to ensure you get the correct size shirt!

Online Registration

To register for this conference, use our online registration form. Online registration closes May 6, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. (CST).

Payment Information

Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover credit cards are accepted online.

Checks or money orders (U.S. currency drawn on a U.S. bank) payable to TTI-TDS16 can be mailed to:

Event Management & Planning
Texas A&M Transportation Institute
Texas A&M University System
3135 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-3135

Online registration is required by the deadline in order to honor the early registration fee rate.

Event Management & Planning (EM&P) cannot invoice; therefore, payment of the conference registration fee must be received prior to admission to the conference.


For payment processing purposes, the vendor identification number for TTI EM&P is 37277277275000. The federal identification number is 74-2270624.


If you need to cancel your registration, please contact EM&P by 5:00 p.m. CST on Wednesday, May 4, 2016. After May 4, 2016, no refunds will be made. However, you may substitute someone in your place if you are unable to attend. There will be $25 processing fee to cover the cancellation costs.

Registration/Information Desk

The registration/information desk will be open at the Great Wolf Lodge during the following times:

  • Sunday, May 15, 2016
    1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (CST)

  • Monday, May 16, 2016
    7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (CST)

  • Tuesday, May 17, 2016
    7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (CST)

Sponsorship Opportunities

If you would like more information about sponsoring the TDS Summit 2016 and details regarding the different sponsor levels or additional opportunities, please contact Rubi Mares at r-mares@tti.tamu.edu or (210) 979-9411.

  • $5,000 – Premier Sponsor
  • $2,500 – Diamond Sponsor
  • $2,000 – Platinum Sponsor
  • $1,500 – Gold Sponsor
  • $1,000 – Silver Sponsor
  • $500 – Bronze Sponsor
  • $250 – Core Sponsor

Hotel Reservations

Accommodations have been arranged at the Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine, Texas and attendees are responsible for making their own arrangements and paying for their own room and related travel costs.

A limited number of rooms are on hold for a $125 rate for the evenings of Sunday, May 15, 2016 and Monday, May 16, 2016. Note: Sleeping rooms at the Great Wolf Lodge can accommodate up to 6 (six) people per room, per night. Please call and make your reservation as soon as possible. Each individual has up to 72 hours prior to arrival date to cancel the individual room without a cancellation fee per room. If the individual cancels the room within 72 hours of the arrival date, 100% of the first night's room rate plus tax will be charged to the individual's credit card or taken from your deposit. Deposits (taken either in cash or by credit card) are refunded or credited only if notice is received 72 hours prior to arrival date and cancellation number must be obtained by the guest.

To reserve a room, individuals should call Great Wolf Lodge's Central Reservations Department at (866) 791-9653 by Friday, April 22, 2016, assuming rooms are still available. Please refer to the group name "TDS Summit 2016" when making your reservation. Reservations for this event received after this date will be accepted on a space available and rate available basis.

All reservations must be guaranteed by the individual and accompanied by a credit card guarantee. Presentation of the credit card used for reservation and valid identification is required at check-in. Incidental expenses will be the responsibility of the individual. Guests will be required to leave a valid credit card or cash deposit in an amount determined by Great Wolf Lodge at the time of check-in.

Check-in time is 4:00 p.m. Guests arriving before 4:00 p.m. will be assigned rooms as they become available.

Check-out time is 12:00 p.m. (This is a special extended check-out time for all guests with the TDS Summit.)

Your hotel reservation also includes:

  • 1 waterpark pass for each registered overnight hotel guest
  • Waived daily resort fee of $19.99 per room
  • Complimentary high speed wireless internet service
  • Complimentary self-parking
  • USA Today newspaper
  • Local & out-going 800 telephone calls
  • In-room coffee
  • Iron Horse Fitness Center
  • Incoming/Outgoing fax message service
  • Discounted Shuttle Service to Grapevine Mills Mall/Bass Pro Shop – discounted rate of $3.00/per person each way

Note: TDS Summit attendees must be registered hotel guests (with a sleeping room reserved) with Great Wolf Lodge in order to visit the waterpark. TDS Summit attendees attending the conference and not staying overnight at Great Wolf Lodge will not have access to the waterpark.

ALSO: Absolutely no outside food or beverage may be brought on premise and consumed outside of private guest rooms. All food and beverage consumed on the premises of Great Wolf Lodge must be purchased through Great Wolf Lodge, excluding private guest rooms. Patio areas and parking lot are included as property public premise. Food prepared by the hotel and remaining uneaten during a function may not be taken out of the hotel function space.


Complimentary self-parking is available at the Great Wolf Lodge.


Address for GPS Device:

100 Great Wolf Drive
Grapevine, TX 76051

From Fort Worth (West):

Take TX-121 North towards DFW Airport, keep right as TX-121 and TX-183 merge. Turn left on Texan Trail. Turn right on Grapevine Hwy/TX-26. Great Wolf is 1 block on the right.

From downtown Dallas (East):

Take I-35 E North to I-635 West. Take I-635 West 7 miles to Bass Pro Drive. Turn left on Bass Pro Drive. Turn left on Grapevine Hwy/TX-26. Great Wolf is 1 mile on the left.

From North Dallas (North):

Travel TX-121 south towards DFW Airport. Exit right on Grapevine Hwy/TX-26 at Grapevine Mills Mall. Great Wolf is 2 miles down TX-26 on the left.

From Houston (South):

Take hwy 45 North to I-35 E North to I-635 West. Take I-635 West 7 miles to Bass Pro Drive. Turn left on Bass Pro Drive. Turn left on Grapevine. Hwy/TX-26. Great Wolf is 1 mile on the left.

Teens in the Driver Seat Program

For more details about TDS Summit 2016, please visit: t-driver.com/tdssummit/. To learn more about the Teens in the Driver Seat program or to engage your school or community in this program, please visit t-driver.com.

City Information

For more information about the city of Grapevine, Texas, visit http://www.grapevinetexasusa.com/.

For More Information

Program Contents

Russell Henk or Kathy Montemayor
Texas A&M Transportation Institute
ph. (210) 979-9411 · fax (210) 979-9694
r-henk@tamu.edu | k-montemayor@tamu.edu

Sponsorship Information

Rubi Mares
Texas A&M Transportation Institute
ph. (210) 979-9411 · fax (210) 979-9694

Registration & Exhibit Information

Event Management & Planning
Texas A&M Transportation Institute
Texas A&M University System
3135 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-3135
ph. (979) 862-1219 · toll-free (888) 550-5577