Joe Fitzgerald is the owner of Southeastern Driver Training Center and a Traffic Safety Speaker. Joe is a former Traffic Crash Reconstructionist and has been recognized as an expert witness in the fields of Traffic Crash Reconstruction, Drug & Alcohol Impaired Driving and the Streets & Highways of Wilmington, NC.
Here’s a quick post to help my clients learn a little more about me and my background.  Here ya go.

  • Born in NC
  • Currently 39 years-old


  • Graduated from North Davidson High School in 1997
  • Graduated from UNC-Wilmington with Bachelor’s Degree’s in Criminal Justice with a minor in Spanish in 2001


  • Worked with the Wilmington Police Dept for 11 years.
    • Worked in patrol
    • Traffic
    • Helicopter Unit
    • SWAT Team
  • Recognized as an expert witness in the following fields:
    • Traffic Crash Reconstruction
    • Drug & Alcohol Impaired Driving
    • Standardized Field Sobriety Testing
    • The Streets & Highways of Wilmington, NC
  • Worked with the StreetSafe Lifesaving Driving Program as Executive Director
  • Currently own/operate Southeastern Driver Training Center

Teaching Philosphy

  • When you’re having fun, you’re learning. I have a short attention span myself so I try to make my classes and presentations interactive and impactful at the same time.


  • Graduated top of class from Police Academy
  • First ever Drug Recognition Expert (DRE)at Wilmington Police Dept
  • Former Law Enforcement Instructor, DRE Instructor, Standardized Field Sobriety Instructor
  • Attended and completed Sniper school at Storm Mountain Training Facility in West Virginia
  • 2007 Outstanding Service Award presented by NC Governor’s Highway Safety Program and New Hanover County District Attorney’s Office


  • Married to my wife Lisa for 18 years (currently)
  • Father of twin boys that are currently 17 years old
  • We have a Yorkie named Brody


  • Children’s and Youth Pastor at Central Church in Wilmington
  • Surfing
  • Hunting
  • Fishing
  • Reading

There you go.  That pretty much sums me up!  Thanks for reading!