Partner Matthew Fogg was a guest presenter at Glasgow High School in conjunction with The End Distracted Driving program on Friday, November 5. The program focused on providing guidance and assistance to students enrolled in drivers' education classes. During Matthew's presentation, he discussed the importance of teen choices, the ramifications of making wrong decisions and strategies to prevent distracted driving.
“It was great meeting this new generation of drivers. Respect is important to them. We talked about how disrespectful it would be for someone to be texting on their cell phone while driving," said Matthew. "At the end of the day, I’d rather be on the road with this generation of respectful drivers. They know how to make the right choices now before developing bad habits. What was striking to them is when I timed them grabbing their cell phones, unlocking them and reading the last text that they received. That typically took 4-8 seconds. In 4 seconds, one travels 360 feet at 60 mph. Nobody thought it was a good idea to drive down Interstate 95 at 60 mph with their eyes closed. Yet, that is what they would be doing if they checked their last text.”
EndDD.org is an end distracted driving organization founded in 2009. Their mission is to save lives from distracted driving through advocacy, education and action. A project of the Casey Feldman Memorial Foundation, EndDD.org was founded by Casey’s parents, Joel Feldman and Dianne Anderson. Since losing their daughter to a distracted driver, Joel Feldman travels around the country giving more than 500 presentations to end distracted driving. To raise awareness, Joel passes out hot pink wrist bands to middle school, high school and college students in Casey’s honor. Hoping those wristbands will help them remember just how deadly distracted driving can be.
Distracted driving is the leading accidental cause of death for persons aged 5-24. Click here to learn more about Feldman’s foundation and how you can end distracted driving.