Delco, Montco and the Commonwealth of PA Establish Distracted Driving Awareness Month at the Urging of the Casey Feldman Foundation

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

By Dianne L. Anderson

Joel Feldman Speaking at the Montgomery County Commissioners Meeting

At the urging of the Casey Feldman Memorial Foundation and Casey’s Feldman’s father, Joel D. Feldman,  the Commonwealth of Pa and Delaware County, Pa.  established April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month.  A similar resolution was passed last week in Montgomery County. Casey’s parents, Dianne Anderson and Joel Feldman were on hand at the County Commissioners meetings in Delaware and Montgomery Counties to speak and were presented with copies of the resolutions.

“We all have to make a decision as to how we will drive,” stated Joel Feldman. “Will we continue to take chances, continue to multitask and continue to drive selfishly, or will we decide that driving distracted can never be worth the risk? It took my daughter’s death for me to change the way I drive. It should not take personal tragedies for all of us to change the way we drive.” (more…)

Casey Feldman Foundation Partners with NOYS for Second Annual YOUTH-Turn Contest

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

YOUTH-Turn, a program of National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS), sponsored by the Casey Feldman Memorial Foundation and supported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration(NHTSA), is inspiring young people to a turn traffic adversity into action with its annual Youth-Turn It Around Awards. The annual contest is open to middle school, high school and college students. Award winners will be awarded up to $2000 for their student organization for implementing a positive project in their school and community which addresses a traffic adversity. The deadline for registration is April 17, 2012. Go to the NOYS website for details.

Last year had three winners sharing  $10,000 in cash prizes. In 2011, the  first-place award winner, the Howells-Clarkson, Family, Career and Community Leaders of America Chapter of Howells, Nebraska received $5000.00 for their “Wear Your Seat Belt!” project. The FCCLA chapter created the project to avoid future tragedies after one of their members was involved in a serious car crash. Second place winner, the University of Virginia’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team (ADAPT) was awarded $3000 for addressing the impaired driving that takes place on the day of the Foxfield Races steeplechase event near Charlottesville, VA. Third place award recipient, the SADD (Students Against Destructive Behavior) chapter at Easthampton High School of Easthampton, Massachusetts received the third-place prize of $2,000 for their efforts in reducing teen driving fatalities. You can read more about last year’s projects and award winners here.

Foundation Launches International Campaign to End Distracted Driving Deaths Among Students

Monday, February 13th, 2012

Through our website, EndDD.org (End Distracted Driving),  Joel Feldman, the Casey Feldman Foundation and 60 For Safety is coordinating distracted driving presentations in all 50 states and 10 provinces in Canada to coincide with National Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April. This effort is being coordinated with more than 750 traffic safety professionals, judges and lawyers across the country. Local presentations are presently scheduled for more than 20 high schools in PA and NJ and new locations are being added weekly.

Casey Feldman was a  21-year-old senior journalism student at Fordham University when she was struck and killed by a distracted driver in Ocean City, New Jersey on July 17, 2009. Casey  graduated from Springfield High School in Delaware County, PA in 2006.  The Casey Feldman Memorial Foundation was established in her memory and is involved in pedestrian safety and distracted driving awareness education.

 Visit EndDD.org to learn more, to request a presentation in your area, or to contribute to help defray the costs of this program.

 

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Joel Feldman receives the 2011 Pennsylvania Association for Justice 2011 Community Service Award for work in distracted driving

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Thomas Anapol (left), Joel Feldman and Pa. Association of Justice President Ken Rothweiler

On October 21, 2011 Kenneth Rothweiler, President of Pennsylvania Association for Justice, presented Joel Feldman of the law firm of Anapol, Schwartz in Philadelphia with PAJ’s 2011 Community Service Award. Mr Rothweiler spoke about how the news of Casey’s death had affected him, as well as the entire legal community. He said that Joel chose to try to turn the tragedy into something positive, and had succeeded by taking steps so that others’ children did not also die senseless deaths. He said that it was an easy choice for him to select Joel as the recipient of the Community Service Award for 2011.

Since Casey’s death at the hands of a distracted driver in 2009, Joel, and his wife Dianne, have worked to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving in order to save lives. Their collective efforts resulted in reduced pedestrian deaths in New Jersey as a result of a new pedestrian safety law and raising awareness for drivers and pedestrians about the shared responsibility for safety. (more…)

Turning Adversity Into Action – Foundation Partners With NOYS and Announces YOUTHTurn Winners

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

With funding from the Casey Feldman Memorial Foundation and support from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS) launched the first-ever Youth – Turn it Around Awards Program. Recognition and cash prizes went to to youth organizations that utilized the YOUTH-Turn resource and turned tragic adversity into positive action in their schools and communities. The program was launched in May in celebration of National Youth Traffic Safety month and in conjunction with the launching of the United Nation’s Decade of Action for Road Safety where Casey’s parents were recognized for their effort in traffic safety. The winners have recently been announced:

Wear Your Seatbelt! –  Youth Organization Receives $5000 Traffic Safety Award

The Howells-Clarkson,  Family, Career and Community Leaders of America Chapter of Howells, Nebraska received the first-place YOUTH-Turn It Around Award of $5000.00. After one of their members was involved in a serious car crash, the FCCLA chapter created a project titled “Wear Your Seat Belt!”. The project addressed the important traffic safety concern of encouraging teen drivers to wear seat belts, and the chapter focused their efforts on educating students, using seat belt surveys, hosting visits from state officials, writing newspaper articles, showcasing artistic displays, and hosting an elementary school poster contest.

The group collaborated with teachers, administrators, local police, county police, the Nebraska State Patrol, and fire and rescue teams. The goal of the chapter was to educate the school and community in an effort to avoid future tragedies. The group administered a seat belt survey before their project and also after their project. Results from the survey after the project indicated that the rate of seat belt use was higher because of their efforts.

Be a Savvy Fox! – College Peer Educators Receive $3000 Traffic Safety Award

The University of Virginia’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team (ADAPT) peer educators recently received the second-place YOUTH-Turn it Around Award of $3,000 for their project titled “Be a Savvy Fox!”. They addressed the traffic safety concern of impaired driving on the day of the Foxfield Races steeplechase event near Charlottesville, VA. The group highlighted the problem of the all-day tailgaiting leading to excessive drinking and unfortunate consequences, following a crash  that occurred when a high school student drove after consuming alcohol at the Foxfield Races. After the crash, a survey was given to assess drinking and impaired driving behaviors. Results indicated that drinking and then driving was a major concern during this event.

As part of their campaign, students created media materials, led a social media campaign, and coordinated a student safety tent that provided free water, snacks, sunscreen, and information on race day. They used focus groups to test their messages and products. They also created a pledge campaign and gave out t-shirts to the first 500 students who signed the pledge. Results from their survey at the end of the program indicated that fewer students drove after drinking than in previous years, thanks to the group’s efforts.

 

Students Can Celebrate Without Drugs or Alcohol – Youth Organization Receives $2000 Traffic Safety Award

Students in the SADD (Students Against Destructive Behavior) chapter at Easthampton High School of Easthampton, Massachusetts recently received the third-place $2,000 YOUTH-Turn It Around Award for their efforts in reducing teen driving fatalities. After experiencing two tragedies in the last four years as a result of poor decision making on the part of both parents and teens related to alcohol use, the chapter decided to take action.

Students worked to conduct two social norms marketing campaigns where both high school seniors and their parents were asked a series of survey questions. Several of the answers to the questions were made into posters that were distributed at different times during the month of May. Messages included “96% of seniors believe that they would not get into a car with someone who has been drinking after the prom” and “Easthampton seniors believe that they can have fun at the prom without drugs or alcohol” and “8 out of 10 Easthampton seniors strongly believe that graduation night can be celebrated fully without drugs or alcohol”.

Posters with information from the parent survey were also displayed in the school, around the community, and on two billboards by the two main entrances to the community. Students also completed a sticker shock campaign, helped with compliance checks, and organized a health fair with interactive activities. After the events, one student wrote a letter to the school administration, asking that they help stop alcohol abuse by having a breathalizer at the prom. Other students supported the letter writer and provided their own ideas to help. As a result of the SADD chapter’s efforts, the community also created a substance abuse prevention task force, with students serving on the task force.

 

Related Posts and Links:

–  Joel Feldman and Dianne Anderson Recognized at Launching of the Decade of Action for Road Safety in Washington, D.C.

–  U.S. DOT  Faces of Distracted Driving Casey Feldman Video

–  NOYS Youth Turn YouTube video featuring Casey’s friends talking about the loss of Casey and turning adversity into something positive

–  Phi Sigma Pi Delivers Check to NOYS at the Launching of the Decade of Action for Road Safety in D.C.

–  Casey Feldman Memorial Foundation to Sponsor NOYS

–  NOYS YOUTH-Turn

ENDDD.org – End Distracted Driving website sponsored by Casey Feldman Foundation

 

 

 

Foundation Joins Forces With Street Safe and Police For Driver Safety Program in O.C. – July 2011

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

A guest experiencing the ramifications of distracted driving while using the Drive Square simulated Subaru vehicle

In  an effort to educate teens and adults about the importance of driving safely and the dangers of distracted driving, the Casey Feldman Memorial Foundation partnered with Street Safe Driving Academy and the Ocean City Police Department Traffic Safety Unit for a hands on educational program about distracted driving on July 23, 2011 in Ocean City, N. J. Summer is the deadliest season for  drivers, and crowded shore towns with constant congestion and pedestrians can make an already tough driving environment even worse. Casey Feldman lost her life as a pedestrian in Ocean city, N.J. to a distracted driver two years ago.

Guests were able to sign a banner pledging to refrain from driving distracted

Guests heard from speakers including Casey Feldman’s parents, Dianne Anderson and Joel Feldman and were able to participate in Drive Square Simulation System demonstrations. Participants were able to drive in virtual reality by wearing computerized goggles while operating the controls of a StreetSafe vehicle from Subaru. By introducing dangerous situations such as unexpected obstructions, sudden maneuvers from other drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists, Drive Square allowed participants to practice their driving skills while in a safe, controlled environment. Participants first measured their ability to drive in dangerous situations while concentrating only on driving. A distraction—such as talking on the phone or texting—was then introduced, and the effects of distracted driving were immediately apparent.

Casey's mother, Dianne Anderson speaks with guests in the community center while Joel Feldman, Casey's father is interviewed by the press outside

The Casey Feldman US Dot  (United States Department of Transportation) video played continuously inside the Community Center along with the 14 minute Casey DVD, “Remembering Casey”, enabling guests to connect on a personal level with the potential devastating ramifications of distracted driving.

A Casey banner was on display encouraging pedestrians to exercise safety when crossing the street

Guests were invited to include their signatures on a banner, vowing to refrain from driving distracted and to encourage others from doing the same. The banner will be on display throughout the summer in Ocean City so that additional drivers may add their signatures and commit not to drive distracted.

The event is expected to be repeated in the Fall on the Ocean City boardwalk.

View the photos from the event.

Related Links:

NBC News40 TV News Clip

Press of Atlantic City

Sringfield Patch

Photos from the event

Street Safe Driving Academy

Drive Square Simulation System

 

 

Foundation Joins Forces to Demonstrate Impact of Distracted Driving July 23rd in Ocean City, N.J.

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

Casey Feldman driving on her way to the shore

Summer is the deadliest season for teen drivers, and crowded Shore towns with constant congestion and pedestrians can make an already-tough driving environment even worse. In an effort to educate teens and adults about the importance of driving safely and the dangers of distracted driving, StreetSafe joins the OCPD Traffic Safety Unit and the Casey Feldman Memorial Foundation, which honors Casey Feldman, a Springfield, PA 21 year old who was struck and killed by a distracted driver in Ocean City during the summer of 2009.

At the event, guests will hear from noted speakers and will be able to participate in Drive Square Simulation System’ demonstrations. Drive Square is the most advanced and realistic driving simulator available today, allowing participants to drive in virtual reality by wearing computerized goggles while operating the controls of a StreetSafe vehicle from Subaru. By introducing dangerous situations such as unexpected obstructions, sudden maneuvers from other drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists, Drive Square allows participants to practice their driving skills while in a safe, controlled environment. Participants first measure their ability to drive in dangerous situations while concentrating only on driving. A distraction—such as talking on the phone or texting—is then introduced, and the effects of distracted driving are immediately apparent.

StreetSafe, which recently opened its third location in Haddonfield, NJ near its partner Subaru of America’s headquarters in Cherry Hill, NJ, is offering behind-the-wheel lessons for teens at the Southern Jersey Shore in the summer months. At the distracted driving workshop, StreetSafe will provide parents and teens with information about its driver training program that ensures teens have the skills they need to survive on the road and become lifelong safe drivers.

Featured speakers will include:

•Joel Feldman, father of the late Casey Feldman who is active in the fight against distracted driving
•Meg Kramer, Founder of StreetSafe
•Dave Poirier, Vice President of Operations for StreetSafe
•Police Sgt. Brian Hopely, Supervisor of the Ocean City Police Department’s Traffic Safety Unit

This event will take place at the Ocean City Free Public Library, 1735 Simpson Avenue, Ocean City, on Saturday, July 23, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m..

Casey Feldman Distracted Driving Public Service Video Featured by the US Dept. of Defense

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Casey Feldman in U.S. DOT public service video

The United States Department of Defense (U.S. DOD) is the latest governmental agency to recognize the toll taken by distracted driving. In its June 18th blog the need to pay attention and stop multi-tasking was stated and as an example of the tragic consequences that can occur.

In featuring Casey Feldman’s video, the article reads in part, Internally, the department’s agencies are already working together to share knowledge and promote a greater understanding of the issue, and identify additional strategies to end distracted driving.  The consequences can be dangerous and even fatal, like the case of 21-year-old Casey Feldman.

Click here to read the U.S. DOD article and view the video.

PBA Local #61 and Bob’s Grill Award Ocean City High School Scholarships in Honor of Casey Feldman

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011
Shannon Allen, Stephanie Dennison, OCHS TV/Media teacher Gregory Wheeldon and OCPD TSU Supervisor Brian Hopely

Two scholarships totaling $500.00 were presented to Ocean City High School Seniors, Shannon Allen and Stephanie Dennison on June 8, 2011. The scholarships were sponsored by Bob’s Grill  (14th and the Boardwalk) in Ocean City and PBA Local #61.  Both students will graduate in June 2011 and they were awarded the scholarships for their work in the production of public safety messages addressing pedestrian safety and distracted driving.  The award is in honor of Casey Feldman who was tragically struck and killed by a distracted motorist in July 2009 while she was walking to work at Bob’s Grill in Ocean City.

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Bob’s Grill and PBA Local #61 to offer scholarship in Casey’s name