RI to Roll Out Casey Feldman Foundation/EndDD Distracted Driving Program to Reach Every Teen in State
In a press conference on Wednesday, October 17th held at the State House in Providence, Rhode Island, Joel Feldman and Dianne Anderson joined trial lawyers and elected officials to announce an initiative that will result in every teen in Rhode Island seeing the Casey Feldman Foundation’s EndDD.org/60forSafety distracted driving presentation. Rhode Island Association for Justice President, Anthony Leone has made reaching out to the community to promote safety a central part of his presidency. Trial lawyers across Rhode Island have committed to giving the presentation in every high school in the state to educate teens about distracted driving in an effort to save lives.
Anthony Leone was joined by Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chaffee, Speaker of the Rhode Island House of Representatives, Gordon Fox; Senate Judiciary Chair, Michael McCaffery, Joel Feldman and Dianne Anderson. There was incredible support for the program. Joel Feldman spoke about how he was inspired to create the program following Casey’s death caused by a distracted driver in 2009 . Joel described the scientific nature of the presentation and the very successful pilot program in the spring of 2012 which resulted in more than 41,000 teens seeing the presentation. Joel said “all of Casey’s friends have changed the way they drive as a result of Casey’s death. I have changed the way I drive as a result of Casey’s death-we created this program so that it would not take personal tragedies for all of us to change the way we drive.”
Rhode Island is the first of a number of states’ trial lawyer organizations to have their trial lawyers go into schools and talk with students about distracted driving. Through Joel’s tireless efforts, Kentucky, Indiana, New York, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania have announced similar plans and more states are signing on. It is estimated that the program will reach more than 250,000 teens this year.
To find out about the program, participate as a speaker or arrange a presentation, send an e-mail to [email protected]. EndDD.org (End Distracted Driving) is the Casey Feldman Foundation’s sponsored site devoted to ending distracted driving.
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EndDD.org – Casey Feldman Foundation’s sponsored site devoted to ending distracted driving