Casey’s Father, Joel Feldman and Dr. Robert Barroco Discuss Distracted Driving on Allentown TV News

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

Joel Feldman and Casey at the Radnor Hunt Races in May 2009

Casey Feldman’s father, Joel Feldman, and Robert Barraco, M.D. a trauma surgeon at Allentown, PA’s Lehigh Valley Hospital, were interviewed for a TV segment on distracted driving by reporter Eve Tannery of WFMZ 69.

Joel Feldman produced a public service video for the US Dept of Transportation that features his daughter’s friends and his wife. Mr Feldman produced the video hoping that by telling Casey’s story others would see firsthand the senseless tragedy of distracted driving and the toll that it is taking. Mr Feldman hopes that people will change their driving habits as a result of watching the video. Mr. Feldman and Casey’s friends all drove while distracted before Casey’s death but have now made driving a priority and have eliminated “multi-tasking.”

Mr Feldman said that “driving is the single most potentially dangerous thing that each of us does on a daily basis” and that “we have become so comfortable in our cars that we ignore the risks of driving while distracted”. He said that all the drivers who have killed others while driving distracted thought they would never hurt someone just like we think each time we eat in the car, dial a cell phone or reach for something in the back seat. Mr. Feldman stated that there has been a tremendous response to the video; it is being played in schools and he receives e-mails from those who have watched it who have changed the way they drive as a result.

Dr. Barraco talked about what he sees when victims are brought to him in the operating room. He also cited statistics about how dangerous distracted driving was, particularly for young people when they have multiple passengers in their cars. He and his colleagues at Lehigh Valley Hospital have conducted studies at local high schools that prove that with the proper intervention, students will drastically reduce distracted driving behaviors.

[Click here to view the TV news segment and here, to view the Faces of Distracted video.]

Joel Feldman Participates in Distracted Driving Program at Lehigh Valley Hospital

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Joel and Casey in Ft. Lauderdale in Jan. 2009 on a family vacation

Joel Feldman, Casey’s father, participated in a distracted driving program with emergency room physicians at Lehigh Valley Hospital on March 15, 2011. Joel talked about his family’s loss and showed the three minute video made about Casey for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s “Faces of Distracted Driving” website.

The two hour presentation by three emergency room physicians and hospital staff was part of a distracted driving program launched in October by the Lehigh Valley Health Network and has been taken to over a dozen Lehigh Valley area high schools. According to the physicians, Gavin Barr, Robert Barraco and Bryan Kane,  15% of driving is distracted driving and 80% of traffic accidents occur within three seconds of some kind of distraction.

Joe Feldman stated, “ With the reception that I received after the presentation from parents and teenagers and the hundreds of emails that have been pouring in since the video was released, it is apparent that the Casey video has had a positive impact on the way that people are driving and that lives are being saved. In fact, I just now received an email from a woman who said that she never  thought about the fact that even eating in her car could be a distraction, and admitted that each and every day she eats in her car while driving her son to school. This mother said simply that since watching the video, I will never eat while driving again.”

Watch the TV news clipRead the article from the Lehigh Valley newspapers. View the 3 minute U.S. DOT video here.