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When a pedes­trian walking home from church was hit from behind by a driver, appar­ently distracted by his cell phone, Action News Jacksonville looked to attorney Leslie A. Goller to provide her comments on whether Florida needs tougher laws against using hand-held devices while driving.

Florida is only one of a handful of states that does not have a law banning texting or hand-held phone use while driving. In the Action News story, Goller said Florida needs to both pass a law and increase public awareness to curb the distracted driving epidemic. Florida is behind the times.

To that end, she and other members of the firm have imple­mented an educa­tional campaign that educates teen drivers about the dangers of distracted driving. It’s part of Terrell Hogan’s End Distracted Driving Student Awareness Initiative that is on-going. This initiative is being expanded to presen­ta­tions to organi­za­tions, clubs, groups, and companies. With 5,000 lives tragi­cally lost because of distracted drivers, the goal is to save lives by giving presen­ta­tions that share the stark realities of taking a life by driving distracted.

The End Distracted Driving Student Awareness Initiative was created by the Casey Feldman Foundation in honor of her legacy after she was killed by a distracted driver as she walked across the street. To request an End Distracted Driving presen­tation, contact Leslie A. Goller at 632‑2424 — or lgoller@terrellhogan.com.