In recognition of Distracted Driving Awareness Month, Terrell • Hogan is offering two presentations to local high schools and employers focused on ending distracted driving. With distracted driving claiming 3,331 lives and injuring 387,000 in 2011, the goal is to help make the roadways safer.
Calling distracted driving an epidemic more common than the flu, Wayne Hogan hopes to save lives by getting the message out: Arrive alive – one text or call can wreck it all.
Attorneys will make End Distracted Driving presentations to area high schools during April and throughout the year. The hour-long talk gives students a sobering glimpse of the tragedies and faces of distracted driving, including its legal consequences and offers strategies to combat it. The End Distracted Driving Campaign for students was created by The Casey Feldman Memorial Foundation and EndDD.org, in memory of Casey Feldman, a 21 year-old college student who was killed by a distracted driver as she walked across the street. At the end of the talk, students are given an anti-distracted driving pledge to sign and a bracelet reminding them not to text or call while driving.
Presentations are also available to employers and civic groups. “People are surprised to learn that using a hands-free device is no safer than using a hand-held one, and that if they are in a crash, their employer could be held liable if they made a work-related communication using their personal phone while in their personal car,” Hogan said. Hogan predicts it’s just a matter of time before prosecutors in Florida begin treating distracted driving like drunk driving, and bring manslaughter charges when texting while driving causes a death.
Click here to schedule a presentation or call (904) 722-2228.