EndDD Blog

Just What We Needed to Hear on the 8th Anniversary of Casey’s Death

July 17th marked 8 years since our daughter Casey was killed by a distracted driver. Needless to say, we miss her every day and the anniversary can be particularly painful. I received the following email on the 17th from a former student at Medford High School in Massachusetts. It was just what we needed: I […]

Fortune 500 Energy Company NiSource Bans All Cell Phone Use by Drivers

At Fortune 500 energy company NiSource, safety is not just a priority, it is one of the company’s core values. This not only applies to the services NiSource provides to 3.5 million natural gas customers and 500,000 electric customers across seven states, but also to the company’s 8,000 employees, all of whom are committed to driving a total of about 60 million miles this year without using mobile devices […]

Mother Behind “Madison’s Booster Seat Law” in Georgia Passionate About Highway Safety

A crash involving the Harty family in 2002 in Georgia tore off the entire side of their van. 5 year-old Madison Harty had to endure 6 surgeries following the crash to put her arm back together. A booster seat saved her life. Madison’s mom, Jenny went on a mission get Madison’s Booster Seat Law passed in GA [….]

“Alive and Alert”: Two High School Students’ Campaign to End Distracted Driving

Lexi Mutascio and Mackenzie Dyke are more than just your average high school students. Juniors at King Philip Regional High School in Wrentham, MA, these two have created a massive campaign to bring awareness to one of society’s most dangerous practices: distracted driving. The Alive and Alert Campaign is Mutascio’s and Dyke’s year-long DECA project. This […]

Working With Millennials And Generation Zers To Change The Way We Think About Distracted Driving

Reprinted from The Huffington Post, March 13, 2017 –

Since my daughter Casey was killed by a distracted driver in 2009, I have worked to develop distracted driving presentations for all age groups: high school to college students and “adults.” Through my organization, (End Distracted Driving), over the past seven years I have personally given presentations to more than 100,000 teens and college students….Far from being lazy, selfish and entitled I find high school and college students highly motivated and sincerely wanting to make a positive difference in the world [….] Prepares for April’s Distracted Driving Awareness Month – This Year is Different

Before July 17, 2009 I had never heard of Distracted Driving Awareness Month. For that matter, even though I am a lawyer who has represented hundreds of families in distracted driving cases over the years, I regularly drove distracted. What changed on July 17, 2009? My 21-year old daughter Casey was killed by a distracted […]

Useful Apps to Help End Distracted Driving

Are you part of the solution or part of the problem? You already know that distracted driving (i.e. texting while driving) is dangerous, irresponsible and costs people their lives. Just in case you’re unaware of this fact: According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each day in the United States, more than eight people […]

Child Safety Seats Can Save Your Child, But Only When Used Correctly

Driving needs to be safe for everyone traveling in a vehicle, but especially young children. They have no say, and are at the mercy of the driver. An extraordinary amount of young children are killed through no fault of their own, and purely because standard safety measures were not followed. Troubling Statistics According to the […]

Yes—the deaf (and those with hearing loss) are allowed to drive and do so as safely as hearing drivers

Over the course of my legal career I had two cases involving deaf drivers. I represented a deaf driver many years ago and was involved in another case where the defendant driver was deaf. So I knew that the deaf, like anyone else, could get driver’s licenses. But apparently there is still wide-spread ignorance, and […]

Meet Pamela Nichols: The Busy Body Helping to Put an End to Distracted Driving

Pamela Nichols is busy—and she prefers it that way. “I’m a say yes person,” she said. Nichols is a trial lawyer by day: she not only practices law and manages the firm, but has been a partner at O’Connell and Aronowitz since 1997. With the rest of her time, Nichols promotes presentations, participates in Albany’s Downtown Business Improvement District (BID), […]