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Lawsuits Against Car Manufacturers for Installing Dangerous Voice-Activated Features

Distracted driving crashes are receiving more and more attention. Much of the focus has been on texting, and more recently on using all the other apps and features of our phones, including Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram. But what has not received much attention is the dangerous distractions being built into our cars [….]

“I was fighting back tears when I crossed the finish line. I was missing Casey” – The Virginia Beach Rock n Roll Half Marathon

On September 6th I completed my first ever half marathon in Virginia Beach.  This is one of four races that I will run this year for EndDD.org, working with Travelers Insurance Company to raise awareness of the dangers of distracted driving.  Travelers will be donating $100 for every mile run by three to four runners […]

Michele (Shelby) Bryceland Joins the EndDD Team Running this Weekend in the Va Beach Rock-n-Roll Marathon

While playing soccer in high school Shelby knew that she would never be a star player since she lacked the necessary skills but, recognized that she was great at running up and down the field. Thus began her entry into cross country and track. Since that time, Shelby has gone on to break records at Virginia Wesleyan College and since graduating in 2013 […]

Writer talks of her father, the crash and distracted driving

My father met me for lunch at Bennigan’s a few weeks before I made the biggest move of my life—to New York City—in the summer of 2003. It was that lunch with him, and one other, in the same restaurant, five days before he died, that I had to hold onto as I made my way in the big city. Because three months after it, he was gone [….]

EndDD.org’s First Presentations in New Mexico

Several days after the 6th anniversary of Casey’s death I was pleased to carry our EndDD program into New Mexico. I spoke at CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Sante Fe and also presented at the annual Safer New Mexico Law Enforcement Coordinators Symposium in Albuquerque. I had been thinking about Casey and the day we learned that she […]

5 Things Every Driver Should Have in Their Car

By Guest Author, Lauren Byrd* There are a few items that every driver should keep stocked in their car at all times. Read through these 5 things to make sure you are prepared for anything! Tire Pressure Gauge You never know when you might experience a tire problem or lose pressure in your tires. Checking […]

“That really burns my biscuits!”

  That’s how some teens in Tennessee expressed their anger about other teens who drive distracted.   They worry about their friends but they also are angry that they would take chances while driving-not only for themselves and their passengers but everyone else on the road. I spent two days in Tennessee speaking at 4 different […]

Talking Distracted Driving – From Philadelphia to the Poconos

Two Different High Schools More Than 100 Miles Apart,  But the Same Commitment to Drive Safer     I had a great day last week working with Students Against Destructive  Decisions (SADD)  to raise awareness of the dangers of distracted driving. I started in center-city Philadelphia at West Catholic Preparatory High School and finished at […]

How I learned that my daughter was dead – death notification training

It was gratifying to again participate in the most recent death notification training for law enforcement in suburban Philadelphia where police officers learned about the needs of family members, the best practices for proper death notification and how to care for themselves, since this can be one of the most stressful parts of law enforcement’s job…. I made it clear that it was essential that police officers be truthful, even if the truth was likely to cause family members pain [….]

Vlogging: Just Another Unnecessary Distraction

Everyone knows the dangers of texting while driving. An average text consumes about five seconds of a driver’s attention and at 55 mph, a driver can travel the length of a football field without even looking at the road. But there is less attention paid to the phenomenon of #VloggingWhileDriving which is made ‘easy’ with smartphone applications, like SnapChat. This ‘video blogging’ while driving craze is anything but new. It has been around almost as long as YouTube itself. A simple Google search will show more than 1 million hits of drivers vlogging [….]