Owen Cole Brezitski, 8 – PA

On March 17, 2011, 8-year-old Owen Cole Brezitski was killed by a 17-year-old distracted driver while walking in a crosswalk with his family in front of Bishop McDevitt High School in Harrisburg, PA.  He had just attended a band concert for his sisters and to celebrate the evening’s event they were headed out to get


2018 Video and Meme Contest Winners! is proud to announce the winners of our 2018 Video and Meme/Gif Contest – “Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Distracted”, which was expanded this year to include elementary and middle school students. With over 56 videos and 167 memes/gifs submitted, the 8 winners hailed from NY, AL, MN, ND, IN and VA. Our impressive group of judges were Deborah Hersman, President and CEO of the National Safety Council [….]


Ben Labonosky IV- 57, CT

On July 16, 2017 Ben Labonosky IV was fatally injured by a distracted driver. It was the kind of perfect Summer weather that Ben would dream of all year and he was taking a leisurely Sunday ride on his motorcycle. He had slowed to make a left-hand turn when he was rear-ended by a distracted


Casey Feldman

[, a project of the Casey Feldman Foundation, was established as the result of the tragic death of Casey Feldman]. Casey died on July 17, 2009, hours after being struck by a van in a crosswalk during daylight hours when on her way to a summer job as a waitress in Ocean City, N.J. She


Connor Johnson—21, PA.

On April 10, 2011, Connor Johnson was killed in a car crash caused by distracted driving. He was riding in a van that swerved off Interstate 79 just north of Pittsburgh, PA, striking a light pole. The impact killed the 21-year-old instantly. Since Connor was a young child, he was always known for living on


Tyler Smedley, 22 – WA

Tyler Smedley was travelling home from work and less than a mile from his home when he lost control of his vehicle, striking a pole and then two trees. Tyler died in the crash. He was videotaping a selfie on his phone at the time of the impact. Tyler grew up in California and moved


Students – Enter Now to Win Our 2018 Video and Meme Contest!

Elementary, Middle, High School or College Students Submit Your Entry by March 9th! The deadline for’s second annual “Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Distracted” Video/Meme/GIF contest is quickly approaching. In partnership with Anapol Weiss and Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), the contest has been expanded this year to include […]


Julie Davis, 58 – WI

On April 15, 2009, 58-year-old Julie Davis set off for a hike with her best friend in Rudolph, Wisconsin. As they were walking beside the road, a 19-year-old driving at 70MPH struck Julie from behind, killing her instantly. There were no skid marks and no evidence of braking. Crash reconstruction reports showed that the driver


Liz Marks, 17 – MD

On April 7, 2012, just two weeks short of her 18th birthday, Liz Marks drove her car into the back of a flat bed truck which was stopped, with its turn signal on, waiting to make a left hand turn. She had looked down to read a text from her mother, Betty Shaw, one word