EndDD Blog

Protecting Pedestrians from Themselves in the Age of Distraction

  We’ve all done it. Reading a text while strolling down the sidewalk. Answering a call in the crosswalk. Checking Facebook while waiting for the walk signal. These minor habits may seem harmless, but just because you’re on foot doesn’t mean you’re immune to the dangers of the road. Our modern reliance on smartphones creates […]

Driving With Dogs – Keeping Everyone Safe

Having a pet on your lap while driving can result in a visual, manual and cognitive distraction. To ensure the safety of the operator, others on the roadway as well as the pet himself, steps can be taken to minimize [….]

Inspiring, Engaging, Important and Fun: Why I Am an Presenter

I had the pleasure recently of giving two (End Distracted Driving) presentations in my community at Paradise Honors High School in Surprise, AZ.. I thought, let’s make our streets safer.  But, I will continue giving the presentation not only because it is important and a good cause but also, fun [….]

Can AI Technology Help Solve the Distracted Driving Epidemic?

In the United States, distracted driving is an epidemic that needs to be solved. According to the U.S Department of Transportation, approximately 9 people are killed each day, with 1,000 more being injured, from a car crash that is the result of a motorist driving distracted. While many will attribute this to society’s increased use […]

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 […]