Distracted Driving

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 […]

We Have Breathalyzers To Help Fight Drunk Driving, Should We Have the Textalyzer to Fight Distracted Driving?

New York state is currently considering arming police with the textalyzer, a device that would allow police officers, after a crash, to download information allowing them to see what the driver was doing with his or her smartphone immediately before the crash. There is no doubt that allowing police to do so would be a […]

“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 […]

Drop the “A” Word

As we recognize April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month, it is time to talk about an issue that goes mainly unspoken in mainstream media: the “A” word.  For the average person, the term “car accident” is synonymous with the phrase “car crash.” We hear about new car “accidents” on the news every day—news stories about […]

AutoCorrect: A New App Designed by Three High School Seniors to Reward Safe Driving

Soham Dharmadhikary, Vishnu Paranandi and Rakesh Ravi are not your average high school seniors. While most students their age spend what little free time senior year offers enjoying time with friends, these three are engaged in another sort of activity: creating their own smart phone application. AutoCorrect, the trio’s soon-to-be-released app, is designed to promote […]

Preventing Teen Distracted Driving Crashes – The American Association for Justice’s New Lawyers Division

Leslie Pescia speaking at Westlake High School

Today, much of my professional time is spent developing and presenting educational programs to reduce distracted driving tragedies. I started shortly after my daughter Casey was killed by a distracted driver in 2009. She was killed when she was 21 and she would be 28 years old today, had she lived. Immediately after Casey’s death […]

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 […]

Would you describe yourself as selfish? – Shady Side Academy

News article by Katharine Vavpetic, Shady Side Academy, Nov. 24, 2014 – Would you describe yourself as selfish? Would you describe your children that way? Likely not…. Joel Feldman, founder of End Distracted Driving, spoke with parents last Tuesday evening and students last Wednesday morning about the dangers of distracted driving. In his compelling presentation [….]

Volkswagen “Eyes on the Road” PSA – over 18M views in first week

Distracted driving is an issue throughout the globe and China is no exception. Watch this poignant Volkswagen video as see how Hong Kong movie goers are unknowing participants in this clever PSA.