EndDD Blog

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), […]

The Snapchat Lawsuit- Why Snapchat and other App Manufacturers Should Change The Designs of Their Apps to Reduce Distracted Driving Tragedies

The recent filing of a lawsuit against Snapchat has sparked incredible media attention and comment. An 18 year-old girl was reportedly using Snachat while driving over 100 mph and seriously injured a man in a crash. Not only was the 18 year old sued, but also Snapchat, the manufacturer of the app she was using […]

Oklahoma Student Stops Mom From Texting While Driving

I spoke at 3 high schools to about 1000 students this week in Oklahoma. Part of our presentation is working with students to teach them how to effectively speak up when friends or parents drive them distracted. We go through role play exercises, exploring with students the use of non-confrontational statements designed to maximize […]

Nurses and Injury Prevention Coordinators Volunteering in Their Communities to Educate Teens About Distracted Driving -The 2016 End Distracted Driving ( Student Presentation

As part of its volunteer speaker network is proud to have a number of nurses and injury prevention coordinators from hospitals across the country. To date, speakers have reached nearly 300,000 students in more than 40 states and several Canadian provinces.  Thanks to the volunteer efforts of its speakers there is no cost […]

“Yes – Casey Feldman Was My Daughter ” – Running to End Distracted Driving

As I waited near the starting line about to run my 4th race in the Rock n Roll Marathon series I was asked by another runner standing behind me “Did you know Casey Feldman?”  He had read the back of my bright pink running shirt and saw that Casey was killed by a distracted driver […]

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, 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 […]