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Are Smart Cars Making Us More Distracted?

    With all of the high-tech features of today’s smart cars, it’s hard not to join the conversation around distracted driving. From mesmerizing dashboard displays and infotainment centers to built-in GPS and Wi-Fi, new technology plays a huge role in how we interact with our vehicles. But in an ironic twist, the very features


Apple’s Do Not Disturb While Driving Feature – a Band Aid for the Epidemic of Distracted Driving

Contrary to what has recently been reported in the media, Apple’s “Do Not Disturb While Driving” (DNDWD) feature, which will be available in the fall of 2017 as part of the iOS 11 operating system update, will not drastically reduce iPhone distracted driving crashes. Despite all the hype surrounding DNDWD, it falls short of providing real protection from distracted drivers […]


Clifton B. Gibbs, 23 – TN

On Feb.1, 2012, Clifton B. Gibbs and his passenger were driving northbound in the curb lane on Hwy 55 in Memphis, TN. A 24 year-old traveling  in the center of three southbound lanes crossed over into the northbound lanes, crashing into Clifton’s car head-on at approximately 75 mph. The impact spun Clifton’s car counterclockwise and


A Nation of Distracted Drivers and Walkers?

My daughter Casey was killed by a distracted driver in 2009. It was daytime and she was walking across the street in a crosswalk when she was struck by a 58 year-old man who ran a stop sign. He said he never saw her. Since that time, my wife and I have made it our mission to change driving attitudes and raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving. But a new report from the Governor’s Highway Safety Association (GHSA) should be a wake up call that we need to also address distracted walking [….]


Barbara A. Tocci, 47 – NY

Barbara Tocci was killed when a PSEG utility truck crossed the center line of the highway in Flanders, NY striking Tocci’s SUV head-on. The 54 year-old truck driver had been carrying on “an extended text message conversation with his girlfriend” in the time leading up to the crash, according to prosecutors. Barbara Tocci was one of


Loretta Riatusso, 56 – FL

Loretta Margaret Riatusso was killed on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 in Gulf Breeze Florida, at the age of 56. Her vehicle was struck at an intersection by a  by a distracted young driver, age 18, who ran a red light. Born on May 3, 1955 in Brooklyn, New York, Loretta was a long time resident of


Heather Dawn Bouchard, 24 – ME

On April 15, 2008, 24 year old Heather Dawn Bouchard was killed while driving to work in southern Maine. A dedicated social worker, she had placed a call to a client and dropped her cell phone. When she attempted to retrieve it, she lost control of her car and veered across the highway, slamming into