As part of the national effort to raise awareness of the dangers of distracted driving Anapol Schwartz attorneys have gone to local high schools to talk with students. When asked if their parents drive distracted teens resoundingly say “yes.” But, many teens are reluctant to ask their parents to drive safer, or when they ask, their parents try to justify their distracted driving by claiming to be experienced drivers with good driving records. Joel Feldman, a Philadelphia attorney whose daughter was killed by a distracted driver , created EndDD.org and presentations that have been given to more than 40,000 students around the country by trial lawyers. He has spoken with more than 4000 students since March and continuously hears from students that when they question a parent’s unsafe driving behaviors many parents make excuses or justify their risk taking by claiming they have never been in an accident.
In a recent presentation one students said that her father told her to “do as I say, not as I do” when he was confronted with driving unsafely.
“If we have not been as good role models for our children as we could have been, we need to change for our selves and our children,” said Joel.
What kind of role model have you been for your children? I would love to hear your comments.