Yesterday’s article in the Philadelphia, Business Journal highlighted the accomplishments of Anapol Schwartz Attorney, Joel Feldman, who in preparation for Distracted Driving Awareness month has been presenting to school students on the dangers of distracted driving.
Joel kicked off the End Distracted Driving Awareness Initiative last week at Mount Saint Joseph’s High school in Baltimore.
Last Month, Joel visited Upper Dublin High School in Pennsylvania. Safe Driving is a big issue at Upper Dublin. Prior to Joel’s visit the students were visited by Dr. Kane from Lehigh Valley Hospital’s trauma ward. Upper Dublin is a school that takes Distracted Driving Awareness seriously, and was one of the lucky recipients of State Farm’s “Project Ignition” grant which offered $2,000 to fund safety programs. In addition to watching presentations, the students are hard at work designing awareness programs, creating posters, and public service announcements.
In the Biz’s article, Feldman admits that he once drove distracted, and recalls being annoyed when his new car would not allow him to program his GPS while driving. However, Joel’s perspective on driving distracted changed three months later, when his 21-year-old daughter Casey was struck by a distracted driving on her way to work in Ocean City, NJ.
While this traumatic event changed Joel’s behavior behind the wheel, he states he cannot get angry at people for doing what he used to do.
Instead of getting angry, Joel is trying to change people’s behavior, starting with educating young drivers, and soon-to-be drivers about the real dangers present when not paying attention behind the wheel.
The Distracted Driving Presentations are funded through The Casey Feldman Memorial Foundation, a charity set up in memory of Joel’s daughter.
Read the Philadelphia Business Journal Article at: http://www.bizjournals.com/philadelphia/blog/jeff-blumenthal/2012/03/lawyer-who-lost-child-to-distracted.html