April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. All month long, organizations, communities, governments, and thought leaders work together as part of a nationwide movement to eliminate preventable deaths from distracted driving. While these efforts have been bringing the traffic safety crisis to the forefront in recent years, there is still much work to be done. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has reported that in 2015, 3,477 people were killed and 391,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers.
So, you’re already a safe driver?
Maybe you and your family members have already taken the pledge to drive distraction-free. You might have downloaded an app for your phone or activated the “Do Not Disturb While Driving” feature for iPhone to resist temptation when behind the wheel. If you’re an employer, you may have created a company-wide distracted driving policy for your partners and staff. There are plenty of steps you can take in your own life to help protect yourself and those around you. But there’s an action you can take to amplify those efforts, and it’s simple to get started.
End Distracted Driving (EndDD) is an awareness campaign that has reached hundreds of thousands of people in the U.S. and Canada. Spearheaded by Joel Feldman and Dianne Anderson, EndDD aims to save lives in memory of their daughter Casey, who was killed by a distracted driver. With the help of community leaders, trial lawyers and other professionals, EndDD provides science-based presentations to middle school, high school and college students, and to adults, parents and businesses. More than 375,000 people have seen EndDD presentations, and more talks are being scheduled every day.
Join the Cause
The presentations are informative, engaging, and inspiring. However, there are still many schools and communities that the campaign has not yet reached. If you’re comfortable talking in front of a group, consider becoming a volunteer speaker. By filling out a quick form with EndDD here, you’ll receive all the materials and instructions you need to deliver a great presentation. When it’s time to connect with schools nearby, I shared a few simple steps to get them to say “yes” to presentations. Check out the post here.
Not a public speaker? Consider hosting a distracted driving presentation at a local school or elsewhere in your community. EndDD will connect you with a volunteer speaker who will bring the presentation to your town.
In partnership with local lawyer associations, EndDD.org has also created custom presentations for targeted areas. If you have ideas about how to make your presentation even more effective in your area, call the organization at (855) 363-3478 or email info@EndDD.org.
This organization is making a huge impact on our country, and it’s only gaining momentum. Consider helping the cause during Distracted Driving Awareness Month by bringing a presentation to your area.
ABOUT JOHN BAIR
John Bair is an experienced settlement planner and financial consultant with a passion for ending distracted driving. As a frequent EndDD.org volunteer, he has spoken to audiences around the country. To assist others in raising awareness, John has written numerous guides and articles about giving successful EndDD.org presentations in schools, business, and community settings. He is a proud board member of the Casey Feldman Memorial Foundation. For more information, visit http://www.enddd.org/.
A West Point graduate where he served as captain and military aviator, John Bair continues his commitment to our country through his efforts within the settlement planning industry. He has represented families of victims lost in the Flight 3407 crash, offered pro bono services to the families of 9/11 victims and drafted the first consumer protection bill for plaintiffs (H.R. 3699).