Despite all the public service awareness campaigns, distracted driving is as widespread as ever. In 2021, the National Safety Council estimates about 3,000 people will lose their lives and nearly 400,000 will be injured as a result of distracted driving. Do we need different approaches to end distracted driving? For most of us, distracted drivers are the greatest concern on the highway, more so than impaired drivers. Despite those concerns, however, many of us continue to drive distracted. We will discuss the hypocrisy surrounding distracted driving and explore the common reasons and excuses for driving distracted. How can we halt this epidemic and change our driving behavior? Using facts, interactive exercises, and a mixture of poignant and sometimes humorous videos, this webinar will challenge your thinking about distracted driving and encourage you to reflect upon own your driving behaviors. For those with children who drive, or are about to start driving, we will offer practical suggestions for keeping our children safe from distracted driving. Webinar attendees will be challenged to commit to changing their driving behaviors while reminding others to drive safely as well.
This webinar will be presented by Joel Feldman, Esq., a lawyer from Philadelphia who regularly drove distracted. After a loved one was killed by a distracted driver, he changed his behavior and the way he drives. Joel created EndDD.org (End Distracted Driving), one of the leading websites for distracted driving resources. Working with researchers, physicians, educators and behavior change experts, he has developed educational programs for adults, and students of all ages, from elementary school through college. He works with many other groups at the state and national level, including the US DOT, NTSB, National Safety Council, student organizations, first responder groups and a variety of industry groups. He has given more than 800 presentations since 2010, reaching about 200,000 students and adults. He is a recovering distracted driver.