The riskiest activity most of us engage in is driving our cars. There is a chance we could be seriously injured or killed in a car accident. But there is another risk, the risk that we, law-abiding citizens-could become criminals and go to jail. That was one of the points discussed at a recent distracted driving presentation sponsored by the Boulder Valley School District’s Lifelong learning program and held at Fairview High School. Joel Feldman, founder of EndDD.org and father of Casey Feldman, who was 21 when she was killed by a distracted driver, was the presenter at the talk titled “End Distracted Driving-Keeping Your Kids Safe.”
About 75 people attended and most adults brought children with them ranging in ages from 12-16 years old. Only a few of the teens had started driving. Joel told his personal story and played powerful videos that are contained in the EndDD.org presentation. He talked about the devastation that distracted driving causes for the family members of those killed by distracted driving, but also talked about how distracted driving affects those who kill through their driving. Joel asked the audience “How many of you are criminals? And no one responded. When Joel talked about all the law abiding decent people, who are now criminals because of their distracted driving, the audience paid attention. Their questions and comments indicated that they realized that a moment’s distraction while driving could land them in jail.
Boulder Colorado’s Lifelong Learning selects programs that are of unique interest to the community and demonstrates a commitment to educating teens and adults on a variety of subjects . To learn more about the programs offered go to http://bouldervalley.augusoft.net/index.cfm?fuseaction=1010
To arrange for a distracted driving presentation in your school or community organization go to EndDD.org.