Clark Community College Students Promote Distracted Driving Awareness in Vancouver, WA

Clark Community College Students Promote Distracted Driving Awareness in Vancouver, WA

Each year, statistics are confirming that there is a distracted driving epidemic in the U.S.  According to the Department of Motor Vehicles, 9 people in the U.S. are killed each day as a result of crashes involving a distracted driver. Even more alarming is the rise in fatal crashes involving teens—driver distraction is responsible for more than 58% of teen crashes, and each day, 11 teens die due to texting while driving.

 

A group of students at Clark Community College in Vancouver, WA decided to remind their community that deaths and injuries from distracted driving are preventable. Their first-hand experience with close calls as pedestrians and witnessing drivers using their cell phones while navigating the parking lots and college streets spurred them into action. In order to help curb distracted driving around their campus, “We decided to have an awareness event in a high traffic area of our college because we knew it would get a lot of attention from students and faculty,” explained one of the organizers.

To increase the event’s impact, the student group researched organizations in Washington State for support and discovered Teens Against Distracted Driving (TADD) founded by Seattle attorney, Jason Epstein. TADD’s objective is to educate drivers about the dangers of distracted driving and promote safe driving practices, especially among young drivers. The program was proud to help sponsor the event at Clark Community College and provide educational materials for distribution.

The Vancouver Police Department showed their support by attending and helping the student organizers. Attendees responded positively to the awareness event, “We collected over 200 pledge cards from students and staff committing to.  The event was a big success!”

If you are inspired by the Clark Community College students and want to start your own campaign against distracted driving, our team wants to help. Please fill the contact form.

College student from Clark Community College filing pledge card against distracted driving.

Joey Medina created a new film Against Distracted Driving

The TADD family is always proud and supportive of any initiative our community can have against distracted driving.
This week, Joey sent us his film “The Lesson”, that shows the impact on others’ lives when you answer a text or your phone while driving.

If you created a campaign, a film or an article regarding distracted driving, please contact our team. We will share and promote your project.

My name is Joey Medina. I’m a professional stand-up comedian and an award-winning filmmaker. The stories of distracted drivers getting into accidents was in my opinion increasing at an alarming rate. But what was heart wrenching were the stories of innocent people whoselives were snuffed out by texting and driving.  I tried to imagine what their loves ones were going through, and the pain I felt just imagining it was more than I could bear.  So I decided to write and direct a short film about what one grieving man did when he was put in that situation. Although, my film contains adult language and violence, I decided this will be the best way to make the viewer feel what the characters were feeling.  I didn’t want to sugar coat something that should be treated seriously and wanted to give the viewers a different angle to look at. Although this film has a protagonist and an antagonist, you soon realize that all the people involved in these types of stories are victims. TADD has been working hard to bring this subject to the forefront, and this is why I decided to share my film with them. In closing, if this film can save just one life, then I’ll consider that a gift to humanity.

Joey Medina

Junior student brings distracted driving message to San Jose

 

Distracted driving is a problem which concerns all of us, no matter where we live. At Teens Against Distracted Driving, we support all initiative to change this dangerous behavior.
Today, we would like to share the new campaign ran by Karla who confirmed that everybody can help to decrease distracted driving.

If like Karla you would like to start your own campaign against distracted driving, please contact our team.

My name is Karla I’m a junior at Lincoln high school I’m 17 years old and my friend Michelle is also 17 and goes to Pioneer High School. Every morning we watch CNN 10 -a ten-minute news segment for students- and one morning CNN aired a special segment focused on the pure consequences of texting and driving. The story of the victims really struck home even though it’s never happened to me because I felt a responsibility had not been met in order to have helped prevent those accidents. So I took it upon myself to reach out to organizations and that’s when I found Teens Against Distracted Driving. I chose to work with them because I wanted an organization where I would be able to make an impact in my own community and that would compliment me better since I am a teen.

I started by asking my friend Michelle to join me in helping spread the word about TADD and she gladly did. We started through our friends and family members and then I expanded further out into our community. What I did to help spread the word is set up a small booth at a potluck event hosted by Veggielution in San Jose. There I got the opportunity to talk about TADD and their awesome goal in front of about 100 people. That experience was a little nerve wrecking but someone had to tell the community about the dangers in distracted driving. I also got many people to sign the pledge and even make donations.

My friend Michelle spread the word about distracted driving and collected pledges at her school and family gatherings. Michelle was also able to collect donations from her friends and family. With a little teamwork, we were able to help make a difference in the lives of friends, family and strangers. It taught us that all it takes sometimes is a little reminder to ask them if that text is really worth it.
–Karla

Teens Against Distracted Driving conference in San Jose

Teens Against Distracted Driving conference in San Jose

Fearless Senior Christian Childs brings distracted driving message to Perry High School

After his best friend died in a traffic crash last year because a teen driver plowed into his motorcycle, Christian Childs decided to step in and bring awareness about Distracted Driving to those around him. Christian contacted us, as he wanted to ask students at Perry High School to make the commitment to not use their phone while they drive and sign the pledge card.

Childs said: “I don’t do this for sympathy or anything like that. The only reason why I try to get people to take the pledge is to try to make sure that nobody has to go through what our families went through.”

The school organized a week-long campaign before the school’s prom night. Students will receive a wristband that will help them to remember their pledge while they are driving.

Christian succeeded in having 90 students sign the pledge card.

“If I can get through to one kid and it saves one life, I got my message out,” he said. “It’s small but I hope it’s doing some good out there and that I reach at least one person through this.”

Thank you, Christian, for joining the fight against Distracted Driving!

 

TADD And Artist & Actor Dalton Cyr are launching a new campaign against Distracted Driving

L.A. recording artist and actor Dalton Cyr recently teamed up with Teens Against Distracted Driving  to launch a campaign about the dangers of texting and driving. Cyr created the concept for a music film trilogy, “Breathe”, that he then wrote and recorded the music, directed, and starred in. Premiering the full film trilogy to a packed theater on April 9, 2017 in Jacksonville, FL. The “Breathe” film tells a story about the fragility of life and love and displays a prevailing message about the impact of distracted driving. Following the premiere, Cyr released the first of the “Breathe” three-part series, “Fall Into Place,” with a worldwide release, which sets up the emotional journey, raising awareness about the dangers of distracted driving. Cyr creates a powerful story that is relatable and delivers a lasting impact. The second and third parts, “Echo” and “Let It Go” will be released in May. Cyr’s mission is to bring the Breathe Trilogy and its message to high schools nationwide. He plans to show the film, talk with his peers and ask them to join him in signing the Teens Against Distracted Driving pledge card.

Cyr says, “Driving on some of the busiest streets in the country out here in L.A. I see people driving and looking at their phones every day. It’s staggering. I know that art can be a very powerful way to communicate an important message. From my first-hand experience speaking to students about other causes, such as bullying and literacy, I also know students are much more open to a message from their peers. So, I decided that I had something with “Breathe” that could perhaps make a difference. That’s when I reached out to Jason Epstein and his team from Teens Against Distracted Driving.”

Testing out his idea, following the inaugural screening of the Breathe Trilogy in Jacksonville, Cyr spoke with those in attendance about the facts surrounding texting and driving along with his experience as a new driver. He encouraged the audience to join him in taking the pledge to put their phones away when driving. There were overwhelming positive reactions for both the film and its message. Laura Martin, parent of a teenage son, wrote, “Very relevant, an amazing story and so well done. Your video should be shown at high school assemblies as a PSA.”

Just 16 years old, Cyr’s goal is to use his growing celebrity to do more of these types of events at schools around the country. A prolific songwriter, described as Ed Sheeran meets Bruce Springsteen, Cyr has experienced great success recently. Two of his songs from his new album, Breathe, have already charted on multiple indie charts across the world. Two of his songs are in the feature film, Time Toys, which he is a supporting lead actor in, and his single, “The Way It Should Be” the official music video for the movie. Cyr also has a recurring role in Pretty Little Liars and will appear in the series finale of the TV show.

You can watch part 1 of the Breathe Trilogy at http://bit.ly/DCyrFallIntoPlace-BreathePart1

For more information or to inquire about hosting your own personal screening party or having Dalton bring Breathe to your high school to raise awareness about Distracted Driving, visit www.DaltonCyr.com

Dalton Cyr with some of the Jacksonville audience who signed Teens Against Distracted Driving pledge cards after watching “Breathe” Music Film Trilogy

Texting and Driving; A World Epidemic

aa-trust-new-campaign-never-text-and-driveDistracted driving is a problem which concerns all of us, no matter where we live.  It isn’t just the U.S. that suffers from texting and driving according to some recently released statistics from Great Britain.
A total of 24,620 people were killed or seriously injured in distracted driving-related accidents in the year ending June 2016 in the UK.  That is an increase of 3% compared to the previous calendar year.
In 2015, 38,300 people were killed in automobile accidents in the U.S., and 4.4 million were seriously injured.

At Teens Against Distracted Driving we support all initiative to change this dangerous behavior. Therefore, we said ‘yes’, when AA Trust contacted us to share their new campaign Never Text and Drive.

 Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mL3SrAOOFHs&t=1s

 “The more we share the more lives we can save,” said Jason Epstein, the Seattle Personal Injury Attorney who founded Teens Against Distracted Driving whose mission is to educate teenagers and parents about the dangers of distracted driving.

For more information about distracted driving or how you can get involved with T.A.D.D, feel free to email jason@premierlawgroup.com

A new young member against distracted driving !!!

 

 

Kara a Junior at Madonna University in Livonia Michigan created the video above for her Field Production and Editing class. The assignment was to create a Public Service Announcement. Kara endorse a lot of different role for this project: casting agent, director, producer, script writer and editor!

As she said, “Because an another person texting and driving my parents were involved in a car accident. This is why I naturally chose as a theme: texting and driving. To many people, of all ages, driving erratically while using a phone or other devices. I feel that many accidents involve distracted driving. I want to be involve in preventing distracted driving because I believe it will keep the roads safer and in turn save lives. “

This is exactly why we are proud to  publish Kara’s video who show how deadly texting and driving could be!

Thank you Kara for joining the fight against distracted driving!

Please Don’t Text & Drive PSA

Last week, John Mousseau from Port Huron, Michigan, sent us a video he created about the dangers of texting while driving.

John and his son were out enjoying their day together. As they were driving, a teenager made a wide turn almost colliding with the passenger side of Johns vehicle. The teenager was busy sending a text message as he was making the turn.

Thankfully, no one was hurt and John and his son were able to avoid the collision.

We asked John why he wanted to create such a video?

“I made this short because I see so many people on a daily basis that don’t observe the laws of the road. People are too concerned with the next text they need to send,” responded John. “I feel if people saw a more vivid depiction of the harsh truth, they would be more inclined to see the reason and logic to practice safe driving,” continued John.

You can watch the video below. Feel free to share and spread the word about the dangers of texting while driving.

We all understand that texting and driving is very dangerous. But why do we continue to do it? Maybe we feel we are capable of multi-tasking. Or maybe we are too connected to our phones.

Whatever our reasons, we need to put down our phones and keep our eyes on the road ahead. Not only are we putting ourselves at risk but we are risking the lives of others who are sharing the road with us. It’s just not worth it.

Personal Injury Attorney Jason Epstein founded Teens Against Distracted Driving to educate teenagers and parents about the dangers of distracted driving. For more information about distracted driving or how you can get involved with T.A.D.D, please visit our website at teensagainstdistracteddriving.com

East Fairmont Students Raise Awareness of Distracted Driving

Bailey Frederick, Maddie Lafollette, Patrick Thompson, Lexie Myers, Jacob Bolander and Susan Miley create awareness campaign for Teens Against Distracted Driving

From left to right: Bailey Frederick, Maddie Lafollette, Patrick Thompson, Lexie Myers, Jacob Bolander and Susan Miley

The students from East Fairmont High School participated in raising awareness of the dangers of distracted driving. With the support of The Miley Legal Group and Teens Against Distracted Driving, students Bailey Frederick, Lexie Meyers and Patrick Thompson created a weeklong campaign to encourage students and parents alike to sign the pledge to not text and drive. As part of the project, two $50.00 checks were presented to one boy and one girl who took the pledge.

Bailey Frederick said, “What began as a school project has grown into so much more. With the initiative of the three of us to take the pledge as teens against distracted driving, over 200 of our peers have joined in.”

The National Safety Council released a 2015 report estimating that 38,000 lives were taken on U.S. roads with 4.4 million being injured as well. 26% of these crashes resulted from cell phone use and distracted driving. The more we inform each other on the dangers of distracted driving, the safer our roads will be for ourselves and for our children.

“It’s great to see more and more people getting involved in helping create awareness of distracted driving. The more we share the more lives we can save,” said Jason Epstein, Founder of Teens Against Distracted Driving.

 

 

Seattle Personal Injury Attorney Jason Epstein founded Teens Against Distracted Driving to help educate both teenagers and parents alike on the dangers of distracted driving. For more information on how to get involved with T.A.D.D visit teensagainstdistracteddriving.com.

Texting While Driving is Becoming The New Drunk Driving

Teenage driver using cell phone while driving

Is texting while driving becoming more dangerous than drunk driving? According to The National Safety Council, 80% of all accidents involve at least one distraction with 26% of accidents include a cell phone distraction. Check out the infographic made by Camera Source to view the risks of distracted driving and how you can drive safer on the road.