Teens Against Distracted Driving (TADD) most recently presented to the students of Todd Beamer High School in Federal Way, WA.
A big thank you goes out to: Diana Jones, the mother of Ashely Jones, for sharing her family’s painful story, Federal Way Police Officer John Stray for speaking about distracted driving laws, and every student and faculty member that attended.
You can read the article from the Federal Way Mirror here.
22-year-old Daniel Pereira plead guilty to reckless driving during an accident in Washington Township that killed Toni Donato-Bolis and her unborn son. Pereira was allegedly texting while driving when his car drifted into the oncoming lanes of traffic, causing the car in front of Donato-Bolis’ to swerved, striking her car head on.
Pereira will pay a $257 fine, lose his license for a year — the maximum penalty for reckless driving — and must attend one anti-distracted driving presentation a year for the next three years. These presentations are given at local schools by Donato-Bolis’ sister, Angela Donato. Pereira is facing no criminal charges, deeply upsetting Donato-Bolis’s family. They contend that they will continue to “fight for justice” and the passing of new, harsher laws.
A school bus driver in Arlington, WA was caught texting and driving when an 8th grade passenger snapped a blurry, but identifiable photo. According to the school district, the driver was punished with the “maximum allowable action for her,” but is back on the road because of her previous good standing. Read the full story and watch the video here.
Students from the Kent School District in Washington State teamed up with Teens Against Distracted Driving to make a PSA that they are sharing with students throughout the district to bring awareness to the dangers of distracted driving. TADD is so proud to have been a part of this production and we would like to congratulate all the students involved on a job very well done!!!
Distracted driving is fast becoming an epidemic. With every driver having a cell phone (that probably does a lot more than text or make calls) and every car coming equipped with on-board GPS and entertainment systems, the ways a driver can be distracted is on the rise. So now the question arises: who should be responsible for the fight against distracted driving? Should cell phone companies install apps that prevent texting or is it the responsibility of auto companies to make sure the in-car technology is keeping everyone on the road safe? The consensus was that everyone needs to chip in at a distracted driving hearing hosted by the National Transportation Safety Board. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 5400 people died in distracted driving crashes in 2009, so it’s obvious that some action needs to be taken.