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Just a few seconds…
Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

“Just a Few Seconds” might change the way you drive. This new documentary short, produced by EndDD.org, brings us face-to-face with the victims of distracted driving: the daughter of a man hit by a distracted driver, and the teenage driver who looked down for “just a few seconds”. Watch the video: This powerful video will […]

How closely should we monitor teenage drivers?
Monday, December 17th, 2012

Prevent distracted driving accidents: smartphone apps and monitoring systems help keep teen drivers safe on the roads

Teen dies typing a text message
Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

Her cap and gown were still in her car: Mariah West was going to graduate from high school the next day. She was responding to a text message while driving, and her car veered off of the road and hit a concrete bridge. She was partially ejected from the car, and her head hit the […]

What is causing a big jump in traffic deaths in 2012?
Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Traffic accident fatalities for the first quarter of 2012 are way up compared to 2011 – nearly 13.5%. That is approximately 7,630 people dead from as a result of motor vehicle crashes in the just first three months of the year.  The statistic that I found to be shocking?  More people  have died on U.S. […]

Three minutes that will change the way you drive
Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Watch this compelling and powerful video:   This video, courtesy of The Casey Feldman Foundation, was part of a presentation that Tom D'Amore and Doug Oh-Keith gave as part of EndDD.org, a national campaign to shine a light on the dangers of distracted driving.   See also: How long does it take to check a text? […]

One unexpected way your distracted driving could be tragic
Friday, May 11th, 2012

It happens every year, usually starting in the spring. 38 children die each year in hot cars. Most were accidentally left in the vehicle by parents or caregivers.   Parents think it can never happen to them:  how could you be so careless as to forget your baby in the car? But the majority of these tragic deaths […]

Teen passengers distract drivers – and increase the risk of fatality
Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Recently, attorney Doug Oh-Keith and I have been talking to Oregon high school students about distracted driving as a part of the nationwide project EndDD. These teens shared personal stories about how they, their friends, and their parents have been distracted behind the wheel.  So I should not have been surprised to read a study […]

Your car is making you a distracted driver
Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

This week I was speaking to high school students about the dangers of distracted driving, and I was stumped by one of the questions they asked me. How do you keep from being distracted by your car itself? Of course, you have to pay attention to what’s happening on the dashboard in addition to what’s […]

How long does it take to check a text?
Thursday, February 16th, 2012

An online pledge campaign called TXT L8R, set up by Central Oregon’s KTVZ, is asking drivers to commit to putting the phone down. "When you take your eyes off the road for up to five seconds just looking at a text, you may have covered the distance of a football field,” said Central Oregon’s U.S. […]

National Transportation Safety Board Urges Total Ban on Cellphone Use While Driving
Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Following a rash of deadly accidents caused by drivers distracted by texting and other cellphone use (like the August 2010 multi-truck and car pileup in Missouri that killed two people that investigators now attribute to texting), the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has urged states to pass laws imposing a total ban on cellphone use […]