Man on a mission to end distracted driving
BATON ROUGE - One Pennsylvania man on a mission to stop distracted driving made his case to Baton Rouge students today.
The founder of "End Distracted Driving," Joel Feldman, spoke to students at University High about the dangers of distractive driving.
Feldman's daughter was killed in 2009 after she was hit by a distracted driver. Today he shared testimonies and stressed the importance of not driving while being distracted.
"Distracted driving is preventable. Each and everyone of us has the power to change the way we drive and other people drive and each and everyone of us has the power to save lives," said Feldman.
Car crashes are the number one killer of teens, and 80 percent of those wrecks have some form of driver distraction as a contributing factor. Feldman hopes by sharing his story, he'll lower that number.
More than 3,000 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver in 2011. It's against the law to text and drive or update social media in Louisiana.