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Distracted Driving Awareness Month: Put the Phone Down

PHOTO: April is "Distracted Driving Awareness Month." Distracted driving is connected to hundreds of injury crashes in Montana every year. Photo courtesy of CDC.
PHOTO: April is "Distracted Driving Awareness Month." Distracted driving is connected to hundreds of injury crashes in Montana every year. Photo courtesy of CDC.
April 5, 2013

HELENA, Mont. – Texts, calls and kids – they can all be causes of distracted driving.

And the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that leads to hundreds of crashes in Montana each year, and more than 3,000 deaths nationwide.

The CDC and the National Safety Council observe April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

Joel Feldman, founder of the Casey Feldman Memorial Foundation, says bad habits while driving are often connected to bad examples.

"Studies show that teens who grow up in a household where the parents drive distracted are two to four times more likely to drive distracted," he says.

Feldman's 21-year-old daughter was walking across a street in 2009 when struck and killed by a distracted driver.

The CDC lists three types of distractions – visual, where you take you eyes off the road; manual, when you take your hands off the wheel; and cognitive, where you take your mind off driving.

Personal injury lawyers from around the nation recently trained with Feldman to carry the message into schools.

He says personal-injury lawyers can be effective communicators because they see first-hand the tragic consequences of distracted driving, and some even have personal stories to share.

"I drove distracted all the time before my daughter was killed,” Feldman admits. “I was a poor role model. I would drive distracted with my kids in the car."

A bill to prohibit using cell phones while driving was introduced in the Montana Legislature this year. Montana is one of the last states to address the issue.


Deborah Courson Smith/Deb Courson Smith, Public News Service - MT