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Learning to drive distracted by example?

March 7th, 2014 8:52 am by JOEL D. FELDMAN

Learning to drive distracted by example?

I do not text while driving because my daughter, Casey, was killed by a distracted driver. Before her death, I did drive distracted, including texting.
I have spoken with more than 30,000 teens and adults across the country, including Tennessee, about distracted driving as part of the EndDD.org campaign.
Those who text and drive believe they can do so without getting in a crash.
Those who have killed while driving distracted all tell me the same thing: “I never thought I was the type of person to kill through my driving.”
Parents of teens who died while texting wonder if their child was texting at the time of their death because they had seen their mom or dad texting.
Teens whose parents drive distracted are more than twice as likely to also drive distracted.
So, as parents, what have we been teaching our children about distracted driving?
JOEL D. FELDMAN
Philadelphia, Pa.

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