03 Dec 2014

CHS Students Learn How To End Distracted Driving

íÍOur books are open and your story can continue. We doní´t think it could happen to us í until it does,íñ said the founder of End Distracted Driving Joel D. Feldman.

CHS faculty and students gathered in the gym for an assembly on Thursday, Dec. 4. The topic of the assembly was hardly a light topic, but one that would save lives; literally. Feldman from End Distracted Driving, or EndDD, along with Robert E. Kleinpeter, past president of Louisiana Association for Justice, and Steven C. Thompson, a member of the Louisiana Association for Justice and CHS grad of 1977, came to give a powerful presentation to educate the students on the dangers of driving distracted.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving is íÍany activity that could divert a personí´s attention away from the primary task of driving.íñ Ití´s not just texting or making calls on a cell phone; any activity that diverts a driverí´s attention puts that driver, and their passengers, and everyone else sharing the road at serious risk.

íÍThe reason I started EndDD was because my daughter was killed by a distracted driver,íñ said Feldman. Casey Feldman, 21, was killed in 2009 by a distracted driver and since then, the Feldmans have committed their lives to creating awareness about distractions and promoting safer driving habits.

CHS senior Gaven DeVillier says the assembly put a light on bad driving habits that most people are guilty of. íÍIt was an interesting take on driving distracted. It definitely made me more aware of what is a distraction. I bring my two little brothers to school every morning and I want to do all I can to make sure we all get there safely,íñ said DeVillier.

In additional to asking our boys to reflect on their own driving behaviors, they were also taught that they can effectively intervene when others drive distracted. Speaking up to the distracted driver could save your life and life of others.

It is important to note that children learn first-hand from the behaviors of those around them. When asked to raise their hand if they have ever witnessed a parent or guardian drive while distracted, not a single hand was left down. EndDD stresses the importance of teaching safe driving behaviors by being good role models. íÍThese accidents are 100 percent avoidable, but people still do it,íñ said Kleinpeter.