Deerfield High School students recently got a wakeup call on the consequences of driving distracted.
The Physical Education Department called in DHS parent Scott Lane to host a Distracted Driving Presentation. Lane is affiliated with EndDD (End Distracted Driving). The organization was founded after the death of 21-year-old Casey Feldman. Casey was struck and killed by a distracted driver in 2009. She was walking in a crosswalk when she was hit by a college student who was reaching across the center console for a drink. She died five-hours later.
Lane warned students that there are other driving distractions besides cell phone use.
According to the organization’s website:
“Distractions can be visual (taking eyes off the road), manual (taking hands off the road), or cognitive (taking mind off the road). While texting and talking on the phone are both mental and physical distractions, cell phone use is attributed to 18% of fatalities in distraction-related crashes. What makes up the other 82%? Putting on lipstick, reaching over to grab a drink, changing the music, reading a roadmap, eating on the go. The distractions are endless. But they don’t have to be.”
Lanes asked students to make a pledge to not be distracted while driving. He encouraged them to sign a form and stay committed to the cause.