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PAJ Inaugural "End Distracted Driving" Presentation Is Tomorrow At The Church Farm School In Exton

Posted Scott B. Cooper on Feb 14, 2013 in News

Posted on Feb 14, 2013

Inaugural "End Distracted Driving" presentation is  February 15  at the Church
Farm School in  Exton

EXTON, Pa.,  Feb. 13, 2013  /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With approximately 11,000
daily accidents due to distracted driving - and an untold number of "near
misses" as drivers narrowly evade calamity - the Pennsylvania Association for
Justice (PAJ) is partnering with The Casey Feldman Foundation/ and to educate high schoolers about how they can make better
decisions while driving.  The "End Distracted Driving" program, part of a
national effort begun just over a year ago by trial lawyers across the country,
uses video, written materials and participation exercises as it shows the
difference even the smallest distractions can have on driving ability.  The
Pennsylvania  effort will begin on  February 15th  at the Church Farm School in
Exton.  PAJ president  Scott Cooper  and  Joel Feldman, a creator of the program
will present.

"As trial lawyers, we have seen too many accidents caused by another's
distracted driving. These injuries are devastating to the person, to their
families and to the people who were driving distracted," said  Scott Cooper, the
president of the PAJ.  "Anything we can do to help reduce the number of these
accidents we should.  This program is the single best way I've seen to make it
clear just how important it is to remain focused while driving."

The national "End Distracted Driving" campaign began a year ago and has reached
nearly 50,000 students with its pro-safety message. Among the materials to be
presented on Friday will be a new video --  Just a Few Seconds….  The "End
Distracted Driving" presentation has been described by The Children's Hospital
of  Philadelphia  as "unique in that it is scientifically guided,
evidence-based, has webinar-based training components, i.e. 'train the trainer',
and includes and evaluation process."  (

The founder of the "End Distracted Driving" effort is  Joel Feldman, a partner
at the  Philadelphia  law firm of Anapol Schwartz.  Attorney Feldman, who with
his wife,  Dianne Anderson, founded the non-profit The Casey Feldman Foundation
and after losing their daughter Casey to a distracted driver in 2009.

"I began this program because of how important it is for every driver, but young
drivers in particular, to understand that 'distracted driving' means more than
just texting or talking on the phone and that any distraction, no matter how
quick, dramatically impacts a driver's abilities," said Mr. Feldman today.  "I
have been amazed by how many trial lawyers have agreed to volunteer their time
to educating teens, here in  Pennsylvania  and across the country.  Our newest
PSA , "Just a few seconds..." shows that each of us is only a few seconds away
from being a distracted driver who kills or a family member who mourns the loss
of a loved one."

At least 45 Pennsylvania attorneys have already committed to doing an "End
Distracted Driving" presentation.  The local effort is being led by  Michael J.
Davey, an attorney at Eckell Sparks in  Media,  Delaware County, along with
fellow PAJ "Future Leaders".  

"What makes the presentations so powerful is it clearly shows how easy it is to
cause a real harm to someone simply because you turn your attention away from
the road," said Attorney Davey today.  "We've all either driven while
distracted, or known someone who has.  We don't think about it.  Hopefully these
efforts will make people think about it, and prevent more senseless tragedies."

The kick-off of the  Pennsylvania  "End Distracted Driving" campaign will be
held at the Church Farm School in  Exton  (1001 E. Lincoln Highway,  Exton, PA
19341, just off Rte. 202) on  February 15th  at  11:20AM to 12:00PM  and again
from  12:05PM to 12:40PM.  Media  coverage is invited.  

About the Pennsylvania Association for Justice 
The Pennsylvania Association for Justice promotes a fair and effective justice
system. We support attorneys who work to ensure that any person who is injured
by the misconduct, negligence or malpractice of others can obtain justice in
Pennsylvania's courtrooms, even when taking on the most powerful interests.  The
members and leaders of PAJ are committed community leaders, dedicated to
improving safety across the board.  For more information, please visit

About The Casey Feldman Foundation and 
The core mission of The Casey Feldman Foundation and is to preserve
life and promote safety on a large scale through advocacy, education and action.
It is our hope that we can prevent families and friends from suffering the loss
of a loved one because of distracted driving.   For more information, visit  or 

About is dedicated to making our communities safer, 60 minutes at a
time.  To help accomplish this mission, we work with non-profit organizations
committed to safety and injury prevention to develop informative and
inspirational safety presentations that our volunteer speakers can deliver to
local audiences in 60 minutes or less.  For more information, please visit or contact

Contacts:  Joel Feldman, Esq.  215.735.3716
Scott Cooper, Esq.  717.232.6300  scooper@Schmidt
Michael Davey, Esq.  610.565.3700

SOURCE  Pennsylvania Association for Justice