Three years ago today Gina and Mike Kellenyi stood over the grave of their 18 yr old daughter praying that no other parent would loose a child at the hands of an irresponsible driver. They needed to talk to someone about this epidemic, about their loss, why it happened, what to do next, yet there was no such organization. To end distracted driving they knew they needed something like Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Together they decided to create People Against Distracted Driving to help other families in the same situation and to educate society about the dangers of driving distracted.
The founding board members (Mike Kellenyi, Tom Spracio, Larry LaVerde, John Radetich, Jim and Cathy Beamer, Mike Davey and Jim Donahue) met twice a month for the first year building the foundation for what would become the MADD of the twenty first century. This team made it possible for the impossible to happen. Here are a few of our acheivements.Read more...
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In recent years, many surveys have been conducted of teenage drivers in order to obtain a better understanding of their distracted driving behaviors and to develop strategies for addressing those behaviors.
However, most surveys have been done at a national level. This survey focused on teen drivers living in a specific community – the metropolitan area of Richmond, Virginia.Read more...
PADD® works 24-7 combating the #1 killer of teens in America and abroad. Our victim support team will answer your call day or night. We work with Grief Share nationally to help victims and their families get through the loss of a loved one caused by Distracted Driving.
PADD® has now donated and installed 57 DOT approved Distracted Driving signs in New Jersey's schools and towns along with signs in 17 other states, Canada and Europe. In total, 110 signs are now in place reminding drivers to drive responsibly. Join 17 states and three countries by contacting PADD® today to get signs in your community!Read more...
PADD® is honored to partner with one of the largest electrical contractors in the nation. With PADD President and founder Mike Kellenyi being in the heavy highway construction business for twenty years it is our hope that this campaign will inspire both small and large contractors across the country to follow Power Design's lead in educating and raising awareness to it's employees and their families to the deadly consequences of distracted driving.
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June 22, 2015 - SAINT PETERSBURG, Fla. -- At any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving, keeping their eyes off the road for an average of five seconds each time they text. The National Safety Council brings focus to this epidemic, along with other leading causes of preventable injury and death by recognizing June as National Safety Month.Read more...
Venturini Motorsports Extends Partnership with Nikki's Foundation, People Against Distracted Driving (PADD)
Concord, NC, (June 15, 2015) - Venturini Motorsports and New Jersey-based non-profit organization Nikki’s Foundation, ‘People Against Distracted Driving®,' or PADD, have extended their partnership to help raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving.Read more...
Prom, graduation and party season is in full swing. Three years ago I was looking forward to watching my youngest daughter celebrate these milestones. I was robbed of the experience by a distracted driver.Read more...
On Sunday, April 26th The PADD 150 Distracted Driving Awareness Race on Iracing will be broadcast on Twitch TV. 43 drivers will take the green in the anniversary race of PADD Awareness Racing on Iracing.com.Read more...
Distracted Driving on The Fox Good Day Show, PADD Explains Their National Campaigns To Change The Mindset Of Drivers
The 15th of April to most people is remembered as Tax Day. To the president of PADD it is remembered as the day his daughter was killed by her friend from distracted driving. On the day of the three year anniversary of Nikki Kellenyi's preventable death, Fox News The Good Day Show talks to PADD's founder about his loss and how PADD now helps teens and young adults drive responsibly and what to do in a situation where your designated driver is distracted, drunk or just a scary driver. Watch Fox 29 News anchors Alex Holley and Mike Jerrick learn about #justsaypadd, the national campaign that lets you #arrivealive for free from Uber and PADD.
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April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and when I saw that pop up on my calendar, I was reminded of an April in 2012 when I started to see hand lettered signs all over Washington Township in Gloucester County, New Jersey, where I live. They warned of the dangers of distracted driving.
I then saw a news item that a Washington Township High School Senior, Nikki Kellenyi, had been killed in an accident on April 14. Said accident was attributed to distracted driving by the driver, although the police were never able to prove that definitively. I even wrote on this site about how there is only so much you can do to protect your kids.Read more...
April is not easy for Mike Kellenyi. But an email that he recently got from a student at Rider University has helped.
"He said 'Thank you for getting me home safe,'" said Kellenyi, president of People Against Distracted Driving, or PADD. "That was worth a million dollars to me. If I save a life, it's worth it all.
He wishes his daughter, Nikki, didn't die on April 15, 2012, when the car she was a passenger in crashed into a pick-up truck on Pitman-Downer Road in Washington Township. He wishes she could've shined at her senior prom, held just weeks after her death, or start her freshman year at Rider University, where she was offered a full ride to study accounting, that fall.Read more...
YOU ARE FREE TO CHOOSE, BUT YOU ARE NOT FREE FROM THE CONSEQUENCES OF YOUR CHOICE...
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This year distracted driving killed more people then drunk driving yet hundreds of thousands of people continue to text and drive (includes checking emails, posting on facebook or twitter, any action which takes away from the primary task of driving). This New Years, make the only sensible resolution, decide to put the phone away, put down any distraction and drive responsibly. PADD® helps victims and victims families of this terrible new crime but we would rather have no one to help! If you choose to drive responsibly tonight your resolution will save someones life and possibly your own.
From our team at The Nikki Kellenyi Foundation, People Against Distracted Driving®, we wish everyone and happy and safe 2015! "Don't Drive Distracted!"
Did you know that over 5,000 people were killed by distracted driving last year! Texting and phone calls aren’t the only distractions. Passengers, eating, and in-car technologies can also cause distractions. Please take some time to read through our website and learn about distracted driving and ways to prevent the #1 killer of teens!
L-R Mike Kellenyi (PADD founder), Jaymee Beard (ARCA Safety Director), Jeremy Lestock (Monroe Co. Deputy Sheriff), Justin Boston (Venturini Motorsport driver of #25 ZLOOP Toyota), Lindsey Gianinni (Padd co-founder), Brennan Poole (Venturini Motorsport Driver with most wins), Mr. Scott Stalker (Principal of Bedford High School, Bedford, Michigan)
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Your donations are greatly appreciated so that we may continue to donate our "Stay Alive Don't Text And Drive" signs to schools and towns along with continuing to educate the community to the dangers distracted driving causes through public appearances at schools, churches, town meetings etc.
To donate please click on "Help Supprt Our Work" on the right side of all of our pages. We appreciate any donation, $1.00, $5.00, $10.00 or more as every donation will ensure that no school or town has to "pay" to save a life through education and awareness.
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Lawnside, NJ has been a history making town since the 1700's. On November 5th, Lawnside made history again by being the first independent self-governing African-American community north of the Mason-Dixon Line to join PADD® in our mission to end distracted driving. We are proud to have our campaign help save the lives of the entire Lawnside community and to the general public shopping, visiting or just traveling through Lawnside.
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Defensive Driving “Boot Camp” For Teens Coming To
MetLife Stadium Aug. 24th
PADD to hold first national “Walk With PADD” April 12, 2014
NJM Insurance Company pledges $5,000 as Title Sponsor
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Motorsports spreads PADDS Message worldwide
Thunderbolt Raceway in Millville NJ leads the way in the racing world to spread PADD's message
Queen Motorsports carried PADD® in '13 and continues in '14
Jake Griffin Racing enters it second year with PADD®
Hulmes Racing enters its second year with PADD® at bridgeport NJ
Iracing and it's members honor Nikki one week after distracted driving took her life. A connection was made.
PADD Racing in the virtual world continues daily.
WALK WITH PADD® on NBC 10
WIN A DISTRACTED DRIVING SIMULATOR FOR YOUR HIGH SCHOOL
Click on the U GOT BRAINS logo to learn how your school can win distracted driving simulator
PADD is a proud member of:PADD is proud to be a partner with the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey(BIANJ). To learn more about what our mission together is visit GET INVOLVED. To learn more about what the NJBIA mission is please visit:
Take the Pledge-Save Your Life and Another!
Autism New Jersey, Special Olympics New Jersey, Make-A-Wish New Jersey, Community Food Bank of New Jersey, National Multiple Sclerosis Society New Jersey Metro Chapter.
Up to $50,000 will be donated and split evenly between these fine charities. PADD would like to thank NJM for their generous donation and PADD was honored to host and participate in NJM centenial celebration in part with the U-GOT-BRAINS Champion Schools celebration Sponsored by the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey.
Nikki's Foundation - People Against Distracted Driving is a non-profit organization. All donations go towards our ongoing efforts to end distracted driving.
Currently, we are donating "Stay Alive Don't Text and Drive" signs to schools and towns installing them along significant roadsides, billboards, businesses and in school exits, park exits and anywhere that they will impact motorists.
In addition, we are working to spread the awareness of the dangers of distracted driving, providing support for the families affected by such tragedies, and passing new laws to educate motorists, for stricter enforcement and punishment of distracted-driving-related offenses and working with schools to educate children of this new epidemic.
We appreciate any amount of contribution you can make. Your aid is invaluable and helps to keep the movement running!