Amazing news for all our distracted driving victims families, advocates and supporters across the nation!
People Against Distracted Driving (PADD®) has been pushing for tougher laws and penalties regarding distracted driving in New Jersey and across the nation since PADD® was founded in 2012 by the parents of Nikki Kellenyi, an 18 yr old high school senior who was killed by her own friend that was driving under the influence of a cell phone. Her friend pleaded the 5th amendment, deleted
the voicemail of the crash and switched cell phones when a warrant was issued for the driver's boyfriends phone. The driver did not get a jail sentence, probation, a fine or a slap on the wrist for killing her friend. As a result, PADD ® passed Nikki's Law later that year and NJ began to raise fines and penalties for distracted driving.
Close to four years since the driver who killed the high school senior walked away from the crash scott free, New Jersey has finally sent a texting driver to jail, not for killing another person but for just injuring the victim. This case sets a precedent for all municipalities across the nation as jail time for injuring while driving distracted is a reality now, not just a wish.
Since 2012, PADD® has been speaking with prosecutors, police, politicians and lawyers to get them to follow through with the fines and penalties that have been created in regards to the crime of distracted driving. PADD® would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to speak to our team and listen to why we need to actually convict these criminals.
As a result of this case and other recent decisions PADD® is confident that more and more people who commit this crime will be sent to jail, just like drunk drivers.
Read the entire story in the January f Hammonton Gazette