PADD® has a new partner in the fight to end distracted driving. On Thursday, January 30th the Aura Girl Scout Brownie group #62392 invited PADD® to speak at there monthly meeting. PADD® trustee and co-founder Lindsey Gianinni, also the current Miss Columbus Day spoke to the group of 6th grade Brownies about the dangers of distracted driving and the efforts we are doing to end this epidemic. The Brownie group is determined to help as they see their parents texting while driving all of the time.
It's no wonder these kids are taking a stand at this young age. The vast majority of parents admit to being distracted in some way while driving their young child around, a new survey reveals.
Among roughly 600 parents surveyed, nearly 90 percent said that in the past month they had engaged in at least one type of technological interaction that distracted them while transporting a child between the ages of 1 and 12 years old.
A lot of the attention on the distracted-driving issue has focused on teens and new drivers," said lead author Dr. Michelle Macy, a clinical lecturer in the departments of emergency medicine and pediatrics at the University of Michigan. "But our study is showing that most parents say they were distracted an average of four times when driving their child in the last month, which is more frequent than I had expected.
"Nine in 10 admitted to being distracted by technology, but we also asked about other distractions, such as feeding a child and picking up a toy for a child," she said. "Those were pretty common as well. As were parents eating, drinking or smoking while driving, all of which were also up there in frequency."*
Lindsey spoke to the girls explaining to them how they can help teach their parents about what can happen as a result of these distractions. While explaining to the girls about Nikki Kellenyi's tragec ending to her life the young Brownies became even more determined to help PADD® change the mindset of Americans on distracted driving. As part of the Girl Scout program they must adopt a community service program. Aura Brownie Troop #62392 has decided to do fundraisers for PADD® and have our "Stay Alive Don't Text And Drive" signs installed in thier area. Under the signs we will install a plaque stating " donated by Aura Brownie Troop #62392". Each of the 6 year old girls will be talking to their parents too, reminding them not to text and drive.
Look for more upcoming news about the Brownies involvement with our campaign to end distracted driving including their participation in our "Walk With PADD" to end distracted driving.
*scource: US News
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In 1984, Congress created the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) and the Crime Victims Fund, which provides funds to organizations, like PADD, for victim assistance and compensation programs that offer support and services to those affected by violent crimes. Because the Crime Victims Fund comes entirely from criminal fines and other penalties, spending from the Fund does not add to the national debt or deficit and does not hurt taxpayers.
PADD relies on VOCA funds to help serve distracted driving victims in many states. Although we are proud that distracted driving has been brought out in the publics eyes since our founding through "Nikki's Law", there are still over 3,500 people killed and 300,000 injured each year due to this violent crime. VOCA funding is critical to help us achieve our mission of serving victims of distracted driving.
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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!
We encourage you to browse through the list of valuable resources below, where you can learn more about the impact and effects of distracted driving.
If you'd like to suggest any other links that would work as great additions to this list, we welcome you to contact us.
- Distraction.gov - The official US government website regarding distracted driving.
- CDC on Distracted Driving - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's provision of data and statistics regarding distracted driving.
- National Safety Council on Distracted Driving - A section on the National Safety Council's site devoted to a wealth of information, including links to research articles, statistics, and specific state cell phone laws.
- Insurance Institute for Highway Safety - A breakdown of the nation's state-specific cellphone laws.
- Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey-The Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey (BIANJ) is a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to improving quality of life after brain injury, and offering the promise of a better tomorrow.