U.S. Secretary of Transportation congratulates Joel Feldman
In 2009, distracted driving killed nearly 5,500 people and injured a half million more. And while these statistics speak for themselves, it's impossible to understand the true cost of this deadly epidemic without hearing from those most affected by it.
Joel Feldman and his wife Dianne suffered a loss no parent should ever have to bear. A single, momentary distraction behind the wheel ended their 21-year-old daughter Casey's life at a time when it should have just been starting. But, they chose to channel their tragedy into positive action – founding the Casey Feldman Memorial Foundation to help stop other senseless, preventable crashes.
Distracted driving is an issue that is close to my heart, and I'm proud of the work we've done at the Department of Transportation to raise awareness about its dangers. But I'm most encouraged because I know we are not alone in this fight. Our cause has been taken up by families, students, employers, legislators, and law enforcement in communities across the country.
I applaud Joel Feldman for being one of these advocates. I congratulate him on receiving the Safe Driving Community Service Award tonight. And I hope we can all, in Casey's memory, remember to keep our eyes on the road, our hands on the wheel, and our focus on driving – today and every day.