Distracted driving is a serious issue that causes thousands of deaths and injuries every year. The parents of one distracted driving victim decided to take action in order to prevent other families from experiencing the pain and suffering that they have gone through.
Nikki Kellenyi lost her life in January 2012 when she was the passenger in a vehicle driven by a distracted driver. Her father, Mike Kellenyi, teamed up with Lindsey Gianinni, Miss Gloucester County, to co-found Nikki’s Foundation – People against Distracted Driving (PADD). This organization brings attention to the dangers that result from distracted driving. Nikki’s Law was signed into law on April 14, 2013 and promotes the use of Variable Message Signs that warn the public of the dangers of distracted driving. Signs are currently posted in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas and Massachusetts, as well as some places in Canada and Europe.
During Bad Weather
As if distracted driving isn't bad enough already, it can be even more dangerous during bad weather.
During inclement weather, drivers should practice defensive driving, the complete opposite of distracted driving. Some of the tips involve increasing the distance between vehicles by 2 seconds, driving at a slower speed that is appropriate to the conditions of the roadway, and giving yourself extra time to get to your destination.
It is also recommended to make sure there is an emergency kit available in your vehicle. Also, make sure that your vehicle has been recently checked or serviced; ensuring that the tires are pressurized and other components of the vehicle are functioning properly.
People against Distracted Driving
To learn more about PADD and what the organization is doing to help save lives, visit their website. You can learn more about Nikki’s Foundation, Distracted Driving, and how you can help to save a life.
Our office also urges you to take the pledge against texting and driving. We truly believe that everyone can make a difference with this issue by raising awareness!
If you have been personally affected by distracted driving in an injury accident, or you have lost a loved one due to this tragic epidemic, call our lawyers at 800.637.8170. You can also read more about distracted driving in our blog. If you have any questions, fell free to call into our office to speak to a lawyer.