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Ending Distracted Driving in Nevada

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Joel Feldman is dedicating his time to preventing unnecessary tragedies.

The volunteer speaker visited Washoe County high schools Wednesday, in an attempt to end distracted driving-- the cause of his family's own tragedy four years ago.

Feldman's daughter Casey was killed by a distracted driver in 2009, and now he wants to use her story to stop that happening to any other family.

"Each and every one of us is just a few seconds away from being like me, losing someone we love, or being like other people who have killed people because of poor choices," Feldman said after his presentation.

He told the story in his speech to a class at Wooster High School as part of his End Distracted Driving campaign. Casey Feldman was killed when a distracted driver ran through a stop sign and hit her as she crossed the street.

Feldman said thousands of accidents like these happen in the U.S. every year, but still a majority of drivers admit to driving distracted, talking on the phone, or texting behind the wheel.

He said hopes to show teenagers that no distraction is worth it, and encourage parents to be good role models.

"When I asked them, 'How many of your parents drive distracted?' Nearly every hand in the room went up," Feldman said of the students in the class. "So that is my message."

This campaign came to Reno as part of End Distracted Driving in Nevada month, which starts in April. It is sponsored in part by the Nevada Justice Association.

Written by Arianna Bennett
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