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April Named End Distracted Driving Awareness Month, Presentations Being Made at Schools

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MONTGOMERY, Alabama (April 8, 2014) – The Alabama Association for Justice (ALAJ) today announced its partnership with the Casey Feldman Memorial Foundation and EndDD in an effort to reduce distracted driving among teenagers in the state. ALAJ member attorneys will give an “End Distracted Driving” presentation at high schools across the state during April. The organization also partnered with Senator Tom Whatley (R-Auburn) and Representative Chris England (D-Tuscaloosa) to pass a resolution naming April “End Distracted Driving Awareness Month” in Alabama.

“Our organization is committed to increasing safety awareness, which will help prevent injuries and fatalities,” said Jeff Rickard, President of the ALAJ. “The ALAJ is honored to bring this national effort to Alabama with the help of Sen. Whatley, Sen. Ross, and Rep. England.”

“Distracted driving is dangerous for the driver and everyone else on the road,” stated Senator Tom Whatley. “I am glad we are doing something proactively to bring attention to this hazardous practice.”

“We need to reach out to high school students to let them know the consequences of driving distracted,” said Representative Chris England. “These presentations in our high schools along with a dedicated month of awareness are good first steps.”

Distracted driving kills more than 5,000 people and injures nearly 450,000 more nationally each year. The ALAJ is part of a national effort to reach more than 100,000 drivers this year with the message to “End Distracted Driving.”

The Alabama Association for Justice is an plaintiffs’ attorney organization that represents the needs of consumers and businesses seeking redress through the courts.

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