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A father shares his loss; teaches students to avoid distractions while driving

Casey Feldman Casey Feldman
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Joel Feldman spoke to students Friday at University High School Joel Feldman spoke to students Friday at University High School
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

In today's world there are a lot of distractions as we drive. Joel Feldman knows that all too well. His daughter Casey Feldman, a 21-year old journalism student, was killed by a distracted driver in 2009.

In honor of Casey's memory, he made a pledge to end distractive driving. He travels across the nation talking to teens, encouraging them to stay focused when on the road. On Friday, September 13, he was at LSU to speak to the students at University High School.

"There are too many people who are distracted while driving," said Feldman.

But teens aren't the only ones, he says.

"It's moms and dads and professional drivers," said Feldman "Give up those driving distractions and be the driver you want your teen to be," he continued.

Feldman says that you should talk or text on the phone before driving. If it's a distraction, put the phone in the back seat. And if it's an important call or message, pull over.

"Just a second is the difference between me, who's lost someone, and the person who killed my daughter," said Feldman.

Feldman passed out wristbands to teens to remind them of his story every time they get behind the wheel. He hopes they remember Casey, the journalism student just shy of graduating; a life now left unwritten.

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