Man shares first hand experience on how distracted driving changed his families lives

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MINOT, N.D. - A family that lost their child to distracted driving has crossed the country to help prevent families to lose their loved ones.

Tuesday, two schools in Minot learned more about distracted driving through Joel Feldman's first hand experience.

Joel Feldman's life changed forever eight years ago when his daughter Casey lost her life in a distracted driving accident.

Feldman, a practicing lawyer and the president of, now travels the country, with a hope to save lives on the roadways.

"Casey was killed in July of 2009 by a distracted Driver. There was a 58-year-old man, who was reaching for his GPS, and he rolled through a stop sign and it was broad daylight and Casey was in the cross walk. He hit her, killed her and said I never saw her," said Feldman.

Feldman brought his message to two Minot schools. Some of the students said they had witnessed their parents driving while distracted.

Minot Police records support this claim by the number of distracted driving related citations issued last year.

"In 2017, we wrote 111 citations for distracted driving related type of offences. There's a couple different laws on the books that apply to distracted driving and so they're out there," said senior officer Aaron Moss.

And through Casey's story, Feldman hopes that students will stop their parents from taking their eyes off the road, even for a second.

"They'll learn a little about what distracted driving is. They'll recognize so that when they're driven distracted, they'll have the tools to speak up, change their driver's behaviors and when they get their drivers license, be a lot less likely to drive distracted," said Feldman.

Using one family's story to save lives on the road.