A recent University of Miami study found of fatal car accidents increase by more than nine percent during spring break in popular nationwide break destinations.
Researchers were surprised to find that alcohol use was not a contributing factor to the increased number of auto accidents, the Times Picayune reported. Michael French, a health economics professor who assisted with the research, told NPR that distracted driving habits such as texting or using a hand-held device are more prevalent.
Joel Feldman, a Philadelphia personal injury lawyer, dedicated his life to spreading awareness about the dangers of distracted driving after his 21-year-old daughter Casey was killed crossing a street at the Jersey shore in the summer of 2007. Feldman founded the End Distracted Driving (EndDD.org) program with the aim to “… preserve life and promote safety on a large scale through advocacy, education, and action.” Through the program, Feldman and his fellow trial lawyers have reached more than 250,000 teens across the U.S. and Canada with his message.
Instilling safe driving habits in high school students who are just learning to drive may be part of the remedy for the increase in car accidents during spring break.