Local Attorneys Drive Home Distracted Driving Dangers

June 4, 2012 Updated Jun 4, 2012 at 10:24 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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June 4, 2012 Updated Jun 4, 2012 at 10:24 PM EDT

(WKBW) It's prom and graduation season, and the push is on now to protect teens from the deadly consequences of distracted driving before a tragedy happens.

Local attorneys Herschel Gelber and Timothy O'Connell are taking their sobering presentations to high schools in the Williamsville School District. They are inspired by their colleague whose daughter was killed by a distracted driver.

These lawyers see the consequences of distracted driving everyday and want to spread the message of just how dangerous it is to take your eyes off the road, for even a second, whether it's to text or call someone on your cell phone, eat behind the wheel or even adjust the music or change a CD, and they stress that distracted driving is not just a teen problem.

Attorney Herschel Gelber says,"It doesn't matter how much experience you have driving, if you are not looking at the road to see what's ahead of you. It's not any safer for an experienced driver to engage in distracted driving than someone like a teen driver who doesn't have that much experience."

The attorneys plan to talk to more students this week and will make the presentation at a driving school this summer. They are also willing to spread the word to any local organization.

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