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Your donations are greatly appreciated so that we may continue to donate our "Stay Alive Don't Text And Drive" signs to schools and towns along with continuing to educate the community to the dangers distracted driving causes through public appearances at schools, churches, town meetings etc.
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Less than two years after 18 year old rising star, Nikki Kellenyi, lost her life in car crash caused by a distracted driver, Nikki’s Law was signed into law in New Jersey by New Jersey Governor Christie on August 14, 2013. The law requires the New Jersey transportation department to erect signs on state roadways warning of the dangers of distracted driving and reminding drivers that texting while driving carries stiff criminal penalties in New Jersey. Nikki’s father, Michael Kellenyi, and Lindsey Giannini, Miss Atlantic County are co-founders of People Against Distracted Driving (www.padd.org). Mike and Lindsey initiated the legislation and it was passed unanimously by the New Jersey legislature and unanimously before the New Jersey Senate before being signed by the governor.
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Nikki's Foundation - People Against Distracted Driving is a non-profit organization. All donations go towards our ongoing efforts to end distracted driving.
Currently, we are donating "Stay Alive Don't Text and Drive" signs to schools and towns installing them along significant roadsides, billboards, businesses and in school exits, park exits and anywhere that they will impact motorists.
In addition, we are working to spread the awareness of the dangers of distracted driving, providing support for the families affected by such tragedies, and passing new laws to educate motorists, for stricter enforcement and punishment of distracted-driving-related offenses and working with schools to educate children of this new epidemic.
We appreciate any amount of contribution you can make. Your aid is invaluable and helps to keep the movement running!
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Autism New Jersey, Special Olympics New Jersey, Make-A-Wish New Jersey, Community Food Bank of New Jersey, National Multiple Sclerosis Society New Jersey Metro Chapter.
Up to $50,000 will be donated and split evenly between these fine charities. PADD would like to thank NJM for their generous donation and PADD was honored to host and participate in NJM centenial celebration in part with the U-GOT-BRAINS Champion Schools celebration Sponsored by the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey.
Mike Kellenyi, Kristen and Nikki's father started PADD to help others. The main reason he says "to make sure no one else lives the nightmare my family has been living with". Said simply with three words' "END DISTRACTED DRIVING". In November of 2013, 18 months after his daughter Nikki was killed by her friend....Read more...
Steven Richardson, an approachable,experienced and knowledgeable Woodbury attorney has been following Nikki Kellenyi's death from the first day. Steve has been writing about her death and following Nikki's father as he began his mission to save lives through his daughter's tragic preventable death. It touched Steve personally and he has felt committed to help PADD® save lives through education, awareness and support. Mike Kellenyi, his family, Lindsey Giannini (co-founder), the trusties and all of PADD's® supporters thank Steve for his dedication and participation in the fight against distracted driving
Steven Richardson wrote:
Many times a sad incident in life can have a positive consequence. That is certainly true of the tragic death of the Washington Township, NJ, teen Nikki Kellenyi last year. She was killed because she was a passenger in a car driven by another teen.Read more...
As a fraternity, it is our responsibility to give back to the community. Here at Penn State, we have the resources and networking abilities to reach out far and wide beyond the campus.
Nikki’s Foundation has partnered with Malman Law in Chicago, Illinois!
President of Malman Law, Steven J. Malman and his associates in Chicago, IL, have partnered with our foundation to support our ongoing mission to spread the awareness of the dangers of distracted driving on an international scale. Malman Law has pledged to donate $1 dollar to our foundation for every pledge to not drive while distracted on their campaign page, “Pledge to Not Drive Distracted.”Read more...
Brooklawn, NJ has become one of the many towns in New Jersey who have decided to make their town aware of distracted driving. On Monday night 11/18/13, the town council approved unanimously to install PADD's® "Stay Alive Dont Text And Drive" signs throughout the city.Read more...
A DAY FOR NIKKI; A MESSAGE FOR ALL
What began last summer as an assignment to fulfill a senior graduation requirement commenced into a friendly competition with a serious message attached.
Austin Campbell, 17, of Mullica Hill and Michael Grandrimo, also 17, of Washington Township, both seniors at Saint Augustine Preparatory School in Richland, NJ, knew they were up to the challenge when they decided to join together for the Prep’s Senior Caritas (or Love) Program requiring each senior student to commit to a service-oriented project within the community.
October 20, 2013 through Sunday October 27, 2013 is The National Teen Safety Driving Week.
As members of The Teen Safe Driving Coalition of New Jersey we would like to remind everyone of the importance of this week. If you have any new drivers or one's that may be driving soon we encourage you to read how parents and teens can work together to make our roads safer.
Weather breaks for the First Annual St. Augustine Prep School's Volleyball Tournament to Raise Awareness to Distracted Driving! After a week of heavy rains that threatened to cancel the event, the sun shined down without a cloud in the sky. A perfect fall day to get together with friends for a fun filled day of volleyball. The benefit was held to not only raise awareness to distracted driving, it also was to raise money that will help PADD continue it's mission to end distracted driving to schools and towns across the country. Austin Campbell and Mike Grandrimo, two seniors at St. Augustine Prep organized the event which cast teams of 4 against each other for the grand prize of $100.Read more...
JACKSON — Plymouth Rock Assurance Co. along with People Against Distracted Driving on Saturday unveiled a 20-foot-long by 8-foot-tall signature pledge wall at Six Flags Great Adventure that visitors can sign to fight back against irresponsible driving practices.
The auto insurance company needs to gather 25,000 signatures to officially set a new Guinness World Record for the most pledges to a safety campaign. People also can sign the pledge online at www.FightDistractedDriving.com.
PADD now has campaigns in The United States, Canada and Europe. With your support we can eliminate distracted driving injuries and deaths throughout the world. Every donation, even $1.00, can help save lives around the world. PADD thanks all those who have donated and supported us as we continue to make a difference. Distracted driving does not discriminate, please don't wait until it knocks on your door.
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Too many people are getting injured and killed due to texting and being distracted while driving. We’ve all seen others do it, and well, we’ve done it too. That’s what led us to create an application to help prevent that from happening.Read more...
Unique Industries, inc., leading manufacture and worldwide distributor of Party paperware and Accessories
Unique Industries, Inc., installs PADD's "Stay Alive, Don't Text And Drive sign" in Philadelphia PA. Unique is the first worldwide corporation to team up with People Against Distracted Driving. The first sign, located on League Island Boulevard in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia cooperate office of Unique Industries is also located in The Philadelphia Naval Yard, allowing some of our Armed Forces to see the message too. Unique Industries decided that being pro-active would benefit all of their employees (close to 1,000) along with with their friends and families. Unique Industries is planning on installing signs in their headquarters in Canada and eventually around the world! Check back in two weeks to see more signs up at Unique.Read more...
On June 6, 2013 Atlantic Care installed the first of many of our "Stay Alive Don't Text And Drive Signs at their Atlantic City Campus. Both Lindsey Giannini and Mike Kellenyi were there to unveil their sign. As always, Nikki's spirit was keeping an eye on the two as they joined with Atlantic Care. Atlantic Care plans on installing signs at all of their campuses, focusing on prevention of distracted driving.
We are asking YOU to team join us in the committed mission to educate all current motorist and soon to be motorist about the life changing and/or life ending real dangers of distracted driving.
Show your personal support and commitment today by pledging not to text or otherwise be distracted in any manner while driving.Read more...
The National Highway Safety Administration states that 80 percent of accidents and 16 percent of highway deaths are the result of distracted driving—that means there is an accident every 24 seconds attributed to distracted driving.
On Saturday, Plymouth Rock Assurance, PADD and Greater Media New Jersey hosted a simulation at the Bridgewater Commons Mall to emphasize the danger. The program allowed participants to "drive" a simulator with distractions like passengers, texting and phones.Read more...
Fazzio Steel & Industrial Supplies thought it was time to step in and let their customers know that they take distracted driving seriously. With a few dozen of their trucks delivering steel in the tri-state area Fazzio's have seen enough. Proudly promoting safe driving at the exit to there new 23 acre site which holds 26,000 tons of steel inventory, Joe can remind not only his company drivers but reminds the thousands of weekly customers to pay attention when driving! Visit Fazzio's at 2760 Glassboro-Crosskeys Road, Glassboro, NJ 08028 or click on the picture to see their online store.
Francesca Plaza in Sewell, NJ became PADD's newest partner in bringing awareness to the dangers of distracted driving. Owner Toni Carillo was eager to join in the mission as he has daughters the same age as Nikki Kellenyi. He said that he will never forget the night it happened and by installing "Stay Alive, Don't Text and Drive" signs at both exits it will remind drivers of the danger they face. So now, whether your getting your morning coffee at Dunkin, lunch at the Pizza Box or Subway, getting your dinner at The Mulan or dessert at The Polish Water Ice, you will be reminded as you leave to "Stay Alive!"
PADD would like to thank Assemblyman John Wisniewski for sponsoring Nikki's Law along with co-sponsors Paul Moriaty, Vincent Prieto and Herb Conaway, as the legislation to erect signage warning motorists that text messaging while driving is prohibited under state law was approved Monday, April 29th 2013, by the General Assembly.
The bill, designated "Nikki's Law", is named after Nikki Kellenyi, an 18-year old National Honor Society for Business student and champion equestrian from Washington Township, NJ who tragically died in an automobile accident in 2012.
"The typical text message takes 4.6 seconds - that would be the equivalent of driving a car blind at 55 mph the entire length of a football field," said Wisniewski (D-Middlesex), who chairs the Assembly Transportation, Public Works and Independent Authorities. "A quick look away while driving may seem minor, but it can be fatal. This bill honors Nikki's memory and will hopefully help save others by reminding drivers that current state law prohibits texting while driving."
Police Chief Michael Chitwood, of The Upper Darby Township Police force, is gearing up to help PADD end distracted driving by installing DTAD signs throughout the Township and also getting Mike Kellenyi and Lindsey Gianinni's educational program heard at the local schools. PADD was excited when Upper Darby Patrolman Anthony Capodanno, also Nikki's cousin, reached out and expressed Chief Chitwood's interest in starting the first campaign in Pennsylvania. The campaign will be dedicated in part to Officer Dennis McNamara, who was the first police officer killed in the line of duty in the history of the Upper Darby Police Department. He was killed by a career criminal on the night of January 30th, 2002, while investigating a suspicious car. Look for more news and stories as this partnership grows in the coming months.
Mike Davey, owner of MJD Trucking based out of Vineland, NJ had a personal connection to Nikki's death. His daughter Ariana, was Nikki's best friend. As the owner of a large trucking company that runs Rt 95 from New York to Florida he figured a way to get thie message around quickly to the traveling public. MJD Trucking is now running three of it's tractor trailers with a special Angel and message on the back.
Green With Envy Landscaping joins PADD in it's quest to End distracted driving. One week before Nikki Kellenyi's one year anniversary of her death in an automobile accident alleged by a distracted driver, GWE rolled out their newly designed landscape trailer. Owners Joe and Jenn Birney from Sewell, Nj decided it was their way to help Nikki fight this epidemic. Not only have they joined in spreading the message, they took the time to make the spot where Nikki took her last breath's a beautiful place to visit!
General manager Rob Sower of Norris Sales Company in Sicklerville, Nj decided to send a message to his employees and customers by installing a DTAD sign at the exit to his store located 668 Berlin Cross Keys Rd in Sicklerville, NJ. He said his trucks deliver equipment all over the tri-state area and all of his drivers see people texting and driving, Rob said it's so dangerous when his trucks pass people being distracted. So by adding the sign at his exit not only are his drivers reminded to pay attention, all of his customers are reminded too.
On Tuesday 4/19/13 The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and their All Starz Dance Team held their first dance to help PADD raise awareness to the dangers of distracted driving. The dance team along with musicians performed all night for a packed house in the Alton Auditorium. Nikki's father, Mike Kellenyi opened up the show with a few words of praise and thanks to Stockton College and the members of the All-Starz dance team. The show went on with high spirits, each act was fantastic. At the intermission a video created by Lexi Corbett to help bring awareness to distracted driving was shown to all. This was a very touching video as it included some scenes from Nikki Kellenyi's deadly accident. The second half of the show was filled with the best dancing on the East Coast as the All-Starz went into high gear. To announce the winners the All-Starz brought in PADD's Lindsey Gianinni, the current Miss Atlantic County. Lindsey first spoke about her Miss America Pageant and her hopes to bring distracted driving to a National Level through PADD and it's many programs. Then Lindsey awarded The All-Starz their first place trophies, and closed the show with a few words about Nikki and her fight to end distracted driving.
On April 1st, 2013, almost a full year since the death of Mike Kellenyi's Daughter, Nikki's Foundation People Against Distracted Driving helps kick off a campaign against texting and driving in several South Jersey towns in Cape May, Atlantic, Cumberland and Salem Counties.
Under the program anyone using a cell phone while driving will be issued a warning. They will then have 15 days to go online and watch a ten minute video from AT&T called "The Last Text." After watching the video they will have to answer questions about what they saw.
Lee Queen has taken distracted driving seriously. Lee Queen Motorsports of Catawba, North Carolina, decided this year that People Against Distracted Driving would be the main sponsor of his race truck. Lee will be primarily running at The Hickory Motor Speedway in North Carolina. Nikki Kellenyi cannot thank Lee and his family for sponsoring us this year. We hope we can continue to grow with Lee and his race team ansd continue to spread the word about the dangers of distracted driving.
Jake Griffin Racing joined up with PADD to help spread the word about the dangers of distracted driving. Jake proudly displays Nikki's Sticker's on their late model Race car. Jake will be running at the Toledo Ohio Arca CRA Late model races this season. Dan Griffin has donated hundreds of stickers to PADD so they can supply them to anyone who wants to help save lives. We thank Jake and the whole Griffin family for their help. Jake now has an Angel as a co-pilot, Nikki. Check out Jake's Facebook page and let him know you appreciate his efforts to save lives and please take a minute to see his website, Jake Griffin Racing
LACEY TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL DISTRACTED DRIVING PRESENTATION
On Friday, March 22, 2013 People Against Distracted Driving visited Lacey Township High School in Ocean County, New Jersey to present a distracted driving presentation. PADD members Lindsey Gianinni and Mike Kellenyi spent the day with the Class of 2014 in hopes to educate them on the dangers of distracted driving. Lindsey Giannini, also Miss Atlantic County spoke about the various staggering statistics of this epidemic. Lindsey also interacted with the students with some fun tests to show how hard multitasking can be while driving. Mike Kellenyi spoke to the class about the reality of what can happen when you take your eyes off the road, Nikki's story hit the class of 2013 hard as he explained to them that his daughter, Nikki Kellenyi was buried in her prom dress.
A special thanks to Donna Campo of The Lacey Township PTSA for inviting PADD to speak with her class. PADD would also like to thank all of the juniors who sat and learned about Distracted Driving.
To see the video presentation please click on the picture above.