The Driving Safety Podcast
The Driver’s Alert Driving Safety Podcast is an ongoing series of conversations with some of the most influential people in the field of transportation safety, addressing important topics such as distracted driving, aggressive driving, seat belt usage, traffic laws, connected cars, autonomous vehicles and so much more.
Ep7 – Melissa Wandall – Red Light Cameras
Melissa Wandall is a nationally recognized traffic safety advocate and the President of the National Coalition for Safer Roads. Melissa began her journey for safer roads in 2003 when her husband, Mark, was killed by a red-light runner. Her dedication to this important cause led to the Florida State Legislature’s passing of the Mark Wandall Traffic Safety Act in 2010.
Ep6 – Scott Rownin – SafeRide Mobile (Distracted Driving)
Scott Rownin is the President and CEO of SafeRide Mobile, a Connecticut-based company with a mission to use technology to fight the growing epidemic of distracted driving. SafeRide is an app that locks the driver’s smartphone when the vehicle is in motion. The technology works for both consumer and business applications.
Ep5 – Robye Nothnagel – Colorado Drive Safe (Distracted Driving)
In 2017, Robye Nothnagel was attempting to walk across a street when she was struck by a distracted driver. Robye suffered multiple bone fractures and internal injuries, leading to months of rehabilitation. Determined to do something about distracted driving, Robye founded Colorado Drive Safe, a coalition with a mission to build a safer driving environment in the state of Colorado.
Ep4 – Karen Torres – All4UDad (Distracted Driving)
Karen Torres is a distracted driving awareness advocate, speaker and educator. In 2006, her father, Patrick Mapleson, was conducting road improvements along a stretch of highway in the state of New York when a cement truck, driven by a distracted driver, entered his work zone, striking Patrick and kill him instantly. Karen has turned her personal tragedy into a learning tool by starting All4UDad, a program designed to raise awareness about distracted driving.
Ep3 – JANNA PELLE – #HitAndRunProject
Janna Pelle is an alternative pop artist living in Brooklyn, New York. Her lifelong friend and former bassist, Patrick Wanninkhof, was tragically killed by a distracted driver during a cycling trip across America for charity. Janna is determined to raise awareness about the issue of distracted driving through music with her album “VOICEMEMO,” illustrating stages of grief with auto-related imagery, and through social media with the introduction of the #HitAndRunProject.
Ep2 – TODD BETZOLD – Arrive Alive Tour
Todd Betzold is the Director of Marketing at Unite Corporation, based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Todd is responsible for managing the company’s brand through its websites, social media accounts, newsletters, press releases and digital campaigns. He also serves as the spokesperson for Unite. Todd’s principal focus is on the company’s Arrive Alive Tour, a program that travels to high schools and colleges around the United States to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving and drunk driving.
Ep1 – LORI OLSON – Pulse
Loris Olson is the Fleet Sales Director for Pulse, a vehicle braking technology company that reduces rear-end collisions via an a third brake light that rapidly pulses when the brake pedal is activated. This technology is helping companies and universities reduce rear-end collisions by 50-88%. Lori has been instrumental in the company’s transition from dealership to fleet sales. She believes that the distracted driving epidemic is playing a major role in rear-end collisions, making the Pulse third brake light essential in grabbing a driver’s attention.
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