President’s Message Fall 2013

Florida Now Bans Texting and Driving!
September 18, 2016
September 18, 2016

President’s Message Fall 2013

 An update from our president and founder, Candace Lightner

We Save Lives has had a very busy 4 months since our launch in May of this year. It was probably the quietest launch of any web site on highway safety. In fact, launch was probably an overstatement but we are up and running. However, we are gaining ground, likes and followers. We have even had some good press!

We initiated a We Save Lives Highway Safety Award and its first honoree was Governor Malloy of Connecticut for his tough stance on distracted driving. Liz Rich, one of the members of the WSL team and a good friend, went with me to Connecticut where we attended the bill signing of his tough new law. The picture featured on our web site was taken by Liz.

We will be highlighting our next honoree soon and appreciate all recommendations that come our way. Our WSL Highway Safety Award slider was designed by one of our partners, Text Kills. They are super at graphic design. Just check out their web site. Speaking of partners, we now have 22 plus the 35 in the Florida Teen Safe Driving Coalition. We are growing and always looking for more partners.

Currently, we are focusing on drugged driving, an ongoing national problem and getting worse. Please see our blog about Florida’s drugged driving problem and our recommendations. I have been traveling the countryside speaking about this issue and will continue to do so. However, our main focus at the moment has been right here in Florida. I have met with numerous highway safety organizations and the Governor’s and Attorney General’s office to talk about a proposed legislative packet and a statewide task force. I have traveled this road before, however this time, due to lack of data, there really is more ignorance about the issue.

Unfortunately, a lack of knowledge about drugged driving can mean little in the way of initiatives to thwart this crisis. Let’s hope the states wake up soon and realize we need to start practicing management by prevention vs management by crisis when it comes to highway safety.

We want to thank our Board of Directors, Advisory Board, and WSL team who volunteer their time in a variety of ways. We especially appreciate our followers and those who “like” us on Facebook. Keep spreading the word. The more people we reach, the more people who learn about the 3 D’s and how they can help save lives.

Thank you,

Candace Lightner, President

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