We Save Lives Takes on Fed Ex
Fed Ex Launches Investigation into Distracted Driver
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We Save Lives often encourages our followers to intervene when someone is driving dangerously and one of our 3D Lifesavers did just that! Alyson Geller is a passionate advocate against distracted driving. When she noted a fed ex driver using his cell phone while at a stop sign, she warned that his actions were illegal and reckless. Instead of putting down his phone, the driver yelled, "I’m just doing my job,” then drove across the intersection, phone still in hand.

She then did what most of us would not do and called Fed Ex. Unfortunately, after receiving no help from customer service she decided to write a letter and contacted us. We posted her letter on our blog page. Then our social media team went into action. Thanks to your re-tweets and sharing our FB and Instagram posts , Fed Ex responded after only one day .

Perry Colosimo, Managing Director, FedEx Ground External Communications told us in an email that, " The use of hand-held devices while driving is prohibited for any individual providing transportation, pickup or delivery services on behalf of FedEx. We regret that your experience in contacting our customer service department was less than ideal and can assure you that we are reviewing the details and circumstances behind the incident you reported. Based on the outcome of our review, we will take the appropriate steps to address this matter as quickly as possible."

 Although letting us know that they would fire the driver in question would have been helpful this incident will let them know that we do not take dangerous drivers for granted. We will continue to monitor the situation and apprise you of the outcome. This wasn't the first time Alyson showed the Courage to Intervene .
 Freakanomics Radio Team Makes Light of Distracted Driving.
" To a backdrop of upbeat music, Dubner , (the podcast host) leads off the conversation with his friend, University of Chicago’s Steve Levitt, who laughingly admits to being a terrible driver. “I am very distracted as a driver … I talk on the phone and I text … I’m pretty much a walking time bomb when it comes to driving.” Later in the show, Northwestern University economics professor Ian Savage, offers that “cellphones – as disturbing as they would seem to be while you are driving, may also be responsible for saving a lot of lives.”

Later in the show, Northwestern University economics professor Ian Savage, offers that “cellphones – as disturbing as they would seem to be while you are driving, may also be responsible for saving a lot of lives.”

When our 3D Lifesaver, Alyson Geller, heard this while listening to their podcast, The Most Dangerous Machine ,   she gritted her teeth. She decided they needed to be educated about the dangers of distracted drivin g. She again did what most of us would not do and wrote a letter stating that " Actually, distracted driving is the primary culprit behind the current unprecedented rise in traffic fatalities in the U.S."
Freakonomics is a podcast  that airs weekly on NPR and PRX affiliates across the country.

We encourage you to TAKE ACTION whenever you see media or drivers acting irresponsibly. If you do not get results then contact We Save Lives at info@wesavelives.org. Because we care . .
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Yvonne Ruff, one of our 3D Lifesavers recently shared a letter with us written by her brother Carl, after the judge sentenced his parent's killer in a drunk driving crime. Both Yvonne and her brother were in the car when the crime occurred. Their parents, Janice and Roy Johnston died at the scene. As evidenced by this letter, we have come a long way but we still have a way to go. Drunk driving may be socially unacceptable but people are still driving drunk. Last year more than 10,400 people were killed as a result of this preventable tragedy. Please sign the Courage to Intervene Promise and ask your friends and family to do the same. Help stop impaired driving. Thank you.
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