FocusDriven Announces Appointment of New Board Member

Omaha, NE – FocusDriven – Advocates for Cell-Free Driving today announced its appointment of Bonnie Raffaele as a board member. Raffaele became an advocate for cell free driving after her 17-year-old daughter, Kelsey, was killed driving while using a cell phone in 2010.

Kelsey, a high school senior, was having a cell phone conversation with a friend when she lost control of her Pontiac Sunfire while passing another vehicle. Her vehicle slid sideways, crossing the centerline, where it was struck broadside. Kelsey was transported to War Memorial Hospital by ambulance where she succumbed to her injuries. 

Since the crash, her mother has advocated for legislation banning cell phone use behind the wheel.

“Bonnie has been a passionate advocate for cell free driving in Michigan,” said Rob Reynolds, Executive Director and founding Board Member of FocusDriven. “We look forward to adding her voice to FocusDriven to help continue our mission to help support other survivor advocates, increase public awareness on the dangers of cell phone use while driving, and to support legislation that restricts this destructive behavior. By sharing Kelsey’s story and the known risks of cell phone distracted driving, Bonnie will help convince others that no call, no text is worth a life.”

“It is such an honor to be part of this organization,” said Bonnie Raffaele. “I look forward to working on a national level to increase awareness about cell phone distracted driving. By working together we can put a face to the victims, give a voice to their families and educate the public about the need to change behaviors and reduce the number of fatalities that are occurring.

The National Safety Council estimates 1 out of every 4 motor vehicle crashes involves cell phone use at the time of the crash. At least 21 percent of all traffic crashes – or 1.1 million crashes – each year involve drivers using hands-free or handheld cell phones.

FocusDriven – Advocates for Cell-Free Driving (focusdriven.org) is a nonprofit advocacy organization for victims of motor vehicle crashes involving drivers using cell phones. FocusDriven supports victims of cell phone distracted driving and families of victims. Its goal is to increase public awareness on the dangers of cell phone distracted driving by putting a human face on the disastrous impact of the behavior, in order to promote corresponding public policies, programs and personal responsibility.