FADD, Families Against Distractive Driving, was commended during the 92nd General Assembly of the Arkansas State Legislature on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 for helping spread awareness about the dangers of distracted driving at schools, civic clubs, and community events throughout Arkansas.
Michele Paden, a former resident of Magnolia, is co-founder and President of the organization and particiapted and serves on the Coalition for Safer Teen Driving board at Arkansas’s Children’s Hospital in Little Rock.
FADD has been in operation since July 2014 in honor of Paden’s nephew, Grant Pyle, who was a victum of distracted driving due to being a passenger of a car with a distracted driver. Pyle is a quadriplegic due to the injuries he sustained and relies on a wheelchair for mobility.
During the 2015, 2017, and 2019 legislative sessions, Paden testified and worked with legislators to strengthen distrated driving laws in Arkansas with the mission in mind to prevent serious injuries and make Arkansas roadways safer.
Paden now lives in Mountain Home, AR with her husband and daughter.