Louise Olin Press Conference Statement

Wednesday May 30th, 2018
Los Angeles, CA

Good Morning Everyone.

Thank you for allowing me to say a few words.   The past 4 years, 5 months, 21 days have been difficult and challenging for me and my family, as we adjust to life without Milt.   Nothing has been the same without him. Holidays, birthdays were always so much fun when Milt was alive, now we do our best. I’ve missed sharing family milestones with him, like the birth of our older son’s baby and our younger son’s law school graduation and passing the BAR Exam. Milt should have been here.  

Bruce and Alan dug deep into the case so I would know every detail of why & how Milt was killed.  Deputy Wood at the outset, told 3 different tales about what happened. Obviously, his statements are completely unreliable.  Bruce told me from the beginning that the science will tell us exactly what happened, and it does.  

Bruce layed out for you the 20 seconds prior to Milt being killed. If you think 20 seconds is a short time, it’s not.  Deputy Wood was traveling approx 48 MPH and in that 20 seconds, he covered the distance of 4 football fields.  He may as well have been blindfolded as his attention was on his mobile devices and not the road.  Wood’s attention immediately shifted from his mobile phone directly to his Mobile Digital Computer.  As he was straddling the bike lane, he struck Milt dead center with his 5000 lb vehicle. He was so distracted, he didn’t even know what he had hit.

Milt’s life isn’t the only life that has been taken prematurely, there are countless lives lost every year due to distracted drivers and it’s not getting any better.

Every day, I see people weaving in and out of traffic lanes.  They used to be drunk drivers now they’re distracted drivers looking down at their phones. I know you’ve seen it too, we all have.  It’s time we all say…

Enough is Enough!!!

We all have a right to life, to feel safe riding a bicycle, crossing a street, jogging or driving on the road.  The distracted driving epidemic isn’t going away until everyone takes responsibility.

Here’s how I’ve taken action, I started the Milt Olin Foundation and the StopWrex movement to bring awareness to how dangerous the distracted driving epidemic really is.  The StopWrex movement was developed as a positive message to create awareness for drivers everywhere. The image of Wrex and the stories that unfold, deliver compelling tales that bring engaging, creative visuals to life as part of the StopWrex movement.

Let’s all spread the word to everyone with a mobile device to please put it away while driving.  If you’re tempted, JUST PULL OVER.

We can call on City planners to make bike lanes safer.  I personally like segregated bike lanes but that isn’t always possible.  One thing they could do to make bike lanes safer is to put Bott’s Dots or scoring on the demarcation line so when a distracted driver veers into a bike lane, it will WAKE him up from his distraction.  

Together we can contact our lawmakers to enact legislation so auto manufacturers install more safety features.  They did it for seat belts, why not distracted driving?

Stiffer penalties are needed including possible manslaughter prosecutions for distracted drivers who take a life.  Harsher more meaningful penalties can and will save lives.  Milt would be here TODAY if not for Deputy Andrew Wood’s decision to continue driving instead of pulling over to use his mobile devices.  Aren’t law enforcement officer here to protect us?

During the case Deputy Wood tried to use the anti-texting statute to excuse and downplay his conduct.  He argued that texting while driving is not the same as drunk driving because the penalties aren’t as high.  Also, there are certain exception provided to law enforcement in the statute. Coincidentally, when the DA looked at the case, one of the reasons they claimed, they decided not to prosecute Wood , was the language in the anti-texting statute.  

It was shocking to me to see such an argument made in light of all the death and destruction caused by distracted driving.  There are more people getting killed by distracted drivers than drunk drivers.

Please join the Stop Wrex movement to stop distracted driving @StopWrex.com (S-t-o-p-W-r-e-x.com)

Thank You.