Distracted Driving advocate & speaker

Previous events

Jennifer Smith


Feb. 3         Texas Legislative & Media Briefing on HB80 & SB25, Austin, TX

Feb. 11     Presentation: Preventing Distracted Driving Among College Students @ Loyola  University, Chicago with Shriner Hospitals for Children and the Portes Foundation

Feb. 23    Presentation: Preventing Distracted Driving Among College Students @  Concordia University, Chicago with Shriner Hospitals for Children and the Portes  Foundation 

Feb. 24    Presentation: Preventing Distracted Driving Among College Students @ Elmhurst College, Chicago with Shriner Hospitals for Children and the Portes Foundation  

Feb. 26    It Can Wait® Presentation w/Liz Marks @ Sullivan High School, Chicago

Feb. 26    It Can Wait® Presentation w/Liz Marks @ Westinghouse High School, Chicago

Feb. 27    It Can Wait® Presentation w/Liz Marks @ HACEMOS- Hispanic Latino Employee         Association, AT&T, Chicago

Feb. 27    It Can Wait® Presentation w/Liz Marks @ CVCA High School, Chicago

March 9    Presentation: Preventing Distracted Driving Among College Students @  University of Illinois, Chicago with Shriner Hospitals for Children and the Portes Foundation  

March 10-12    Presentation: Workshops at the Nevada State FCCLA Conference, Grand Sierra Resort and Casino, Reno, NV    nevadafccla.org
        State Leadership Conference

March 13    Presentation: Preventing Distracted Driving Among College Students @  Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago with Shriner Hospitals for Children and the Portes Foundation

March 15-17    Lifesavers Conference Sponsor & Exhibitor: StopDistractions.org & It Can Wait®             Speakers Bureau, Chicago

March 17-23    Acadia Parish Choices 2015, Rayne, LA Filming and presentations at 6 high schools: Rayne, Midland, Church Point, Crowley, Iota, and Notre Dame High Schools
        Speakers include: Joel Feldman, enddd.org, Liz Marks & Betty Shaw, Reggie Shaw
        Acadia Parish Sheriff's Office program (Choices .... every choice comes with a  price) that we started 4 years ago to educate the community on the dangers of impaired and distracted driving.  A crash re-enactment video is produced that is used throughout the community and at all 6 high schools in the parish. The production includes 150 students from 6 area high schools.

March 31 -     NTSB Roundtable Discussion: Distraction in Transportation, Washington, DC

April 2        It Can Wait® Presentation w/Liz Marks @ Ohio NOYS Distracted Driving Summit

April 8 -     Presentation: Preventing Distracted Driving Among College Students @                 Harper College, Chicago with Shriner Hospitals for Children and                     the Portes Foundation

April 10-11 -    Presentation: Cadott High School: Celebrate My Drive Winner, Cadott, WI

May 8 -     Ohio It Can Wait Presentation: Celebrate My Drive Winner

1/8        Attend Texas Transportation Forum, San Antonio, TX

1/9        School Presentation @ Smithson High School, San Antonio, TX

1/23        CNN Living Twitter chat with Kelly Wallace #CNNParents

1/24        School Presentation @ Laurel Junior Senior High School - Newcastle, PA

1/25        Corporate Presentation @ McClymonds Supply & Transit, Pittsburgh, PA 

2/14        Distracted Drivers Stakeholders Meeting at US Dept. of Transportation with Sect. Anthony Foxx and NHTSA Acting Administrator David Friedman

3/1        Corporate Presentation @ McClymonds Supply & Transit, Pittsburgh, PA

3/18-21    Acadia Parish Choices Week with the Acadia Parish Sheriffs Dept., Rayne, LA (filmed crash re-enactment and presented to 6 area schools)

3/31        Attended the Association for the Advvanccement of Automotive Medicine Symposium, Washington, DC

4/8        Lunch & Learn Presentation at Shriners Hospital for Children-Chicago

4/9-10    Presentations at Con-Way Truckload, Joplin, MO (10 presentations)

4/22        Guest on Peggy Smedley Radio Show

4/23        Today Show Appearance    

4/23        Meeting at US Mission to the UN about Road Safety & Distracted Driving

4/27-29      Attend Lifesavers Conference, Nashville, TN

4/30        Peggy Smedley Twitter Chat    

5/1        Katie Couric Show Appearance

5/3        Host of New York Distracted Driving Summit 

6/17        Texas Distracted Driving Summit Closing Remarks

9/7-10    Attend GHSA Annual Meeting, Grand Rapids, MI

9/11        Speak in Grand Island, NE - Northwest High School, and 3 schools of 7-8th graders

9/15-16    2nd Annual Virginia Distracted Driving Summit Closing Remarks

9/15        Awarded Traffic Safety Champion Award from Drive Smart Virginia at the  2nd Annual Virginia Distracted Driving Summit

9/23        Guest on Peggy Smedley Radio Show

10/6-8    Acadia Parish Choices Program planning meeting, Louisiana

10/21    Wilbur Wright College, Chicago, IL

10/22    Kendall College, Chicago, IL

10/26    Attend 4th Annual 5k Run/Walk In Honor of Conor, Sherman Oaks, CA

10/29-30    Malcolm X College, Chicago, IL


Jan 10         Rock Center with Brian Williams, NBC

Jan 29        Texas Briefing at the Capitol, Austin, TX

Feb 12        House Transportation Committee Workshop, Tallahasse, FL

Feb. 13      Broward County Schools - National Safe Driving Video Conference, Deerfield Beach High School

Mar 4        Oklahoma Capitol - Gen TxT

Mar 8        Virginia Capitol - meeting with Governor’s policy team w/DriveSmart VA

Mar 14        Live radio interview w/CBS Radio Los Angeles, CA

Apr 14        Lifesavers Conference- Denver, CO

Apr 17        Mid-East Technical High School, OH

Apr 23        USDOT Distracted Driving Stakeholders Meeting, Washington, DC

Apr 24        Port Edwards, Wisconsin High School Presentation

May 14           Barbados Occupational Health & Safety Presentation, Bridgetown, Barbados

May 15-17    2nd Caribbean Regional Congress on Road Safety, Bridgetown, Barbados

May 17        World Telecommunication & Information Society Day-Road Safety, Bridgetown,    Barbados 

July-Aug           Worked with MTV and AT&T on the Change Agents PSA series

Jul 11-14         1st Annual Friends & Family Advocates Retreat, Salt Lake City, UT

Jul 12          Advocates & Families trip to Univ. of Utah Distracted Driving Research Lab

Jul 21          Rock & Roll Chicago Half Marathon - Family Teresa Breen ran to honor her son,  JB and raise $2,000 from Traveler’s Insurance

Sept 19         Virginia Distracted Driving Summit, Richmond, VA

Sept 19         Coordinated victim families and advocates for It Can Wait National Pledge Day  events across the nation

Sept 20         NOYS Teen Distracted Driving Summit, Washington, DC

Sept 26-27    Lake Region General Health (CE credit), Laconia Police Dept., Laconia High  School, Laconia Boys & Girls Club

Nov 14            North Dakota Risk Management Division Conference Keynote, Bismarck-Mandan,  ND

Jan. 23-25 - Attended TRB Annual Meeting, Washington,DC

Feb. 16-17 - MO Distracted Driving Summit, Opening Keynote, Jefferson City, MO

Mar. 26 - Families of distracted driving met with the US Sect. of Transportation Ray LaHood, Washington, DC

Apr. 12 - Ft. Worth Star Telegram

Apr. 26 - Texas Distracted Driving Summit, San Antonio, TX

May 8-10 IRF Caribbean Regional Congress on Road Safety, Presentation on distracted driving facts & advocacy,Montego Bay, Jamaica

May 17 - DuPont Sustainable Solutions, Presentation to employees, Virginia Beach, VA

Jun 11-12 - MO LETSAC Conference, 2 workshop presentations, Lake Ozark, MO

Jun 14-16 - Attended Lifesavers Conference, Orlando, FL

Sept. 26 - Shriners Hospital for Children Chicago, Lunch & Learn-TX Summit recap, Chicago, IL

Oct. 13 - Xzavier-Survivor Heroe's Rally to End Distracted Driving, Milwaukee, WI

Oct. 24-26 - MO Blueprint Conference, Branson, MO

Oct. 29-30 - Conway Truckload & Diamond Schools, Joplin, MO

Nov. 13 - Florida Distracted Driving Summit, Tampa, FL

Tampa Bay Times - http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/families-share-tears-at-tampa-summit-called-against-distracted-driving/1261409

Jan. 20 – Press Conference at US Dept. of Transportation with Sect. Ray LaHood for FocusDriven’s 1 year anniversary, Washington, DC

Feb. 12 - Shriners Hospital for Children Chicago, Lunch & Learn

Feb. 16 – Presentation at NHTSA Region 2 Meeting, Albany, NY

Mar. 7 – Participation in Consumers Union Distracted Driving event, New York, NY

Mar. 11 – Presentation at Transportation & Infrastructure Convention, Washington, DC

Mar. 18 - Presentations at Great Lakes Teen Safe Driving Conference, Crystal Lake, IL

Mar. 22 – Associa Legislative Day, Austin, TX

Mar. 27-29 – Panel Presentation on Victim Impact Panel at Lifesavers Conference, Phoenix, AZ

Mar. 30 – Press Conference at Texas Capitol to launch the Texas Dept. of Transportation Distracted Driving Campaign – Talk, Text, Crash, Austin, TX  Apr. 1 – LongHorn Lawyer Radio Show  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/longhorn-lawyer/2011/04/01/on-the-radio-with-focusdriven-president-jennifer-smith

Apr. 13 – Presentation at Evanston Distracted Driving Summit, Evanston, IL

Apr. 14 – Featured in The Economist

Apr. 19 – Presenter for Thompson Reuters Webinar on Distracted Driving with RITA Administrator Peter Appel and Attorney Todd Clement

Apr. 20 – Presentation at Nebraska Safety Council Convention, Lincoln, NE

Apr. 21 – Hosted the Illinois Distracted Driving Summit with 400+ attendees with speakers including, Sect. Ray LaHood, IL Sect. of State Jesse White, IL Senate President John Cullerton, and IL State Representative John D’Amico, Addison, IL  (*See YouTube Video excerpts)

Apr. 22 – Featured guest appearance on 20/20  http://abcnews.go.com/2020/video/teen-texting-putting-young-distracted-drivers-tape-cell-phone-2020-13440944

Apr. 28 - MT Radio Show

May 5 - 7 Presentations at Oak Park River Forest High Schools Drivers Education classes,  Oak Park, IL

Jun. 7 – Keynote address at NHTSA Region 7 Meeting, Coralville, IA

Jun. 9 – Keynote Luncheon Address at the Oklahoma Safety Council Annual Meeting,  Norman, OK
Aug. 9-11 - Transportation and Infrastructure Convention Meeting, Presentation at General Session, Dallas, TX
Oct. 26 -  Attended GHSA Annual Meeting, Cincinatti, OH
Oct. 30 -  Presentations at Oak Park River Forest High Schools Drivers Education classes,  Oak Park, IL

Jan. 12 – Launch of FocusDriven from US Dept. of Transportation with Sect. Ray LaHood in Washington, DC.  Coverage included:  All TX & OK stations, NBC News with Tom Costello, CNN Live Interview, national coverage on ABC, CBS, NBC.  Print coverage: USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Dallas Morning News, plus numerous other local and national publications

Jan. 18 – Featured Guest Appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show, ‘America’s New Deadly Obsession’  TV interview coverage on numerous national and local media stations including  Good Morning America, WFAA, and other local and national stations  http://www.oprah.com/oprahshow/Why-Your-Car-Should-Be-a-No-Phone-Zone-Video

Full Episode:  http://www.oprah.com/oprahshow/Watch-the-Full-Hour-Americas-New-Deadly-Obsession-Video

WFAA - http://www.wfaa.com/news/local/Grapevine-woman-speaks-out-on-distracted-driving-epidemic-103383924.html

Jan. 19 - Good Morning America

Feb. 18 – Press Conference with The Maryland Highway Safety Foundation & MD Governor O’Malley  Annapolis, MD

Feb. 18 – Testimony at the MD Senate Transportation Hearing

Mar. 15 – Presentation at Texas Safety Conference & Expo, The Woodlands, TX

Apr. 11-13 – Panel Presenter at Lifesavers Conference, Philadelphia, PA

Apr. 16 – Press Conference with Oklahoma Department of Transportation: Work Zone Awareness Week, Oklahoma City, OK

Apr. 30 – The Oprah Winfrey Show appearance at Washington, DC featured viewing rally with Gayle King for the ‘No Phone Zone’ episode with Sect. Ray LaHood, NHTSA Administrator David Strickland, NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman

May 3-5 – Panel Presentation at Intelligent Transportation Society of America Annual Conference with NHTSA Administrator David Strickland, Houston, TX

May 4 – Presentation at Houston-Galveston Area Regional Safety Council meeting, Houston, TX

May 4 – Testimony at Texas Senate Transportation Committee Meeting, Houston, TX

May 19 – Press Conference at United Nations for the Global Call to End Distracted Driving with UN Sect. General Ban Ki-Moon, US Ambassador Susan Rice, Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin, and US DOT Sect. Ray LaHood, New York, NY  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGJBu2hx0AM

May 26 – Huffington Post editorial  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jennifer-l-smith/on-the-serious-and-preven_b_590796.html

Jul 7 – Press Conference Dept. of Transportation regarding lobbying efforts against distracted driving efforts with Sect. Ray LaHood, Washington, DC

Aug. 20 – Guest on Larry King Live, CNN

Aug. 28 – Presentation at National Charity League mother/daughter event, Rockwall, TX

Sept. 16 – Presentation at iZup Technology Solution Test Drive with teens & parents, Arlington, VA

Sept. 21 – Featured Speaker (closing remarks) at the 2nd Annual US Dept. of Transportation National Distracted Driving Summit, Washington, DC

Sept. 21 – Press Conference with victim’s families at the 2nd National Distracted Driving Summit with Sect. Ray LaHood, Washington, DC

Sept. 26-29 – Participation in the Governor’s Highway Safety Association Annual Conference, Kansas City, MO

Oct. 4-5 – Presentations at neighborhood events to kick-off the Associa Safe Kids Campaign & appearance on Good Morning Texas, Dallas, TX

Nov. 16-17 - NHTSA Law Enforcement National Conference, New Orleans, LA

Dec. 5 – 7 Presentations at Oak Park River Forest High School for driver’s education classes, Oak Park, IL

Dec. 17 -  Presentations at Oak Park River Forest HIgh Schools Drivers Education classes, Oak Park, IL

Dallas Morning News Profile, http://www.dallasnews.com/news/community-news/colleyville/colleyville-grapevine-southlake-headlines/20101016-Fight-against-distracted-driving-turns-former-7187.ece

Finalist for Dallas Morning News Texan of the Year,  http://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/texan-of-the-year/headlines/20101216-editorial-texan-of-the-year-finalist-jennifer-smith.ece

Feature in film by Human Relations Media, ‘Dangers Behind the Wheel: The Facts About Distracted Driving’  http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=210620568973403

Television/Radio Coverage:  (not all appearances and coverage is listed)
FOXNews   5/1                  http://video.foxnews.com/v/4175276/oprahs-no-phone-zone
Boston Globe Editorial, Oct.3
LA Times, Oct. 3 
CBC Canada News with Mark Kelley, Oct. 4
Bloomberg, Oct.7
The Trucker, Nov. 2
Parade Magazine, Jun. 6
Chicago Sun Times – Automotive Safety Report, Jun.   pg.4  http://www2.digitalchicago.com/a/mediaplanet/automotivesafety/CST%20AutoSafety%20FINALsmO.pdf
News10 Sacramento, Apr. 7
CBS News
USA Today
CNN     1/12, 7/20                                                                             NBC News    1/15
ABC News – Good Morning America   1/19                           CSPAN   9/21
PBS News Hour with Jim Lehrer http://www.pbs.org/newshour/video/module.html?mod=0&pkg=30092009&seg=6
WUSA 9- DC                                                                         WFAA-ABC TX      9/20, 9/22        
CBS11-TX                                                                              Fox – Chicago   10/10
NPR   1/12                                                                            850 KOA-CO   
Wisconsin Public Radio, live call in show:   Apr, May, 10/28
KUHF – Houston Public Radio:   June                                KDFW – Fox4 TX 
KFWB News Talk 980 – CA                                                  News9/News6  - OK
ABC7 – Chicago   5/7, 7/15                                                 CBC- CA   5/20
News10 – Sacramento                                                        MyFOX – DC    9/17
WABC-NY   9/19                                                                   KCSN-FM  CA    March
KTCO FM- Duluth, MN   May                                              News World TV – CBC CA   10/5

Print Coverage: (Not all appearances and coverage listed)
NY Times    1/12, 11/10                                                       Washington Post    1/12, 7/7
USA Today   1/10                                                                 Huffington Post/ blog   5/27
Boston Globe / Letter to the Editor   10/3                        Associated Press
LA Times   1/13, 10/3                                                           Wall Street Journal   1/10
Bloomberg News                                                  Chicago Sun Times – Auto Safety Report
The Dallas Morning News   1/12, 4/30, May, June, 10/17, 12/16
Chicago Tribune – Safety Report                                         Consumer Reports   9/20
Chicago Sun Times   9/20                                                      MSN Health & Fitness   9/24
Working Mother Magazine   8/17                                       Chronicle of Philanthropy 2/25
Dallas / Ft. Worth Child Magazine   4/28 http://www.fortworthchild.com/showarticle.asp?artid=788
Yahoo News                                                                           Insurancequotes.com   10/15
Sunshine State News   4/29                                                Asheville-Citizen Times NC  5/16
Arkansas Times   5/20                                                            Times Herald Record   8/1
Naples Daily News   8/8                                                         Roanoke Times   8/29
San Jose Mercury News   9/26                                              Delmarva Daily Times  
Insurancenewsnet.com   5/1                                                 Examiner.com   5/3
TX-CN.com   5/6                                                                      People’s Daily Online   

March – KOCO-OK news coverage of sentencing hearing of driver

March – The Daily Oklahoman coverage of driver sentencing

March – Filmed National Safety Council PSA ‘Death By Cell Phone’  which became a national billboard campaign in 67 markets across the US

May 1 – CarTalk.com Featured profile

July 19 – NY Times Pulitzer Prize winning series feature lead story in ‘Driven to Distraction’ entitled, ‘Drivers and Legislators Dismiss Cellphone Risks’  by Matt Richtel http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/19/technology/19distracted.html?adxnnl=1&adxnnlx=1311210379-aEhpQ1OMvxJrnsZwRweiew

July 20-25 - KWTV-News 9 Oklahoma City & News 6 Tulsa weeklong feature series, ‘Driving While Intexticated’ Oklahomans Caught Driving and Texting  http://www.news9.com/category/116601/video-page?clipId=3972675&autostart=true     Death By Cell Phone 

Death By Cell Phone 

Cell Phone Causes Fatal Accident  

Oklahoma Legislators and Laws

Technology to Prevent  

Sept. 30 – Oct. 1 - US Department of Transportation National Distracted Driving Summit special guest of Secretary Ray LaHood as a victim advocate (print & TV coverage noted below)

Sept. 30 US DOT Victim Advocate Press Conference with Sect. Ray LaHood

Sept. 3 – KWTV OK, News 9(OKC) News6(Tulsa) live interview at state capitol for 1 year anniversary of crash

Oct. – Testimony at the Oklahoma House Interim Study on Distracted Driving

Nov. – NPR Radio interview with Nate DiMeo ‘Waging War on Distracted Driving’  http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=120778418

Nov. 5 – Featured in Christian Science Monitor  http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/2009/1105/p25s07-usgn.html

Nov. – Participation in the FCC Workshop on distracted driving technologies & education solutions

Print Media Coverage:
Washington Post                            NY Times
The Daily Oklahoman                     Los Angeles Times          
The Dallas Morning News              Associated Press
Fort Worth Star Telegram               Huffington Post
Television Media Coverage:
Fox25 – OK                         NBC5 – TX                           CNN
KOCO – OK                         Minnesota Post
Associated Press  http://www.joplinglobe.com/statenews/x546214834/Oklahoma-Panel-studies-texting-and-driving-rules
KDAF/CW33 – TX  http://www.the33tv.com/news/kdaf-texting-summit-story,0,5820269.story
KTVT – OK                           NBC News                           KTNV-ABC
WFAA – TX                          KTSP-TV                               WHAM-13
CBS Evening News  http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/10/03/eveningnews/main5361508.shtml

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