U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and National Safety Council President Janet Froetscher have announced the creation of the first ever national non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness of the dangers of distracted driving: a program known as FocusDriven.
FocusDriven was created out of the September 2009 National Distracted Driving Summit in Washington, D.C., led by Secretary LaHood. The organization will be headed up by Jennifer Smith, an advocate against distracted driving who lost her mother in 2008 when a driver talking on a cell phone struck and killed her.
Since the summit, family members have been working together with the DOT and the National Safety Council to form the advocacy group, which plans to use leadership, research, and education to prevent injuries and save lives.
Modeled after the success of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), FocusDriven hopes to also provide support for victims of distracted driving, which has become an ever-increasing problem on America’s roads.
FocusDriven’s new website, http://www.focusdriven.org, hosts information on distracted driving, help for victims and family members and ways to get involved. Visitors can also make donations to support the non-profit organization.
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