Jennifer L. Smith has been an advocate against distracted driving since her mother was killed by someone talking on his cell phone while driving in 2008. She is the President and a co-founding board member of FocusDriven -- Advocates for Cell-Free Driving. FocusDriven is the first national nonprofit organization devoted specifically to raising awareness about the dangers of distracted driving.
FocusDriven is a direct outgrowth of the September 2009 National Distracted Driving Summit in Washington, D.C., called by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. Since then family members of distracted driving victims have worked to establish an advocacy organization with support from the Department of Transportation and National Safety Council (NSC). Jennifer and FocusDriven have also worked closely with Oprah Winfrey on her No Phone Zone Campaign, appearing on her episode, ‘America’s New Deadly Obsession’ in January of 2009 and at the viewing rally for the April 30 No Phone Zone Day in Washington, D.C., hosted by Gayle King. FocusDriven’s website, focusdriven.org, hosts information on distracted driving, help for victims and family members, and ways to get involved.