Distracted driving talk Sept. 26 at Boys & Girls Club

LACONIA — On Thursday, September 26 nationally-recognized Distracted Driving Speaker Jennifer Smith will lead a discussion on the risks of talking or texting while driving. The discussion will begin at 7 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club in Laconia (719 North Main Street).

Jennifer Smith has been an advocate against distracted driving since 2008 when her mother was killed by a preoccupied driver talking on his cell phone. She now travels the country speaking at schools and giving public presentations on the dangers of cell phone use and driving.

Smith has worked closely with Oprah Winfrey on her No Phone Zone Campaign – appearing on her first episode 'American's New Deadly Obsession' in January, 2009. She has become one of the nation's experts on the dangers of distracted driving, also appearing on Fox News, CNN, Larry King Live, 20/20, and Rock Center. Smith also works with families who have lost a loved one by helping them to turn their senseless tragedies into constructive action.

Laconia Police Chief Chris Adams and Dr. Jean Petterson of the Laconia Clinic have collaborated to bring this important program to the Lakes Region.

"As a Pediatrician safety education is a very important focus. If we can make the public aware of how dangerous distracted driving is, we can save lives," explains Petterson. "No conversation is worth losing your life, or taking the life of another. Let your voicemail pick up your call, or pull over to talk. We hope Jennifer Smith's message will resonate to help keep everyone safe on the road."

"The evening with Jennifer Smith will be an opportunity to open a dialogue on talking and texting while driving," states Laconia Police Chief Chris Adams. "Distracted driving is a national epidemic that kills thousands each year. Our hope is to educate our friends and neighbors, encouraging them to hang up and drive, in order to save lives on our roadways."

For more information on the Hang Up & Drive presentation please call the Office of Public Relations & Marketing at LRGHealthcare at 527-2895 or visit www.jennifersmith-distracteddriving.com.