The Friday, April 30, The Oprah Winfrey Show was a special live episode devoted to ending distracted driving. And the Teens Drive Smart team was in on the action in-person, live-tweeting and photographing the entire event!
Oprah became involved in the movement to end distracted driving early in 2010 with an episode she called “America’s New Deadly Obsession,” which ended with her imploring all people to make their vehicles safer by signing her No Phone Zone Pledge. The live April 30 event took the movement to the next level, with Oprah launching a new public service campaign and joining with some of the country’s preeminent transportation safety organizations to declare April 30 the first National No Phone Zone Day.
Teens Drive Smart rallied with host and friend-of-Oprah Gayle King, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier, local news anchor Leon Harris and others at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., one of five cities broadcasting live for the first-ever National No Phone Zone Day. Teens Drive Smart’s Angela Patterson Sikes and Kyle Butts even had a chance to briefly introduce TeensDriveSmart.com to Secretary LaHood.