We've got exciting news on the Distracted Driving front this morning.
I want to thank the state legislators for passing those safety measures and Governors Dave Heineman (NE) and Steve Beshear (KY) for signing them into law. Welcome to the list, numbers 22 and 23!
Second, the Oprah Winfrey Show has set aside next Friday, April 30, as No Phone Zone Day, "a national day of awareness to end distracted driving."
The day will feature a live broadcast of Oprah's show. But this episode of "Oprah" will not just take place in her Chicago studio; it will also offer live segments from five other locations around the country.
One of those locations is our nation's capital, Washington, DC, and I am really looking forward to being on that live broadcast from the Newseum with Gayle King. We will be joined by DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier and--one of my heroes in this campaign to make our roads safer--Focus Driven's Jennifer Smith.
This live No Phone Zone event will also be celebrated in Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Los Angeles and Washington.
I'll have more details about show locations in those cities at a later date. If you're interested in attending a broadcast in one of those communities, information will be posted at Oprah's website and at WSB-TV channel 2 in Atlanta, WCVB-TV channel 5 in Boston, WXYZ channel 7 in Detroit, KABC channel 7 in Los Angeles, and WJLA channel 7 in Washington.
The show will encourage everyone to put down cell phones behind the wheel and talk about ways you can help stop distracted driving in your communities. We'll have a dialogue with victims' families, elected officials, advocacy organizations, parents, youth, and law enforcement. In addition, Oprah will unveil a new "No Phone Zone" public service announcement campaign.
This is an exciting moment in our efforts to make America's roads safer for everyone. I appreciate the resources Oprah and her team are devoting to ending this deadly epidemic, and I hope audiences across the US will tune in to hear this important broadcast.
In the meantime, you can learn more about the risks of distracted driving at distraction.gov.