Road Safety Luncheon: An Open Discussion About Distracted Driving

Larissa Thompson | Contributor

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APRIL, 2017

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The Collegiate Life Investment Foundation in partnership with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, in honor of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, shines light on the growing issues surrounding distracted driving and traffic safety in the Mid-South and the innovative approaches to engage successful programs throughout the Mid-South.

Here in the Memphis, and surrounding areas, there are several programs and initiatives at the forefront of road safety awareness, and Memphis continues to forge the way in new approaches to address new traffic safety issues. At the Traffic Safety Luncheon, please join the conversation regarding the impact road safety issues are having on Mid-South highways and throughout the community. We will hear from the progressive minds of experts on various topics of road safety, law enforcement, and legislators who bring public policy surrounding the issues to the forefront.

Jason Ivey, Deputy Director of Tennessee Highway Safety Office, will moderate a panel conversation with:

Jennifer Smith has been an advocate against distracted driving since her mother was killed by a person talking on his cell phone while driving in 2008. She is a mother of two daughters and works every day to educate the public about the dangers of cell phone use while driving as well as working with families who have lost loved ones in distracted driving tragedies. Jennifer finds a way to turn their tragedies into action by sharing their stories to save others from the same needless crashes through her non-profit organizations,

Jennifer worked closely with Oprah Winfrey on her No Phone Zone Campaign appearing on her first episode. Jennifer has become one of the nation’s experts on the dangers of distracted driving. She has also appeared on Fox News, CNN , and many other major network shows including appearing on The Today Show, Larry King, and ABC 20/20. Jennifer also serve as the Speaker’s Bureau Chief for the AT&T It Can Wait campaign which allows victims and their families the opportunity to share their personal stories in order to prevent further distracted driving tragedies. Her organization also has partnered with the National Transportation Safety Board on their 1st & 2nd round-table discussions on distracted driving in March of 2015 and upcoming in April 2017. Jennifer has been recognized by the Department of Transportation as a Woman in Transportation History for her work over the years.

In 2014, at 36, Lee Harris was elected to the State Senate, becoming the youngest senator in the state of Tennessee. He was selected by other Democratic senators as Senate Minority Leader, making him one of the youngest senate leaders in the country, one of only a handful of African American legislative leaders in the state, and the first African American leader in the state of Tennessee. Prior to the 2014 election, Harris served on the Memphis City Council. Senator Harris works as a tenured full professor of law at the University of Memphis Law School. He is the only African-American to achieve that rank in the history of the Law School. He is a proud product of the Memphis City Schools (Alcy Elementary, John P. Freeman Middle, and Overton High). He earned his undergraduate degree from Morehouse and his law degree from Yale. Lee is married to Professor Alena Allen. They have two children, Lee Allen Harris (11) and Claudia Harris (8).

John Paul Shaffer, AICP is executive director of BLDG Memphis (formerly Community Development Council of Greater Memphis). BLDG Memphis (Build – Live – Develop – Grow) is a coalition for organizations and individuals who support the development and redevelopment of healthy, vibrant, attractive, and economically sustainable neighborhoods throughout the Memphis region. We accomplish this through capacity building for community development corporations, public policy and advocacy, and increased community engagement. John Paul currently serves as board chair of Bike Walk Tennessee and is board secretary of Explore Bike Share , the organization working to bring bike share to Memphis, TN. He holds a BA from the University of New Orleans and a Masters in City and Regional Planning from the University of Memphis. He is a native Memphian who has also lived in New Orleans and the Los Angeles area.

Anthony Berryhill is the Chief of Police at University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, TN. He graduated from Carver High in 1977. Berryhill elected to join the Armed Services where he served 7 years active and 3 years reserve with the U.S. Army. In 1984, Berryhill joined the ranks of the Memphis Police Department. Berryhill retired in December 2015 at the rank of Deputy Director with nearly 32 years of continued service. Chief Berryhill graduated from Bethel University in McKenzie TN. where he majored in Organizational Management. He has been married to his wife, Toni for 35 years and has two sons. Berryhill’s professionalism and personal life style is predicated on a quote which states “Respect and Trust is easier maintained than regained.”

Annual Traffic Safety Luncheon
“Why Are We Willing to Risk It All?
An Open Discussion About Distracted Driving
April 28, 2017, Noon to 2:00pm
Student Alumni Center, 800 Madison Avenue | Table (of 8) $250

This event is proudly sponsored by: FedEx Corporation

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