Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, David Strickland, to be Keynote Speaker at Fisher College Distracted Driving Event

Posted On: 5/21/2013 4:00 PM

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(BOSTON, MA l March 28, 2013) – In honor of April being Distracted Driving Awareness Month, Fisher College is pleased to announce that it will host its first Distracted Driving event featuring keynote speaker David Strickland, Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on Wednesday, April 3 at 12:30pm in Alumni Hall, 116 Beacon Street, Boston.

As the country's top automotive safety official, Mr. Strickland is committed to supporting NHTSA's longstanding mission of reducing crash-related injuries and fatalities while ensuring the highest standards of safety on the nation's roadways. His support of Fisher College's Transportation Safety Initiative is an honor, and the College believes that it will increase the overall impact of the initiative.

The Distracted Driving event will also include speeches from Emily Stein, whose father was killed by a teen distracted driver, and Saba Hashem, a member of the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys (MATA) Board of Governors and Executive Committee.  He will present an End Distracted Driving program that was created by a fellow trial lawyer, Joel Feldman, whose daughter Casey was killed by a distracted driver.

Fisher College's Transportation Safety Initiative, which will be kicked-off by the Distracted Driving event on April 3, will work to educate students on the dangers of distracted driving and safe driving practices that can save lives. Fisher College's President Dr. Thomas M. McGovern has extensive experience in research-based highway safety programs and administration, and utilized his highway safety experience to launch the College's Transportation Safety Initiative. As the former Governor's Representative (GR) for Highway Safety and Executive Director of the Massachusetts Governor's Highway Safety Bureau (GHSB), President McGovern was able to develop an initiative that will work to create a safer environment throughout the campus and community.

Fisher College is also a member of the Bacchus Network, an organization dedicated to building skills in student leaders to address campus health and safety issues. Together, Fisher College and The Bacchus Network will sponsor the Distracted Driving event.

"We are thrilled to welcome Administrator Strickland as the keynote speaker at our event to launch our new Transportation Safety Initiative," states Dr. Thomas M. McGovern, President of Fisher College. "His experience and influence will surely enhance the impact of this program, and we are honored to have his support. As President of Fisher College, I place a great deal of importance on the safety of our students, faculty, and staff. Through the Transportation Safety Initiative, it is our hope that we can spread the word about the dangers of distracted driving and encourage drivers everywhere to engage in safe driving practices when behind the wheel."

About David Strickland

Since being sworn into office on January 4, 2010, Mr. Strickland has overseen the development of the first national fuel efficiency program, helped establish ejection mitigation requirements for automakers, and brought national public focus to child passenger safety issues including the threat of heat stroke from hot cars and back-over deaths and injuries. Mr. Strickland oversees the broad range of vehicle safety and policymaking programs under NHTSA's jurisdiction — including setting vehicle safety standards, investigating possible safety defects, and tracking safety-related recalls; establishing and enforcing regulations on fuel economy; investigating odometer fraud and publishing vehicle theft data. For more information, visit

For more information on NHTSA's distracted driving program visit


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