The Traffic Safety Community Has Lost an Advocate, Leader, Partner, and Friend

DRIVE SMART Virginia Executive Director Janet Brooking passed away
November 13, 2023, after a courageous fight with cancer. Janet led the
traffic safety nonprofit for nearly 20 years.

During her tenure, DRIVE SMART Virginia pioneered distracted driving
awareness, helping establish an annual Distracted Driving Awareness
Month in Virginia.

Janet tirelessly advocated for Virginia’s primary handheld phone ban which was passed by the General Assembly in 2020. Under her leadership, DRIVE SMART Virginia hosted 10 annual summits on distracted driving across the Commonwealth. The nonprofit group designed and implemented an innovative interactive teen driving program, educating tens of thousands of high school students about the dangers of distracted driving. DRIVE SMART Virginia also launched the Virginia Partners for Safe Driving, garnering a commitment from more than 250 diverse organizations, companies, and agencies
to promote traffic safety awareness.

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