Northwestern University

Sep
18
Mon 12:00 PM

Hang Up and Drive: Presented by Jacy Good and Steve Johnston

When: Monday, September 18, 2017
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM  

Where: Levy Mayer Hall, Lincoln Hall (LM104), 357 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public

Contact: Tom Reeder   312.503.3343

Group: Feinberg School of Medicine Events

Category: Academic

Description:

Event Description
Nationally recognized speakers/advocates against Distracted Driving.
12:10-1:00 PM

 

OUR STORY:
We met the day in August 2004 that we both moved into a dorm as freshman at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. A short three weeks later we shared our first kiss and the rest is, as they say, history. After 3½ fantastic years together we approached our May 2008 graduation day ready for “real life” to begin.

Hours after receiving our diplomas we were thrust into a world of terror, uncertainty, and overwhelming sadness. About halfway back to her childhood home in Lancaster, PA the car carrying Jacy and her parents was struck head-on by a tractor-trailer as both entered an intersection with green lights. The truck had swerved to try to avoid a man coming from the intersecting road who attempted to turn left through a red light. That man was talking on his phone at the time.

Less than a year after that life-altering tragedy Jacy began to campaign for a cell phone ban in her native Pennsylvania. This unexpectedly triggered an avalanche of interview requests and public appearances and since April 2010 Jacy has been on The Oprah Winfrey Show, a guest of Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon at the United Nations, a “Hero Among Us” in People Magazine, a speaker at Maria Shriver’s Women’s Conference, on NPR’s Car Talk, and been featured in dozens of articles, television news pieces, and press conferences nationwide. You may also have seen her on TLC’s Say Yes To The Dress. Most recently Jacy was profiled on CNN’s The Human Factor.

It was early in this amazing journey that we realized our story could impact and potentially save lives and since 2011 we have spoken at over 750 events across the country to well over 200,000 people, encouraging the public to make safer choices, companies to develop and enforce cell phone policies, and legislators to put in place the necessary laws to protect the public.

We look forward to sharing our story with you.

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