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Westchester Med Center Hosts Distracted-Driving Summit

Ben Lieberman, founder of Distracted Operators Risk Casualties, will serve as a panelist for the summit on distracted driving.
Ben Lieberman, founder of Distracted Operators Risk Casualties, will serve as a panelist for the summit on distracted driving. Photo Credit: Contributed

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Westchester Medical Center will serve as the venue for New York's first statewide distracted driving summit on Tuesday, May 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

It will be held Taylor Conference Center at Westchester Medical Center at 100 Woods Road, Valhalla.

AT&T,, Distracted Operators Risk Casualties and Westchester Medical Center are hosting the event.

The summit will bring together government officials, law enforcement, traffic safety experts, academics, media, not-for-profits and others to increase awareness of the dangers of distracted driving and facilitate more collaborative education and advocacy efforts that will help change behaviors and make roads in New York safer.

"People need to worry about the lives in their hands and not the phone in their hand," said Ben Lieberman, founder of Distracted Operator Risk Casualties.

A diverse lineup of panelists will answer the tough questions and provide real-world examples of what is working, what has been learned and what the next steps are to reduce the number of distracted-driving crashes.

Panelists will include Lieberman; Chuck DeWeese, assistant commissioner, Governor’s Office of Traffic Safety; Jennifer Smith, executive director,; Marissa Shorenstein, president, AT&T New York; Sgt. Anthony Mendez, Delaware State Police, Crash Investigation Unit; Joseph A. McCormack, chief of Vehicular Crimes Bureau, Bronx District Attorney’s Office; Kate Snow, national correspondent, NBC News; Lucia Sanchez, Office of Communication and Consumer Information, National Highway Transportation Administration, Washington; Terry Corcoran, criminal justice reporter, The Journal News; Joseph Bayer, doctoral candidate, University of Michigan department of communication studies; Thomas Louizou, regional administrator, U.S. Department of Transportation NHTSA Region 2; Paul Atchley, Ph.D., professor, department of psychology and dean’s project leader for online development, University of Kansas; and Deborah Becker, co-founder, Distracted Operators Risk Casualties.

For more information on the event, contact David Billig at by email at or by telephone at 493-8028 .

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