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The City of Broken Arrow and Broken Arrow Public Schools are raising awareness of distracted driving by installing “Drop It & Drive” signs in school zones throughout the community. City employees will install the signs before school starts in mid-August.
City and school officials will announce the partnership on Wednesday, July 26 at 9:30 a.m. in front of Broken Arrow High School, 1901 E. Albany Street.
Broken Arrow now joins other local communities and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) in the effort to curb distracted driving.
Gail Lambert created the signs in memory of her daughter, Bobbi White, a Broken Arrow High School graduate and Owasso teacher. White died last year, after a driver rear-ended her in a construction zone on U.S. 169. The driver, Scott Alan Smith, was charged with manslaughter last year and pleaded guilty on June 26, 2017. His sentencing is scheduled for Friday, July 28.
“Students and distracted driving were big concerns to my daughter,” Lambert said. “I felt I had to take action to make sure nobody else loses a loved over something that could’ve been prevented.”
She said many schools have volunteered to join the partnership, along with 43 cities in Oklahoma.
“People are ready for a change,” Lambert said.
WHAT: Announcement of Drop It & Drive signs in Broken Arrow
WHEN: Wednesday, July 26 at 9:30 a.m.
WHERE: Broken Arrow High School, 1901 E. Albany Street