September 21, 2010 – The daughter of an Illinois woman killed by a distracted driver has launched an advocacy group to push for tougher restrictions on the use of cell phones while driving. According to a report at the Chicago Sun-Times, Jennifer Smith of Oak Park launched FocusDriven after her mother, 61-year-old Barbara Doyle, was killed in a car accident in 2008.Smith’s mother died when her car was hit by a distracted driver in Oklahoma. The driver, who had run a red light, was talking on his cell phone when the fatal accident occurred. Together with Judy and David Teater, the parents of a young child who was also killed by a distracted driver, Smith launched FocusDriven. The group hopes to ban the use of cell phones while driving, even if the driver is using a hands-free device.Jennifer Smith says that hands-free devices are not any safer than holding a cell phone in your hand, as your mind is still distracted. Representatives from FocusDriven have met with lawmakers and celebrities, including Oprah Winfrey, to get out the message that driving with a cell phone can be just as dangerous as driving while intoxicated.