UA MPA Student Works to Reduce Distracted-Driving

March 12, 2018
photo of Brendan Lyons

Brendan Lyons


Brendan Lyons, a UA MPA student in the School of Government and Public Policy, was recently featured on Arizona 360, discussing the state of distracted driving. Arizona 360 is a weekly public affairs show on Arizona Public Media that offers analysis and context about issues that directly affect Arizonans.

Lyons is one of the main proponents for the recent bans on texting while driving. Lyons has been working to pass a statewide distracted driving law ever since he was laid up in a hospital bed in October 2013 after a motorist nearly ended his life, striking him at 45mph as he was bicycling.

Lyons aims to increase awareness about the growing epidemic and health crisis stemming from distracted driving. As a public speaker, Lyons shares his story of survival, overcoming obstacles, and making the most of life.

Lyons has served Southern Arizona as a career firefighter. Now, he is pursuing a Master's In Public Administration, while at the same time serving as the executive director for LOOK! Save A Life, a local nonprofit aimed at improving the safety and awareness of all who use our public roadsAdditionally, Lyons serves as an honorary commander at Davis Monthan Air-force Base assigned to the 25th Operational Weather Squadron.

Lyons has been named “Hometown Hero” by Davis Monthan Air Force Base and the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds. He was also honored as one of Tucson’s Top 40 Under 40 and was named the “Dedication-Recipient” and “Man-of-the-Year” for El Tour de Tucson.

Brendan Lyons is a great reminder for us all to "BEAR-DOWN!!" and to stay off our phone while driving.

Submitted by Diane Darling, graduate programs manager, School of Government and Public Policy