Otterbein University will host the first public presentation of Maria's Message, an initiative to end distracted driving.

Otterbein University will host the first public presentation of Maria's Message, an initiative to end distracted driving.

The event will be held at 7:30 p.m. April 27 in Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Tickets are free, but seating is limited. To register, go to 10tv.com/mariasmessage.

WBNS-10TV's Dom Tiberi, Jerry Revish and Kristyn Hartman and special guests will participate in the interactive presentation.

Tiberi will talk about Maria's Message, which is named in memory of his 21-year-old daughter, who died in a car accident in September 2013. Since then, he has taken the Maria's Message program to dozens of schools around central Ohio to educate teenagers about the dangers of distracted driving.

Westerville police will discuss distracted driving, improving defensive-driving skills and new technology to help keep drivers safe on the roads.

Attendees also will be able to take the Maria's Message pledge and practice on a driving simulator.