BAYONNE, NJ - An idea that started as a poster contest has grown into a full-fledged exhibit on the dangers of impaired and distracted driving at the Bayonne Public Library.

Mayor Jimmy Davis and Library Director JP Pocaro announced that the exhibit will open with a reception on Thursday, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., and be open during regular library hours on Friday, April 5 and Saturday, April 6.

Speaking to TAPinto Bayonne, Pam O’Donnell, who through her Catch You Later Foundation, established after the tragic death of her husband, Tim, and young daughter, Bridget, at the hands of a driver who was under the influence of drugs, said that the whole event has become “something much larger” than she could have ever imagined.

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O’Donnell credited the Bayonne Police Department, staff at Bayonne High School, as well as Mayor Davis and Council President Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski, for working to make this event a true partnership, and something, she believes, is going to be impactful.

“We are going to keep the conversation going,” O’Donnell said optimistically. If there’s any hope of stopping people from driving when they shouldn’t be, or not paying attention while behind the wheel, she added, “we have to keep talking.”

Senator Sandra Cunningham, Assemblyman Nicholas Chiaravalloti, Assemblywoman Angela McKnight, and BCB Bank are also sponsors of the exhibit.