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A Very Successful Raksha Walk 2017

August 8, 2017

Shreya R. Dixit Memorial Foundation had a very successful 10th Raksha 5K Distraction-free Driving event with corporate executives and more than 250 runners and walkers participating. Richard Anderson, Former CEO of Delta and newly appointed CEO of Amtrak was the chief guest. Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton proclaimed the day of the event as Distraction-free Driving Day in the state.

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Distraction Free Driving Day 2017

Governor Mark Dayton proclaims August 5 distraction free driving day in Minnesota.

August 4, 2017

Every year our foundation works to bring awareness and effective change to driving behavior. Having the Day of the Raksha walk proclaimed distraction free driving day by Governor of Minnesota is a special recognition of both the continued work that is needed and the work that has been done. This year is the 10th anniversary and makes this proclamation as important as ever.

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A Special Kick-Off Observing Ten Years of Shreya R. Dixit Memorial Foundation

July 28, 2017

This year’s Raksha 5KRun/Walk for Distraction-free Driving on August 5 started a year of special events marking the 10 year milestones for the Foundation. Running up to the August 5 event, an activity was organized by the Foundation’s Distraction-free Driving Club and the DECA Team at the Eden Prairie High School.

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Transportation pioneer Richard Anderson to be the special guest at the 10th Raksha 5K Run/Walk for Distraction-free Driving

July 28, 2017

This year’s Raksha event scheduled for Saturday, August 5th will feature a very special guest speaker, the former Delta Airlines CEO and recently appointed Amtrak CEO Richard Anderson. No stranger to transportation and safety issues, Mr. Anderson is proud to lend his support to this year’s event.

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A Hands-free Law in Minnesota-Round 2

July 28, 2017

According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), each day in the United States, 9 traffic fatalities and 1,000 injuries occur in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver. Data shows that electronic devices like cell phones distract drivers the most, any additional non-driving activities by a driver cumulatively increase cognitive impairment.

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Vijay Dixit and Col. Matt Langer talk distracted driving with Tom Weber on MPR

June 13, 2017

Raising awareness about the epidemic of distracted driving with real life stories, and discussing potential solutions and challenges.

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Teens leading by example: The peer-to-peer approach to driving distraction-free

May 4, 2017

Last year, with help from the Dixit Foundation, three high schools in the Twin Cities area started distraction-free driving clubs. This year there were a total of four, and another two are interested in forming clubs next year.

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Watch our new Public Service Announcement

April 30, 2017

The Shreya Dixit Memorial Foundation sponsors PSA competitions to raise awareness about the problem of distracted driving.

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Shreya R. Dixit Memorial Foundation Inspired Distracted Driving Story Wins Midwest Emmy

April 19, 2017

KARE 11 TV received a regional Midwest Emmy award in the fall of 2016 for a series of stories that offered the compelling and tragic truth of texting and driving behavior.

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Southwest Magazine: Eden Prairie’s Vijay Dixit Wants to End Distracted Driving

October 17, 2016

Southwest Magazine profile on Vijay Dixit and the Shreya Dixit Memorial Foundation.

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9th Raksha Walk/5K Run & Vigil for Distraction-free Driving: A Big Draw

August 10, 2016

More than 200 runners and walkers participated in the event organized by Shreya R. Dixit Memorial Foundation on Saturday August 6 in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. The annual gathering remembers those who have lost their lives to driver distraction.

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Governor Dayton’s Proclamation

August 2, 2016
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5 reasons to attend the Raksha Walk

July 23, 2016

Vijay Dixit, chairman of the Shreya Dixit Memorial Foundation’s board, provides five reasons to attend the Raksha 5K Walk/Run for Distraction-Free Driving on August 6, 2016 in Eden Prairie, MN.

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August 6, 2016: 9th Annual Raksha Distraction-free Driving 5K Walk/Run

June 28, 2016

Join us for the 9th Annual Raksha 5k Walk / Run for Distraction-Free Driving at Purgatory Creek Recreation Area · 13001 Technology Drive · Eden Prairie, MN, on Staurday August 6. With Special Guest, Col. Matt Langer · Chief, Minnesota State Highway Patrol

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Mom shares pain of teen drunk driving

May 6, 2016

Prom and graduation season are the busiest time of year for Mothers Against Drunk Driving, as the group works to educate families about the dangers of teen alcohol consumption and what can happen afterwards.

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Senator Klobuchar Discusses Distracted Driving with Minnesota Students, Safety Leaders, and Impacted Families

May 4, 2016

On Thursday, May 5, 2016, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar joined with Minnesota high school students, safety leaders, researchers, and Vijay Dixit, a leading distraction-free driving advocate, to highlight the dangers of distracted driving.

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Eden Prairie dad’s book honors daughter he lost to distracted driving – Pioneer Press

May 4, 2016

“My daughter, Shreya, was in a car,” says Vijay Dixit of Eden Prairie. “She was the front-seat passenger in a car. She was a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, coming home for the weekend.

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Diana Pierce interviews Vijay Dixit on her KARE11 show about his book ONE SPLIT SECOND

April 13, 2016

Insightful discussion with a grieving but resolute father seeks to change the current driving culture with his book, ONE SPLIT SECOND.

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NSC Finds Loved Ones – Not Friends or Work – Pressure Us Most to Drive Distracted

April 11, 2016

Today the National Safety Council released survey results showing 82% of Americans feel the most pressure from their families to drive distracted.

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Vijay Dixit discusses his book ONE SPLIT SECOND on NBC/KARE11

March 31, 2016

As National Distracted Driving Awareness Month begins in April, a Twin Cities father released a book detailing his research on how to fix the epidemic.

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HELLO! Drivers-in-training! Check this out – ‘The Distraction-Free Driver’

January 18, 2016

A Free e-Training Tool imbedded with the MOOC technology. It will help you conquer driver distractions. (Experienced drivers are welcome to join!)

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Distracted Driving Featured on the Mary Hanson Show

December 29, 2014

Mary Hanson spoke with Vijay Dixit, Founder of the Shreya R. Dixit Memorial Foundation and Frank Hornstein, MN State Representative and Chairman of the Minnesota House Transportation Committee, about distracted driving.

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Hello Parents! Get Ready for Your Own Driver-Ed Class

December 28, 2014

There are new requirements for the Graduated Driver Licensing Law for teens under 18. To get a provisional license for the teen, one of the parents need to attend a parent awareness class to be offered by the driver education program.

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Changes to Graduated Driver Licensing Law for Teens

December 28, 2014

Starting January 1, 2015, there are new requirements to get a provisional license if the teen is under 18. Teens must provide a supervised driving log when taking their driving test that’s signed by a parent.

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