Saturday, August 5

10th Raksha 5k Walk / Run for Distraction-Free Driving

Purgatory Creek Recreation Area · 13001 Technology Drive · Eden Prairie, Minnesota

SPECIAL MESSAGE

If you lost a loved one in a car crash, please let us know while registring by answering a special question on the registration form. This year in observance of the tenth anniversary, we are doing something very unique to remember your loved ones.

PLEASE JOIN US

On November 1, 2007 we lost Shreya to a Distracted Driver. We miss her dearly. We thank those who helped at that time and continue to support us in our resolve to build a distraction-free driving environment. - The Dixit Family

PROGRAM
  • 7:30 am Registration opens
  • 8:00 am 5K Run begins
  • 9:00 am Leaders recognized for their Distraction-free Driving Efforts:
    • Minnesota Department of Public Safety
    • Corporate executives for creating company-wide Distraction-free Driving workplace cultures
    • US & Minnesota Legislators
    • Minnesota Safety Council
    • AAA of Minneapolis
  • 10:00 am Distraction-free Driving Pledge
    Raksha Walk begins

How We are Transforming the Driving Culture

Education

  • e-Trainer / MOOC technology tool
  • Call to Action book: One Split Second by Vijay Dixit
  • Youth outreach talks at schools
  • Driver-ed programs

Actions

  • Distraction-free Driving Clubs
  • Public Service Announcement (PSA) videos
  • Presenting at conferences
  • Annual Raksha Protection Vigil and 5K Run/Walk for Distraction-free Driving

Incentives

  • Drivers Ed Stipends
  • Youth Outreach Internships
  • Media Interviews
  • Community Hour credits

Distracted Driving News

Vijay Dixit and Col. Matt Langer

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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teen distracted driving

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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driving with phone

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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Take Our Survey!

New Book

One Split Second

The Distracted Driving Epidemic
How It Kills and How We Can Fix It

One Split SecondThis new book by Vijay Dixit, of the Shreya R. Dixit Memorial Foundation, is a one-of-a-kind resource that brings together real-life stories, facts and figures, fascinating research about our behavior behind the wheel, and expert perspectives on how we can end the distraction epidemic. It is a book no driver can live without.

“A call to action, written with heart” -Senator Amy Klobuchar

One Split Second will be available for sale at the 10th Annual Raksha Walk on August 5. The author will be present to autograph the book.

Recent Blog Posts

Parents! Are You Endangering Your Teen Driver?

This week’s column builds on a story narrated by my friend Jennifer from Texas. Jennifer drove all the way from San Antonio, Texas to Eden Prairie, Minnesota just to attend our 7th Raksha Walk for Distraction-free Driving on August 2. By the way, I never met her before. Now, I call her a friend for life.

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Distracted Driving is a Multi-headed Animal

Not a day goes by without a newspaper or TV story announcing a fatality and/or injury caused by distracted driving. It is heartbreaking to see innocent lives lost due to an action that is easily avoidable.

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A Striking Resemblance: Batman and Raksha Walk, the Campaign for Distraction-free Driving

Our family was struck by a devastating tragedy and we resolved to find something good in it. One may term it strange, abnormal, weird, insane etc. etc. It is impossible for a family to lose a 19 year old child, in this case Shreya, and find something good in it? Why? I led the initiative to start the foundation in her name to combat distracted driving and felt like a higher calling pushing me from inside.

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Washington (Houston), we have a problem.

Senator Klobuchar noted that states, including Minnesota and North Dakota were unable to qualify for much needed federal dollars allocated for distracted driving and teen safety in past years.

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The 100 Deadliest Days

AAA, the esteemed automobile club calls the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day, the “100 Deadliest Days” of summer. It is fair to assume that distracted driving behaviors has contributed a good deal to the creation of this term.

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