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Shreya Dixit

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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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

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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

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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Commentary: The Distraction-Free Clubs in Minnesota: Part 1

I remember my teen years when I often would find myself in situations where it was difficult to challenge the norm in the midst of peers. Sometimes it was to protect my ego, and other times to avoid hurting a dear friend. I would rather go with the flow and do things that were totally against my wish.

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Distracted Driving: IED of the Brain

The deadly battlefield device called Improvised Explosive Device (IED) has become part of our day-to-day vocabulary, thanks to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. It struck me that distracted driving, a human behavior, somehow demonstrates traits of an IED, a physical object. The more I thought about it, the more convincing it got.

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Conquer Driver Distraction through Peer-to-Peer Education

Driver distractions originate from multiple sources that reside both inside and outside of the car. These distractions cannot be managed through a single solution or tool. We need a multipronged approach to influence how we drive. I see the evolution of this approach already taking place on three fronts, namely: Technology, Legislation and Education.

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Rhode Island Takes lead on Distracted Driving Law

The state house and senate have passed bills which will require driver’s education classes in Rhode Island to include instruction and testing on the issue of distracted driving.

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