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

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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