WE ARE TRANSFORMING THE DRIVING CULTURE.

A Message from Vijay Dixit, Chairman of The Shreya R. Dixit Memorial Foundation: Thank You Participants of the Raksha Walk!

Photos from the Virtual Raksha Walk, August 1st 2020

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STUDENTS FOR SAFER STREETS

Our 2020 Interns advocate for a Distraction-Free Life

Marketing Team

Our distraction-free driving marketing team promotes the cause on 4 levels: The Problem, The Legal Aspect, Personal Stories, and Prevention.

Raksha Walk Team

The Raksha Walk marketing team works to improve your involvement in Shreya R. Dixit Memorial Foundation.

Video/Visual Team

The Video/Visual internship team curates our animations, videos, and graphics to amplify the reach of out campaigning.

Writing Committee

Our Writing Committee publishes informative, enticing stories about distracted driving.

Check out these Distracted Driving PSA videos from our interns!

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Distracted Driving News

What are the different types of distracted driving?

July 30, 2020

Written by Jacqueline Jobin, Devna Panda, and Harini Senthilkumar   Since we live in a world filled with constant text messages, social media posts, and communications, distractions surround us. Even when we buckle up in our car, the outside world tempts our minds and eyes to wander from what’s ahead. This type of behavior can lead to distracted driving. The DMV defines distracted driving as “driving while not fully paying attention to the road.” This type of driving is dangerous…

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How can you, individually, take action against driving?

July 30, 2020

Written by Jacqueline Jobin, Harini Senthilkumar, and Devna Panda Getting behind the wheel in and of itself can be an incredibly intimidating task for inexperienced drivers. There is a seemingly endless list of guidelines for safe driving that constantly run through novices’ minds, and the list must continue to do so even after they become comfortable with driving.    As if those regulations weren’t enough to keep track of, driver distraction accounts for more than 58% of teen crashes in…

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If your family or friends are driving distracted what can you do to stop them?

July 30, 2020

Written by Jacqueline Jobin, Harini Senthilkumar, and Devna Panda Practicing safe driving is critical for everyone that enters a vehicle. On our daily commutes, we share the road with other drivers, and therefore, we have a responsibility to drive safely. Sometimes it’s easy to spot other drivers on the road doing things that are unsafe like eating and drinking, talking on the phone, texting, falling asleep, or even speeding. These actions might make us wonder how the careless driver got…

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Distracted Driving in the Age of COVID-19

May 30, 2020

The year 2020 dawned with a severe hit by the ever-powerful tsunami of COVID-19. Now, no day goes by without a deluge of scary reports in daily newspapers, TV and radio describing in graphic details, the devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. So, it was not surprising that I found myself struggling as I sat down to write my column for April. I was experiencing a discouragingly huge mental block. What really bothered me was that I was having difficulty…

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The Hands Free Law Has Teeth

February 25, 2020

Minnesota Department of Public Safety released data on how the new hands-free law in Minnesota has performed since it went into effect on Aug. 1, 2019. As of Dec. 31, 2019, that is in five months, a total of 9,727 drivers received citations for violating the law. That amounts to little over 60 a day. It is disheartening to see 60 individuals every day in the state refusing to respect law of the land. Please know that Minnesota does not…

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Every year over 400,000 people in the US are injured or killed in distracted driving car crashes. 100% of these injuries and deaths are perventable. So before you put the car in drive, stow away your phone and make sure you're driving distraction free.

Shout out to our summer interns for developing and creating this video!

#distractionfreeforlife #itcanwait #safedriving #enddistracteddriving #saferoads #studentsforsaferoads #shreyadixitfoundation
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Stop driving distracted, it could save lives.

Special thank you to Siddharth Gupta and our internship team who created this animation. 💛

If you’re looking to get involved with a student organization to help end distracted driving, apply for the Distraction Free Life Club! Open to all high schoolers who want to make a difference in their communities and change the driving culture. Applications will be closing soon, so apply today at www.shreyadixit.org
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2 weeks ago  ·  

Check out our new podcast: The Distraction Free Life Podcast hosted by Iesh Gujral 🎧

From personal stories to legislation that is changing the laws, The Distraction Free Life Podcast is your place to get the best information and analysis directly from experts & those personally affected by distracted driving.

Tune into our first episode with Colonel Matt Langer, where he discusses how state troopers pursue distracted driving citations, the impacts and shortcomings of the Hand's Free Law, and Distracted Driving during COVID-19. Search 'Distraction Free Life Podcast' on Apple Podcasts, or head to this link to listen.
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/distraction-free-life-podcast/id1522046535
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Statistics show that 16 and 17-year-old driver death rates increase with each additional passenger in the vehicle. It's best to avoid driving with passengers in the car if you can, but we know that it's not totally avoidable.

So, you're in the car on the way to school and you want to be a "good" passenger who mitigates the chance of the driver being distracted. What can you do?

1. Offer to hold the phone and navigate with GPS.
2. Offer to hold the phone & choose the music.
3. Call out the driver if they are engaging in distracting behavior

On the other hand, what does a distracting passenger look like?

1. Pointing at landmarks or other things outside of the car. Redirecting the driver’s attention away from the road

2. Not speaking up when the driver is engaging in distracting behavior

3. Initiating an intense conversation - this creates a cognitive distraction for the driver

Comment below with some more examples of what being a "good passenger" and being a "distracting passenger" looks like!

References: Newcomb, Doug. "The Staggering Cost of Teen Driving." MSN Autos.
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3 weeks ago  ·  

When someone honks behind you, don’t just blindly react by reflexively moving forward. Uphold your right to take the time to properly assess the situation and watch for people, traffic, and other road users at all times, every time. #roadsafety #safetyfirst

OSHP launches distracted driving initiative http://reviewtimes.com/go/cab4f5b65be5 #EndDistractedDriving

COLUMN: Peer-to-peer influence at work https://www.hometownsource.com/sun_sailor/free/column-peer-to-peer-influence-at-work/article_759b1fa6-eed5-11ea-9e16-97dae6fb89cc.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=user-share #EndDistractedDriving

Applications are open for all High Schoolers to join the Distraction Free Life Club! Head to https://www.shreyadixit.org to join.

Texting and driving crackdown begins Tuesday https://bismarcktribune.com/news/state-and-regional/texting-and-driving-crackdown-begins-tuesday/article_7b3638db-19bb-593a-9152-3ce225ccb879.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=user-share via @bistrib

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