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Join us for The 12th Raksha Vigil & 5K Run/Walk for Distraction-free Driving

Saturday August 10, 2019

Purgatory Creek Recreation Area

13001 Technology Drive,

Eden Prairie, Minnesota

8:30 am On Site Registration

Raksha Means Protection

The Hands Free Bill, signed into law by Governor Tim Walz, goes into affect on August 1, 2019. We will have experts in attendance to answer any questions you may have about the new law.

Let us celebrate Distraction-Free Driving.

Thank you to our Raksha Walk Sponsors!


Distracted Driving News

Distracted Driving Kills: Has a Track Record

July 17, 2019

Written by: VIJAY B. DIXIT, CHAIRMAN Do you agree with the above title? I do. Distracted Driving has been killing for a real-long time, though under different names. Also, impact of that tragedy does not ever fade away, it remains permanently etched in the memories of those left behind. To make my point I must tell you a story. Something terrible happened to a young boy named Jeff, many years ago. A group of kids started to drink, got into a…

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The New Hands-free Law Needs a New Village

July 2, 2019

Vijay b. Dixit, Chairman Shreya R. Dixit Memorial Foundation August 1, 2019 is the day when the new Hands-free Law goes into effect. Getting the Hands-free legislation passed only paved the way for a distraction-free driving future. Now we must make it work. Laws succeed only if they get support from an intelligently designed execution plan by the government. This week’s launch of the public education campaign about the law by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety is laudable. It…

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Hands-free law to go into effect Aug. 1

June 25, 2019

In just over a month, the new hands-free cellphone law will go into effect. Drivers will no longer be allowed to hold cellphones while the car is in motion. The Shreya R. Dixit Foundation is dedicated to making drivers aware of the new regulations, for their own safety. Here is an easy summary of what’s allowed, according to the Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety: “They will be able to use their phones to make calls, text, listen to music or…

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Hands-free is not Distraction-free

June 7, 2019
driving by matheus ferrero

August 1, 2019 is the date when the new Hands-free Law goes live. That is great news. But I would personally like to add an informal footnote alert. Let us not assume that just because one uses a hands-free/Bluetooth enabled phone, one does not have to worry about distracted driving. Let us be clear. Hands-free is not Distraction-free. It is true that the new law addresses one of the major sources of distracted driving, i.e. using a handheld phone while…

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Speak Up About Distracted Driving: Why asking your friends to put down their phones is the best way to fight distracted driving

May 21, 2019

We are working on changing the culture around distracted driving. Even though distracted driving is killing thousands in the U.S. every year, drivers continue to do it. And you’ve likely been in the car with someone who was distracted. Did you ask them to put the phone down? To save the sandwich for home? Or offer to find the perfect radio station so they can focus on driving? Imagine if you’re in the car on your phone and your friend…

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Have a safe and happy 4th of July! ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago  ·  

Today, there will be heavy traffic. Relax, don’t get in a rush, plan breaks on your trip, and watch out for aggressive drivers. The goal should be to get home safely. Making it home in record time is of no importance. #ArriveAlive #RoadSafety

Happy 4th of July! Please remember to drive safe and distraction-free to all your Independence Day festivities!

Tomorrow, in honor of Merritt, we encourage everyone to unplug and hang up. And if this isn't entirely possible, then make a plan to #hangup while driving. This could save your life, and countless others. #justdrive https://t.co/4oDXxsEycD

Check out this campaign from our friends at @TL2DToday and drive #LikeYouCare https://t.co/BiLUITZvIo

Great PSA from NZ Transport Agency - The Let Driving Distract You campaign encourages drivers to see the car as a safe-haven from the never-ending stream of dings, likes, tags, memes, messages and emails coming from our phones. @nzta_news


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Minnesota Traffic Fatalities

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