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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…Read More
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…Read More
In my last column, I described how the Shreya Foundation’s (shreyadixit.org) teen-led Distraction-free Life Club (DfLC) at Eden Prairie High School has been spreading the message of distraction-free driving through peer-to-peer influence. The same column also mentioned how the DfLC teens reached beyond high school, embarking on a project named Drivers-in-Making for elementary school kids, engaging them in discussions about distracted driving. It will be the DfLC team coaching young kids. After reading the column a friend questioned me about…Read More
Written by: VIJAY B. DIXIT, CHAIRMAN Summer of 2019 is history. The Fall session is in full swing at schools. A new Hands-free Law is active in Minnesota. Troopers from the state patrol are much better equipped to enforce the law. Hopefully, the hands-free law will lead to lower cell phone inspired distracted driving episodes. It surely did take away the self-proclaimed right of drivers to use cell phones as socialization/entertainment tools. Granted that only a thorough analysis of long-term…Read More
The members of Eden Prairie High School’s Distraction Free Driving Club are big fans of peer-to-peer education. Usually, that means other teenagers, but on Aug. 14, 22 high schoolers taught a different audience about safe driving: elementary schoolers. “The kids are our peers, our younger peers,” explained Saathvika Yeruva, co-president of the Distraction-Free Driving Club. She and her classmates spent the morning at Oak Point Elementary School in Eden Prairie playing games, drawing and doing trivia with 15 elementary school…Read More