Vijay's Blog

Is it a Plea or Call to Action?

December 27, 2018

This is a Call to Action on two fronts.   In the eleven-year long quest for a distraction-free driving world, we at Shreya R. Dixit Memorial Foundation have noted some progress. Despite broad range support from all quarters, we continue to encounter new challenges. They are moving targets that are increasingly becoming difficult to track […]

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Mikey Did NOT Do It Alone!!

December 10, 2018

Those readers who grew up in the seventies might remember watching a very ubiquitous cereal commercial on TV. It showed a cute toddler called Mikey whose elder siblings blamed him for mistakes that were not his. They also made him eat the cereal they did not want to try. They always pushed food toward Mikey […]

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Tragedy to Advocacy: A Journey

December 2, 2018

Written by: VIJAY B. DIXIT, CHAIRMAN, SHREYA R. DIXIT MEMORIAL FOUNDATION November 1, for most of it is a mere date in a calendar. But it gives shudders to my family and my friends, a day that they cannot forget. November 1, 2007 was an earthquake that shook everything around us. It was the day […]

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Raksha Walk in Eden Prairie Brings Attention to Distracted Driving

August 21, 2018

The Shreya R. Dixit Memorial Foundation hosted its 11th annual Raksha 5K Run/Walk For Distraction-Free Driving, Saturday, Aug. 11, at Purgatory Creek Park. The event featured a 5K run, chances for people to sign pledges to drive distraction-free, remarks from Pat Cooper of Federated Insurance, Mike Hanson from the Office of Traffic Safety and John […]

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Raksha Walk to end Distracted Driving on August 11

August 21, 2018

Shreya Dixit Memorial Foundation was created to raise awareness of the dangers of distracted driving and make the roads a safer place. The public can support the foundation and its mission at the annual 5K Raksha Walk on Saturday, August 7 at Purgatory Creek Park in Eden Prairie. Registration for the event will start at […]

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An Inexcusable Fumble at the One Yard Line!!

June 26, 2018

We are almost halfway down 2018. The year brought Minneapolis the honor of hosting Super Bowl at the sparkling US Bank Stadium. Vikings almost made it to the Super Bowl but, for Philadelphia robbing Minneapolis of the distinction of hosting and, getting a chance to win the Super Bowl. No doubt, it was very disappointing.  […]

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Hand-held cellphone bill backers make push in session’s final weeks

May 4, 2018

Law would make it illegal for drivers to hold a phone or other electronic device.

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Hands-Free Bill Remains Alive, But No Floor Votes Yet. WHY?

May 4, 2018

A public safety bill passed the Minnesota House this week that includes a provision outlawing cell phone use in construction zones, and another calling for tougher penalties for “distracted driving.” But, so far, separate bills in both the House and Senate mandating hands-free cell phone use are still awaiting floor votes.

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Dixit: Help the hand-free cellphone bill to become a law

April 1, 2018

I am not a linguist. But I have closely watched the evolution of a term that has indeed become an obsession for me. This term was a tongue twister only 10 years ago. Today it is ubiquitous with its dreadful presence and has totally erased its tongue-twisting character. The term is “distracted driving” — which […]

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The Whole Village Tackles Distracted Driving

January 28, 2018

VIJAY B. DIXIT, CHAIRMAN SHREYA R. DIXIT MEMORIAL FOUNDATION In the spirit of Super Bowl, I have used a football term in the title. All across our state and in the nation, the epidemic of distracted driving continues to spread with new strains of distractions. Just like the game of football, we must be capable […]

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Making Our Roads Safer: Taking Action on Distracted Driving

January 28, 2018

WHAT: A critical, timely and thought-provoking roundtable discussion about the challenges we face in creating, implementing and enforcing distracted-free driving legislation. Participants include Minnesota state legislators, corporate leader, and safety advocates. Cargill and The Shreya R. Dixit Memorial Foundation collaborated to organize and host this event. WHY: By offering insights on distracted driving behavior and […]

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Spooking Technologies in Your Car

November 4, 2017

Halloween is associated with spooky masks, costumes, and candy. True, but spooky technology? That is strange! I did not expect that at Halloween either. For me, the Halloween spook jumped out while reading the latest research report from AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. What really scared me in the report was not a mask but […]

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An Antibiotic for Distracted Driving

July 28, 2017

Is distracted driving a bacteria that we need an antibiotic to kill? My answer is YES, and I have supporters.

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National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April 13, 2017

April is observed in the U.S. as National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

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Innovation vs. Tunnel Vision

April 12, 2017

My focus and life mission is, and always will be to fight the epidemic of distracted driving.

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Its the Behavior that Kills

October 24, 2016

I was overcome by extreme grief reading about sentencing of a distracted driver who killed a 79-year-old last October.

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