Distracted Driving News

Hands-Free Cellphone Bill Unlikely to Become Law in Minnesota

May 15, 2018

Legislation that would make Minnesota the 17th state to ban drivers from using hand-held phones and electronic devices will not get a vote on the House floor, likely killing the measure for the fourth straight year. Chief author Rep. Mark Uglem, R-Champlin, on Tuesday, said that the bill would not receive a vote on the […]

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Victims’ families fight for hands-free bill

May 4, 2018

With less than three weeks remaining in the 2018 MN Legislative Session, family of distracted driving victims are pushing lawmakers to pass a hands-free bill that has bipartisan support.

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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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Shreya ​Dixit ​Foundation honored with Star Award for Education

November 2, 2017

Shreya ​Dixit ​Foundation was honored for its distraction-free driving work with the Star Award for Education at the 15th Toward Zero Deaths Conference in Saint Paul, Minnesota​. Vijay Dixit accepted the award on behalf of the foundation. The annual conference is organized by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety and this year ​it ​was held on Oct 26-27, 2017 in Saint Paul.

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A Very Successful Raksha Walk 2017

August 8, 2017

Shreya R. Dixit Memorial Foundation had a very successful 10th Raksha 5K Distraction-free Driving event with corporate executives and more than 250 runners and walkers participating. Richard Anderson, Former CEO of Delta and newly appointed CEO of Amtrak was the chief guest. Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton proclaimed the day of the event as Distraction-free Driving Day in the state.

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Distraction Free Driving Day 2017

Governor Mark Dayton proclaims August 5 distraction free driving day in Minnesota.

August 4, 2017

Every year our foundation works to bring awareness and effective change to driving behavior. Having the Day of the Raksha walk proclaimed distraction free driving day by Governor of Minnesota is a special recognition of both the continued work that is needed and the work that has been done. This year is the 10th anniversary and makes this proclamation as important as ever.

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A Special Kick-Off Observing Ten Years of Shreya R. Dixit Memorial Foundation

July 28, 2017

This year’s Raksha 5KRun/Walk for Distraction-free Driving on August 5 started a year of special events marking the 10 year milestones for the Foundation. Running up to the August 5 event, an activity was organized by the Foundation’s Distraction-free Driving Club and the DECA Team at the Eden Prairie High School.

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Transportation pioneer Richard Anderson to be the special guest at the 10th Raksha 5K Run/Walk for Distraction-free Driving

July 28, 2017

This year’s Raksha event scheduled for Saturday, August 5th will feature a very special guest speaker, the former Delta Airlines CEO and recently appointed Amtrak CEO Richard Anderson. No stranger to transportation and safety issues, Mr. Anderson is proud to lend his support to this year’s event.

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A Hands-free Law in Minnesota-Round 2

July 28, 2017

According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), each day in the United States, 9 traffic fatalities and 1,000 injuries occur in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver. Data shows that electronic devices like cell phones distract drivers the most, any additional non-driving activities by a driver cumulatively increase cognitive impairment.

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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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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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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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Shreya R. Dixit Memorial Foundation Inspired Distracted Driving Story Wins Midwest Emmy

April 19, 2017

KARE 11 TV received a regional Midwest Emmy award in the fall of 2016 for a series of stories that offered the compelling and tragic truth of texting and driving behavior.

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Southwest Magazine: Eden Prairie’s Vijay Dixit Wants to End Distracted Driving

October 17, 2016

Southwest Magazine profile on Vijay Dixit and the Shreya Dixit Memorial Foundation.

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9th Raksha Walk/5K Run & Vigil for Distraction-free Driving: A Big Draw

August 10, 2016

More than 200 runners and walkers participated in the event organized by Shreya R. Dixit Memorial Foundation on Saturday August 6 in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. The annual gathering remembers those who have lost their lives to driver distraction.

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Governor Dayton’s Proclamation

August 2, 2016
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5 reasons to attend the Raksha Walk

July 23, 2016

Vijay Dixit, chairman of the Shreya Dixit Memorial Foundation’s board, provides five reasons to attend the Raksha 5K Walk/Run for Distraction-Free Driving on August 6, 2016 in Eden Prairie, MN.

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August 6, 2016: 9th Annual Raksha Distraction-free Driving 5K Walk/Run

June 28, 2016

Join us for the 9th Annual Raksha 5k Walk / Run for Distraction-Free Driving at Purgatory Creek Recreation Area · 13001 Technology Drive · Eden Prairie, MN, on Staurday August 6. With Special Guest, Col. Matt Langer · Chief, Minnesota State Highway Patrol

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Mom shares pain of teen drunk driving

May 6, 2016

Prom and graduation season are the busiest time of year for Mothers Against Drunk Driving, as the group works to educate families about the dangers of teen alcohol consumption and what can happen afterwards.

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