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Hands-free is not Distraction-free

June 7, 2019

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…

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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…

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What You Need To Know About The MN Hands Free Law

May 8, 2019

Gov. Tim Walz signs the “hands free while driving” law during a bill signing ceremony Friday, April 12, 2019, surrounded by families who have advocated for the law. Briana Bierschbach | MPR News   The Hands Free Law was signed by Gov. Tim Walz last month while surrounded by families who have lost loved ones to…

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Ohio Governor Mike DeWine Announces Distracted Driving Advisory Council

May 6, 2019

Ohio has a new Distracted Driving Advisory Council, announced last week by Governor Mike DeWine. The council will work to transform the culture of distracted driving in the state. “Driving while texting, or eating, or dialing a phone should be as culturally unacceptable as drunk driving is today,” said Governor DeWine. “When drivers choose to do…

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Get Educated with the Minnesota’s New Hands-free Law

April 28, 2019

Written By: Vijay b. Dixit, Chairman, Shreya R. Dixit Memorial Foundation August 1, 2019 will usher in a safer Minnesota. On that day we will be able to proudly claim residence in a state with a hands-free law. Thanks to Governor Tim Walz for putting his signature on a bill that had evaded passage for…

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Minnesota Police Are Getting Creative To Catch Distracted Drivers

April 26, 2019

Police in Eagan, Minnesota boarded a school bus on April 24th to catch distracted drivers from a higher vantage point. The sting called ‘Busted by The Bus’ was aimed at catching distracted drivers around school buses, and raising awareness of the danger. Eagan police caught 18 distracted drivers throughout the ride. In Anoka this week,…

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Distracted driving is an Equal Opportunity Killer

April 25, 2019

Shreya never got to attend her cousin’s fabulous Punjabi wedding last week. The family misses her, but members took this photo to remember her presence.

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‘Call Me Out’ App uses social pressure to stop distracted driving

April 22, 2019

An app developed by Chevy for Android called ‘Call Me Out’ is an interesting take on the fight against distracted driving. The app allows your loved ones to record voice memos with a reminder to stop driving distracted. The voice memos from your loved ones will play when your phone is picked up when you’re…

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Police Push to Make Distracted Driving Socially Unacceptable

April 17, 2019

You rarely see a driver behind the wheel without a seatbelt buckled these days. But that wasn’t always the case. Years ago, being in a car without a seatbelt was the norm for many people in the US, but due to campaigns such as ‘Click it Or Ticket’, not buckling up in the car has…

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Minnesota Governor Tim Walz Signs Hands Free Bill Into Law

April 17, 2019

On Friday, April 10th, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz signed the Hands Free Bill into law. Surrounded by families who have lost loved ones to distracted driving, Governor Walz regarded that although this bill cannot take the pain away from these families, it will prevent families in the future from enduring similar tragedies. Minnesota joins 16…

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Hands-free bill is a Lifesaver

April 12, 2019

March column in the Eden Prairie News: By Vijay B. Dixit, Chairman Shreya R. Dixit Memorial Foundation According to preliminary estimate from the Office of Traffic Safety, the current count of traffic fatalities stands at 65 for 2019. At the same time last year, the corresponding number was 53 which was worse than the previous…

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Minnesota Families Advocate for Hands Free Bill

April 10, 2019

On March 27th, local community members spoke to Alicia Lewis from Kare 11 about how their families were affected by distracted driving. Losing loved ones to a distracted driver has led these families to advocate for distraction free driving. Watch the full video here.

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Imagine what they do in Maryland — but in Minnesota

April 7, 2019

The Frederick News-Post in Frederick, Maryland, wrote a story about local law enforcement participating in the National Distracted Driving Campaign during the month of April. Maryland is a state where drivers can be cited for using their cellphones while behind the wheel. We hope one year our officers of the law in Minnesota are able…

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It’s a Big Day in the Senate for the Hands-Free Bill

March 25, 2019

‘Hands-free’ cellphone bill advances in Minnesota Senate. By Stephen Montemayor ·  StarTribune · The Minnesota Senate voted overwhelmingly Monday for a bill barring cellphone use while driving unless the phone is being used in a “hands-free” mode.Although the measure passed 56-10 with bipartisan support, lawmakers still have to work out differences with a similar bill that passed in the House last week.

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Pioneer Press describes how the House passed the hands-free bill

March 19, 2019

Just a year ago, further restrictions on how a driver can use a cellphone seemed like a long shot at the Legislature. But when they returned to the Capitol in January lawmakers had a simple message for backers of requiring only hands-free use behind the wheel — your activism worked. State Rep. Frank Hornstein, DFL-Minneapolis, thanked those who lost family members and friends for sharing their heartbreaking stories with lawmakers.

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Hands-free bill passes House Judiciary, headed to Ways and Means

March 6, 2019

House File 50, better known as the hands-free bill, passed out of the House Judiciary Finance and Civil Law Division today, Wednesday, March 6, and is on its way to the House Ways and Means Committee. Paul Aasen, president of the Minnesota Safety Council, says that once it passes Ways and Means, it will be set for a floor vote. The House describes HF50 as: “Cellphone use while a motor vehicle is in motion prohibited, with hands-free mode exception.”

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Minnesota needs to get serious about distracted driving

November 26, 2018

This post was originally published in The Star Tribune. If the new administration of Gov.-elect Tim Walz and the reconfigured Legislature want to show Minnesotans they’re serious about ending gridlock and bickering in St. Paul, then tackling the issue of distracted driving would be a constructive and symbolic starting point. There should be no need…

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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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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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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 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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