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Speeding on roads is a growing problem

September 17, 2021

                  The artist who drew this picture of a car hitting a tree is Michele Garcia Robles, a junior at Chaska High School. She leads that school’s Shreya Foundation’s Distraction-free Life Club. “I had family and friends who got into bad car crashes,” she said. “(The program)…

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The Traffic Safety Selfie Challenge: A Local Social Media Challenge Designed to Promote Safer Driving Habits and Creativity

August 2, 2021

By: Ava Chen   Speeding on our roadways, distracted driving, driving while impaired are all prevalent problems in our society. During the last year, this problem has only gotten worse due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, in 2020, people drove less due to the pandemic, but an estimated 38,680…

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Highway Hypnosis, Snap Out of It! 

July 19, 2021

After a long day of work, you tiredly get in your car, with your only thought being to get home and crawl into bed. You pull out of the parking lot and enter the streets, lost in your thoughts. After what feels like a few moments, you pull onto your driveway with no recollection of…

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A Wake-Up Call for Drowsy Drivers: It’s More Dangerous Than Your Wildest Dreams

July 19, 2021

One type of Cognitive Distraction found on the road that is not talked about enough is fatigued driving, or drowsy driving. Fatigued driving occurs most commonly occurs when a driver has had less than 7 hours of sleep in the past 24 hours. It can also be caused by extended work hours, strenuous work or…

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Cognitive Distractions: Distractions We Don’t Think About Enough 

July 19, 2021

One second is all it takes to cost a life. A moment of distraction can result in dire consequences which can be easily avoided if the driver is cautious enough. There are three different kinds of distraction that a driver can face: visual, manual, and cognitive. Visual distractions occur when one looks away from the…

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Perfect Cars, Imperfect Driving 

July 9, 2021

Can perfectly constructed self-driving cars stop the majority of crashes? By conventional thinking, you would think the answer is yes. Why wouldn’t a car programmed to drive like a superhuman not be able to avoid an accident?     90 percent of crashes are caused by human error. That’s why the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and…

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Pros and Cons of ADAS 

July 9, 2021

Since the early 1970s, American cars have featured ADAS, or advanced driver-assistance systems. ADAS are technological features that are designed to increase the safety of driving a vehicle, and their goal is to eliminate human error on the road. While ADAS have massively increased in popularity over the past couple of decades, their incredible promise…

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Advanced Driver-Assistance Technologies: Past, Present, and Future 

July 9, 2021

People always assumed we would have flying cars in the near future that would be entirely mechanized, saving humans time and effort while providing maximum efficiency for travel. Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems are a definite step towards that direction. Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS) are defined as any technological feature that is designed to increase the safety…

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ROAD CONSTRUCTION AHEAD: Work Zone Crashes in a COVID-19 World

July 9, 2021

Construction and work zones near or on roads have been susceptible to reckless drivers for years. Last year, the COVID-19 pandemic entailed a decrease in road traffic, which sparked the idea that there would be safer working environments for construction workers. However, over the past year, numbers in work zone crashes are continuing to increase.…

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Attached to Phones But Detached from Reality 

July 9, 2021

It’s no surprise that during the pandemic, people became more attached to their phones. We were bored, stuck at home, and anxious for a way to communicate with the outside world. However, this attachment slowly became deadly as people exited their homes and entered their cars.   As the streets cleared and few drivers took to…

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Distracted Driving Legislation Across the Nation 

July 9, 2021

Laws dictate a large portion of how we live our lives, and it isn’t any different when it comes to driving. They are meant to protect us from the unknowing dangers out there and to maintain a stable and safe environment. As distracted driving laws fall under the jurisdiction of the individual states, the laws…

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The COVID-19 Apocalypse: Zoom Zombies 

July 9, 2021

It’s no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic has forced everyone to change how they go about daily life. One example of this comes with the rise of Zoom meetings as an alternative to physical meetings. Over the last year, Zoom has become an incredibly popular application for meetings with work colleagues, friends, and family across…

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A Year in Review: Driving in a COVID-19 Era 

July 9, 2021

The COVID-19 crisis came like a storm, claiming the lives of millions around the world and impacting even more. In its wake, the pandemic influenced almost every single aspect of people’s daily lifestyles as they hunkered down at home while the storm passed. COVID-19 didn’t just bring about the deaths through the impacts of the disease but…

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EPLN showcases Shreya Foundation’s Distraction-free Life Club at Eden Prairie High School at the July 4 celebration

July 9, 2021

This Sunday from 5:00 to 10:00 pm at Round Lake Park, Eden Prairie teens will star in the big 4th of July celebration.  Fifteen year old singing phenom Allie McIntosh will lead the music, starting at 7:15 pm. Another group of stand-out teens will promote the attractions of a distraction free life to their peers.  Their…

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Shreya Foundation’s Teen Outreach Director and President of the Distraction-free Life Club at Eden Prairie High School Excels in National Speech contest

July 9, 2021

Eden Prairie High School Student Excels at National Speech Contests Iesh Gujral is a senior at Eden Prairie High School (EPHS), where he is a member of the school’s Debating Club. This year Gurjal reached the semifinals in the highly competitive national speech tournament. EPHS Debate and Speech Coach Jason Meyer called it unprecedented at…

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A Commonly Overlooked Place for Distracted Driving: Parking Lots 

June 29, 2021

You’re driving down a speedy road, with busy traffic and signs left and right. You vigilantly keep watch for where to curve, turn, look, and signal, keeping all potential distractions aside. Finally, with a sigh of relief and your mind shifting to another place, you turn out of the road and tiredly move into a parking…

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