WE ARE TRANSFORMING THE DRIVING CULTURE.

A Message from Vijay Dixit, Chairman of The Shreya R. Dixit Memorial Foundation: Thank You Participants of the Raksha Walk!

Photos from the Virtual Raksha Walk, August 1st 2020

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STUDENTS FOR SAFER STREETS

Our 2020 Interns advocate for a Distraction-Free Life

Marketing Team

Our distraction-free driving marketing team promotes the cause on 4 levels: The Problem, The Legal Aspect, Personal Stories, and Prevention.

Raksha Walk Team

The Raksha Walk marketing team works to improve your involvement in Shreya R. Dixit Memorial Foundation.

Video/Visual Team

The Video/Visual internship team curates our animations, videos, and graphics to amplify the reach of out campaigning.

Writing Committee

Our Writing Committee publishes informative, enticing stories about distracted driving.

Check out these Distracted Driving PSA videos from our interns!

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Distracted Driving News

Leading From The Top

November 1, 2019

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…

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DRIVERS-IN-MAKING

October 23, 2019

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…

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A decade away from a driver’s license, these kids are already learning safe driving habits

August 21, 2019

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…

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‘Trying To Save You’: Families Impacted By Distracted Driving Rally Around Hands-Free Bill

August 1, 2019

In less than two hours, Minnesota’s new hands-free law goes into effect. For drivers, that means buying accessories or changing habits, but for too many families, this is about much more. More than 500 people have died from distracted driving over the past 10 years, but state lawmakers failed to pass the law year after year. Now, it’s those brokenhearted relatives who finally made it happen. “I’m not the only one who lost a child. I’m not the only family…

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Catch Vijay on the radio explaining the new hands-free law

July 26, 2019

Vijay Dixit of the Shreya R. Dixit Memorial Foundation is slated to appear on WCCO Radio and Minnesota Public Radio in the coming days. He will be a guest on WCCO at 8 p.m. Sunday, July 28, for the “Jearlyn Steele Show,” where he will help explain Minnesota’s new hands-free law. The new regulations disallow holding a cellphone while operating a motor vehicle, and they take effect Thursday, Aug. 1. Dixit then will be heard at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July…

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Every year over 400,000 people in the US are injured or killed in distracted driving car crashes. 100% of these injuries and deaths are perventable. So before you put the car in drive, stow away your phone and make sure you're driving distraction free.

Shout out to our summer interns for developing and creating this video!

#distractionfreeforlife #itcanwait #safedriving #enddistracteddriving #saferoads #studentsforsaferoads #shreyadixitfoundation
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Stop driving distracted, it could save lives.

Special thank you to Siddharth Gupta and our internship team who created this animation. 💛

If you’re looking to get involved with a student organization to help end distracted driving, apply for the Distraction Free Life Club! Open to all high schoolers who want to make a difference in their communities and change the driving culture. Applications will be closing soon, so apply today at www.shreyadixit.org
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Check out our new podcast: The Distraction Free Life Podcast hosted by Iesh Gujral 🎧

From personal stories to legislation that is changing the laws, The Distraction Free Life Podcast is your place to get the best information and analysis directly from experts & those personally affected by distracted driving.

Tune into our first episode with Colonel Matt Langer, where he discusses how state troopers pursue distracted driving citations, the impacts and shortcomings of the Hand's Free Law, and Distracted Driving during COVID-19. Search 'Distraction Free Life Podcast' on Apple Podcasts, or head to this link to listen.
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/distraction-free-life-podcast/id1522046535
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Statistics show that 16 and 17-year-old driver death rates increase with each additional passenger in the vehicle. It's best to avoid driving with passengers in the car if you can, but we know that it's not totally avoidable.

So, you're in the car on the way to school and you want to be a "good" passenger who mitigates the chance of the driver being distracted. What can you do?

1. Offer to hold the phone and navigate with GPS.
2. Offer to hold the phone & choose the music.
3. Call out the driver if they are engaging in distracting behavior

On the other hand, what does a distracting passenger look like?

1. Pointing at landmarks or other things outside of the car. Redirecting the driver’s attention away from the road

2. Not speaking up when the driver is engaging in distracting behavior

3. Initiating an intense conversation - this creates a cognitive distraction for the driver

Comment below with some more examples of what being a "good passenger" and being a "distracting passenger" looks like!

References: Newcomb, Doug. "The Staggering Cost of Teen Driving." MSN Autos.
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3 weeks ago  ·  

When someone honks behind you, don’t just blindly react by reflexively moving forward. Uphold your right to take the time to properly assess the situation and watch for people, traffic, and other road users at all times, every time. #roadsafety #safetyfirst

OSHP launches distracted driving initiative http://reviewtimes.com/go/cab4f5b65be5 #EndDistractedDriving

COLUMN: Peer-to-peer influence at work https://www.hometownsource.com/sun_sailor/free/column-peer-to-peer-influence-at-work/article_759b1fa6-eed5-11ea-9e16-97dae6fb89cc.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=user-share #EndDistractedDriving

Applications are open for all High Schoolers to join the Distraction Free Life Club! Head to https://www.shreyadixit.org to join.

Texting and driving crackdown begins Tuesday https://bismarcktribune.com/news/state-and-regional/texting-and-driving-crackdown-begins-tuesday/article_7b3638db-19bb-593a-9152-3ce225ccb879.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=user-share via @bistrib

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