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Distracted Driving News

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 other states with hands free legislation. “We will reduce deaths,” Walz said. “Sons will come home. Mothers will come home. Our children and grandchildren will…

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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 year. Review of data from 2017 to 2019 shows fatality count was 357 in 2017, 380 in 2018 and 2019 is disappointingly trending upward again.…

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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 to crack down on distracted driving like they already do with Click It or Ticket and Toward Zero Deaths. The story notes: “The National Highway…

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

March 25, 2019
Driving on phone

‘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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Police release video of distracted driving crash, then have it happen again https://t.co/VI6d4vuJuW

Sharing the message of safe driving for the annual walk with the @ShreyaMemorial. Put the phone down and focus on the road. #SafeDriveLongLife #community #nutritionwithsam @nutritionwsam

Our Distraction Free For Life Club Members are at the Raksha 5k Run/Walk this year! #RakshaWalk2019 #EndDistractedDriving

#NoCellWednesday🚗 Please retweet this to as many friends, relatives, neighbors and family as you can. Maybe someone will listen and put down their phone. Because we care . .

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Minnesota Traffic Fatalities

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