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Distracted Driving News

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

March 19, 2019
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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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Is it a Plea or Call to Action?

December 27, 2018

This is a Call to Action on two fronts. In the eleven-year long quest for a distraction-free driving world, we at Shreya R. Dixit Memorial Foundation have noted some progress. Despite broad range support from all quarters, we continue to encounter new challenges. They are moving targets that are increasingly becoming difficult to track and manage. I am referring to new technologies installed in cars as well as in mobile devices that drivers and passengers carry as extensions to their bodies.

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Mikey Did NOT Do It Alone!!

December 10, 2018

Adults are as much or more to blame for poor driving practices like distracted driving. The famous sayings: like father like son or a fruit does not fall far from the tree are good examples. We adults are role models for our young ones. What we see in them is actually our own reflection.

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Tragedy to Advocacy: A Journey

December 2, 2018

Written by: VIJAY B. DIXIT, CHAIRMAN, SHREYA R. DIXIT MEMORIAL FOUNDATION November 1, for most of it is a mere date in a calendar. But it gives shudders to my family and my friends, a day that they cannot forget. November 1, 2007 was an earthquake that shook everything around us. It was the day that plucked right from our arms, the youngest member of our family, Shreya. A driver on that ill-fated day was not paying attention to driving,…

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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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