JOIN US at the Traveler's Distracted Driving Panel

Thursday, February 21st
University of Minnesota, McNamara Alumni Center
Complimentary Admission - and lunch is included!

All are welcome to join us for this luncheon about tackling the public health problem of distracted driving. 

Distracted Driving Panel Sponsored by:

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All are welcome to join this important discussion about distracted driving. Please click the buttons below to register, and learn more details about this important event. We can't wait to see you there!

Make Minnesota Hands Free Bill Gains Momentum

Vijay Dixit, whose daughter Shreya died in a distracted-driving crash, holds a chart of traffic fatalities while speaking to reporters Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, about a proposed hands-free driving law at the State Capitol in St. Paul. Flanking Dixit are lawmakers from both parties who support the proposal. Shreya Dixit, of Eden Prairie, was 19 when she was killed while the passenger of a vehicle Nov. 1, 2007. (Dave Orrick / Pioneer Press)

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HANDS-FREE BILL BECAUSE:

  • 1 in 4 vehicle crashes and 1 in 5 traffic deaths in Minnesota involve distracted driving.
  • Hands-Free keeps the driver’s hands on the wheel and attention on the road.
  • Hands-Free will help law enforcement keep our roads safe.
  • The Hands-Free Bill allows voice-activated phone use with limited hand-held exceptions for emergencies, emergency vehicles, one-touch activation, and GPS devices.

Minnesota Traffic Fatalities

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Today's Distracted Driving News

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 […]

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Mikey Did NOT Do It Alone!!

December 10, 2018

Those readers who grew up in the seventies might remember watching a very ubiquitous cereal commercial on TV. It showed a cute toddler called Mikey whose elder siblings blamed him for mistakes that were not his. They also made him eat the cereal they did not want to try. They always pushed food toward Mikey […]

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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 […]

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How We are Transforming the Driving Culture

Education

  • e-Trainer / MOOC technology tool
  • Call to Action book: One Split Second by Vijay Dixit
  • Youth outreach talks at schools
  • Driver-ed programs

Actions

  • Distraction-free Driving Clubs
  • Public Service Announcement (PSA) videos
  • Presenting at conferences
  • Annual Raksha Protection Vigil and 5K Run/Walk for Distraction-free Driving

Incentives

  • Drivers Ed Stipends
  • Youth Outreach Internships
  • Media Interviews
  • Community Hour credits

2018 Distracted Driving Roundtable Discussion at Cargill Headquarters

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New Book

One Split Second

The Distracted Driving Epidemic
How It Kills and How We Can Fix It

One Split SecondThis new book by Vijay Dixit, of the Shreya R. Dixit Memorial Foundation, is a one-of-a-kind resource that brings together real-life stories, facts and figures, fascinating research about our behavior behind the wheel, and expert perspectives on how we can end the distraction epidemic. It is a book no driver can live without.

“A call to action, written with heart” -Senator Amy Klobuchar

One Split Second will be available for sale at the 10th Annual Raksha Walk on August 5. The author will be present to autograph the book.

On The Blog

The 100 Deadliest Days

AAA, the esteemed automobile club calls the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day, the “100 Deadliest Days” of summer. It is fair to assume that distracted driving behaviors has contributed a good deal to the creation of this term.

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Commentary: The Distraction-Free Clubs in Minnesota: Part 1

I remember my teen years when I often would find myself in situations where it was difficult to challenge the norm in the midst of peers. Sometimes it was to protect my ego, and other times to avoid hurting a dear friend. I would rather go with the flow and do things that were totally against my wish.

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Distracted Driving: IED of the Brain

The deadly battlefield device called Improvised Explosive Device (IED) has become part of our day-to-day vocabulary, thanks to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. It struck me that distracted driving, a human behavior, somehow demonstrates traits of an IED, a physical object. The more I thought about it, the more convincing it got.

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