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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.

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Today's Distracted Driving News

Raksha Walk in Eden Prairie Brings Attention to Distracted Driving

August 21, 2018

The Shreya R. Dixit Memorial Foundation hosted its 11th annual Raksha 5K Run/Walk For Distraction-Free Driving, Saturday, Aug. 11, at Purgatory Creek Park. The event featured a 5K run, chances for people to sign pledges to drive distraction-free, remarks from Pat Cooper of Federated Insurance, Mike Hanson from the Office of Traffic Safety and John […]

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Raksha Walk to end Distracted Driving on August 11

August 21, 2018

Shreya Dixit Memorial Foundation was created to raise awareness of the dangers of distracted driving and make the roads a safer place. The public can support the foundation and its mission at the annual 5K Raksha Walk on Saturday, August 7 at Purgatory Creek Park in Eden Prairie. Registration for the event will start at […]

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An Inexcusable Fumble at the One Yard Line!!

June 26, 2018

We are almost halfway down 2018. The year brought Minneapolis the honor of hosting Super Bowl at the sparkling US Bank Stadium. Vikings almost made it to the Super Bowl but, for Philadelphia robbing Minneapolis of the distinction of hosting and, getting a chance to win the Super Bowl. No doubt, it was very disappointing.  […]

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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.

Recent Blog Posts

Parents! Are You Endangering Your Teen Driver?

This week’s column builds on a story narrated by my friend Jennifer from Texas. Jennifer drove all the way from San Antonio, Texas to Eden Prairie, Minnesota just to attend our 7th Raksha Walk for Distraction-free Driving on August 2. By the way, I never met her before. Now, I call her a friend for life.

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Distracted Driving is a Multi-headed Animal

Not a day goes by without a newspaper or TV story announcing a fatality and/or injury caused by distracted driving. It is heartbreaking to see innocent lives lost due to an action that is easily avoidable.

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A Striking Resemblance: Batman and Raksha Walk, the Campaign for Distraction-free Driving

Our family was struck by a devastating tragedy and we resolved to find something good in it. One may term it strange, abnormal, weird, insane etc. etc. It is impossible for a family to lose a 19 year old child, in this case Shreya, and find something good in it? Why? I led the initiative to start the foundation in her name to combat distracted driving and felt like a higher calling pushing me from inside.

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Washington (Houston), we have a problem.

Senator Klobuchar noted that states, including Minnesota and North Dakota were unable to qualify for much needed federal dollars allocated for distracted driving and teen safety in past years.

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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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