Today's Distracted Driving News

Hands-Free Cellphone Bill Unlikely to Become Law in Minnesota

May 15, 2018

Legislation that would make Minnesota the 17th state to ban drivers from using hand-held phones and electronic devices will not get a vote on the House floor, likely killing the measure for the fourth straight year. Chief author Rep. Mark Uglem, R-Champlin, on Tuesday, said that the bill would not receive a vote on the […]

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Victims’ families fight for hands-free bill

May 4, 2018

With less than three weeks remaining in the 2018 MN Legislative Session, family of distracted driving victims are pushing lawmakers to pass a hands-free bill that has bipartisan support.

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Hand-held cellphone bill backers make push in session’s final weeks

May 4, 2018

Law would make it illegal for drivers to hold a phone or other electronic device.

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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

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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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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Conquer Driver Distraction through Peer-to-Peer Education

Driver distractions originate from multiple sources that reside both inside and outside of the car. These distractions cannot be managed through a single solution or tool. We need a multipronged approach to influence how we drive. I see the evolution of this approach already taking place on three fronts, namely: Technology, Legislation and Education.

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