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‘Trying To Save You’: Families Impacted By Distracted Driving Rally Around Hands-Free Bill

In less than two hours, Minnesota’s new hands-free law goes into effect.

For drivers, that means buying accessories or changing habits, but for too many families, this is about much more.

More than 500 people have died from distracted driving over the past 10 years, but state lawmakers failed to pass the law year after year. Now, it’s those brokenhearted relatives who finally made it happen.

“I’m not the only one who lost a child. I’m not the only family who’s suffering, so we have a team — a so-called club,” Vijay Dixit said.

And membership, comes at the highest cost.

Melissa Goeltz Loomis lost her sister, Tom Goeltz lost his daughter and Vijay Dixit lost his little girl, too.

“If you ask me, ‘How did it feel?’ I think I would be speechless. I just cannot tell you,” Dixit said.

Shreya from Eden Prairie, a standout singer, was killed by a distracted driver while heading home from her dorm in Madison.

Written by: SUSAN-ELIZABETH LITTLEFIELD