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Nina Davare and Bharati Suryawanshi, both of Eden Prairie, check out a wrecked car provided by Minnesotans for Safe Driving. The display included the story about the teen driver who died after crashing the Ford Focus.
Peggy LePage of Coon Rapids chats with Vijay Dixit, chairman of the Shreya R. Dixit Memorial Foundation’s board. LePage said her friend and co-worker, Rob Burik, was killed in a distracted driving crash in February. His car was struck from behind by a car traveling over 60 mph as Burik was stopped for a red light.
Raksha 5K Run/Walk For Distraction Free Driving attendees tie rakhis around the wrist of someone near them while taking a pledge to drive distraction-free. During the Indian festival of Raksha Bandhan, a sister will tie a rakhi around their brother’s hand as part of a promise to protect him, and the brother then promises to protect their sister.
The Shreya R. Dixit Memorial Foundation hosted its 11th annual Raksha 5K Run/Walk For Distraction-Free Driving, Saturday, Aug. 13, 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 Mosey of NorthstarMLS, and a vigil walk. According to race organizers, the event had its largest turnout with about 250 people who registered.
The foundation was created in 2008 in memory of 19-year-old Shreya Dixit, who was killed while riding as a passenger in a crash caused by a distracted driver on Nov. 1, 2007.
The Raksha Walk is part of the foundation’s mission of “transforming the driving culure through community engagement. The ultimate goal is to make distraction-free driving as an integral part of healthy living,” according to a news release.
The new Minnesota legislative session began Tuesday, Jan. 8. In a town hall on Saturday, Jan. 5, Eden Prairie's state representatives asked residents what their priorities should be, with the top three answers being gun violence prevention, health care and the environment.