Author: Vijay B. Dixit

Vijay Dixit Vijay Dixit left his professional career to champion distraction-free driving after a distracted driver killed his 19-year-old daughter, Shreya, on Nov. 1, 2007. Vijay and his wife Rekha, with their surviving daughter Nayha, established the Shreya R. Dixit Memorial Foundation www.shreyadixit.org with the mission to transform the driving culture. The charity works with individuals, businesses, and communities in making distraction-free driving part of a healthy lifestyle. Vijay has been recognized by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety for his work in education and has also authored “One Split Second,” a book about the epidemic of distracted driving – how it kills and how we can fix it. He has written many commentaries on the subject of distracted driving.

Stavya Arora, Morgan Cook, and Harini Senthilkumar wrote this article for Eden Prairie Local News (EPLN) as part of an internship provided by Vijay Dixit Chairman of the Shreya R. Dixit Memorial Foundation The Air Expo at the Flying Cloud Airport in Eden Prairie during the weekend of July 24th-25th was rich with vintage stories – and planes – on display, taking off, and in flight. The stories of the planes in action were told by veterans from the U.S. Air Force and Navy and brought Air Expo 2021 to life. Major Katherine Conrad described her A-10 Warthog airplane and…

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Inattentive, not being able to keep focus.Hyperactive, moving excessively not fitting to the setting.Impulsive, acting hastily in the moment without thought. Attention-Deficit-Hyperactivity-Disorder (ADHD) and Attention-Deficit-Disorder (ADD) are mental disorders, according to the American Psychiatric Association (APA). For those who have ADHD it is a sometimes welcome and sometimes unwelcome part of who they are. (The acronyms ADHD and ADD are used interchangeably in general discussions with ADHD used throughout this article.) ADHD is, “A complex thought process that drives our decisions” according to Cindy Lea1, a coach/counselor and owner of the ‘Succeeding with ADHD’ practice in Eden Prairie. She explained that our…

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Eden Prairie High School Student Excels at National Speech Contests Iesh Gujral is a senior at Eden Prairie High School (EPHS), where he is a member of the school’s Debating Club. This year Gurjal reached the semifinals in the highly competitive national speech tournament. EPHS Debate and Speech Coach Jason Meyer called it unprecedented at EPHS. No one has ever made a Semifinal round in the National Speech and Debate Tournament, the most prestigious contest in the country.In addition to national tournaments Gujral also was among the top three in several regional invitational tournaments this year.Extemporaneous Speaking: A PrimerGujral offered…

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Chief Weber seeking diversity on the EP police department Chief Greg Weber said he is a strong supporter of diversity in the EP police force. “We always look at diversifying the police department. How do we reflect the community we serve, not only from an ethnic background, a gender background but also mindset?” Diversity on the police force helps to bring a comprehensive set of strengths and perspectives to serving the community, according to Weber. “If we had 70 school resource officers we’d fail miserably. If we had 70 computer forensics officers we’d fail miserably. We need different passions and…

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In the following two-part series, Eden Prairie Local News (EPLN) contributor Vijay Dixit met with Eden Prairie Police Chief Greg Weber to review recent matters of driving and policing in Eden Prairie. Traffic fatality figures trend up Too many precious lives are being lost in Minnesota. In this case, the lives lost are due to increased road fatalities in Minnesota. According to preliminary numbers published by Minnesota Office of Public Safety , the traffic fatality count stands at 132 on May 15, 2021. That is 39% higher than 94, the same time number in 2020. Also, the state of Minnesota…

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Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and Sikhs – the four world religious traditions with roots in India, use a variety of inter-related lunar and solar calendars. Several important celebrations are associated with 10 days, April 12 through 22. Thus begins the sacred Hindu period of ‘Vasant Navaratri’ (वसंत नवरात्रि,The Nine Holy nights of Spring). During the nine nights, Hindus fast and worship the Divine Mother in her nine forms. It culminates in the festival of Ramanavami. The day is observed as the advent of Rama – a Prince, one of the many incarnations of the Divine worshipped by Hindus. In northern India and…

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On March 28, the CDC COVID Data Tracker reported 30,038,363 confirmed cases and 546,144 deaths in the USA. Millions of families have been affected by the death of a loved one. This is a story about one family finding its way during the pandemic. AMY IRVIN is an emergency room doctor who has been practicing emergency medicine for fourteen years. She went to medical school at the University of Iowa, did residency in neurology in Madison, Wisconsin and then emergency medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. She chose emergency medicine and not neurology because at the time there was not a…

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Vijay B. Dixit, Chairman Shreya R. Dixit Memorial Foundation I am standing at the bottom of a steep hill, staring at the distant peak piercing through the clouds, hoping to reach there, one day. That truly mimics my state of mind when I chose to embrace suffering brought on by a distracted driver killing my daughter, Shreya, in 2007. I named that steep hill, hope. I notice that I am not the only one climbing the hill. I see a number of hills ahead of me. But when I look back, quite a few are behind me as well. Traffic…

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The author Vijay B. Dixit is Chairman of the Shreya R. Dixit Memorial Foundation Traffic fatalities in Minnesota are on the rise. The current data from the Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety reports 356 fatalities as of Friday November 20, 2020. Last year the fatality count on this day was 321. The rise in fatalities was a surprise because a lower number in fatalities was expected due to reduced traffic on the road caused by COVID-19. Nationally, motor-vehicle crashes continue to be the number one cause of death for U.S. teens. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that…

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