New tool aims to thwart distracted driving deaths - KMSP-TV

Behavior modification tool aims to thwart distracted driving deaths

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In 2007, Vijay Dixit lost his daughter in a car accident. A car accident that easily could have been avoided.

While a passenger in a car heading home from Madison, the driver turned around to the back seat to find a napkin. Just a couple seconds. That's all it took, until she slammed the Suburban into a concrete pillar of an underpass. Nineteen-year-old Shreya Dixit died, the other three in the car survived. Now, her father wants to make sure this doesn't happen to any other child or family. 

Dixit and his family started the Shreya Dixit Memorial Foundation -- their goal to education teens and young drivers about the dangers of taking your eyes off the road for just one second. 

The 6th annual Raksha Walk took place last week to promote awareness about the dangers of distracted driving. The day was also proclaimed Distraction-Free Driving Day in Minnesota by Governor Dayton. However, Dixit is very excited about a new learning tool that he thinks can save lives.

Because of an overabundance of information about the dangers distracted driving, Shreya's family was constantly searching for ways to creatively deliver their message. At the walk event the foundation will releasing a MOOC, or Massive Open Online Course, along with an app, to help promote learning technology and address this serious issue. The MOOC has the potential to serve as an effective driver behavior modification tool, reducing auto fatalities and injuries.

Watch the video to hear Dixit's review of the tool and how it can be effective in teaching young drivers about the perils of distracted driving.

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