NorthstarMLS will be an event sponsor again for the Raksha Walk/Run for Distraction-Free Driving in Hugh Trimble's honor, our former Rules & Regulations Administrator. The event is on Saturday, August 10th (Registration Info & Schedule of Events Below) and is open to the public – including ALL NorthstarMLS subscribers! 

NorthstarMLS will also have an employee 5K team participating in the walk. Join us if your schedule allows!

Proceeds from the 5K Walk/Run benefit the Shreya R. Dixit Memorial Foundation, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the community on safe and distraction-free driving. 

What: 12th Annual Raksha Walk/Run for Distraction-Free Driving
Date: Saturday, August 10th 2019
Time:

  • 8:30 am Registration opens/Refreshments
  • 9:00 am 5K Run begins
  • 9:05 am Raksha Walk Begins
  • 10:00 – 10:30am – Program and Refreshments

Where: Purgatory Creek Recreation Area, 13001 Technology Drive, Eden Prairie.
Cost: $20 to run; $15 to walk. Kids 12 and under are FREE
*Register online by July 27 to guarantee you receive a Raksha 5K athletic shirt.

More information on the run/walk can be found hereYou can Register Here.

Contact Vijay Dixit with any registration questions: vijay@shreyadixit.org

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Hopefully by now you’ve heard that it will be illegal to hold your cell phone in your hand while you’re driving in Minnesota starting Aug. 1, 2019. The hands-free bill was signed by Gov. Tim Walz on April 12, 2019.

The new law expands current law that prohibits drivers from texting, using email and browsing on their phones by banning a driver from using their phone unless it is in voice-activated or hands-free mode. The first ticket is $50 plus court fees and the second and later tickets are $275 plus court fees.

This issue has been near to our hearts here at NorthstarMLS since the passing of our colleague and friend, Hubert “Hugh” Skanes-Cady (Trimble). He tragically lost his life in the summer of 2016 as the result of a motor vehicle crash when he was rear ended while riding his motorcycle. NorthstarMLS has been helped support this important cause, sponsoring a local foundation distracted driving 5K, creating our own Drive Focused campaign, video series and website, as well as other supportive events.

Take a look at the infographic below to see seven quick ways you can convert to hands-free today!  

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The Shreya R. Dixit Memorial Foundation recently hosted its 11th annual Raksha 5K Run/Walk for Distraction-Free Driving. NorthstarMLS sponsored again in Hugh Trimble’s honor, our former Rules & Regulations Administrator.

NorthstarMLS President & CEO John Mosey addressed participants on why we support tougher distraction-free driving laws with our DriveFocused campaign. Watch what he had to say about Hugh and the importance to our real estate industry in this 2-minute video.

Proceeds from the event benefited the Shreya R. Dixit Memorial Foundation, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the community on safe and distraction-free driving.


NorthstarMLS 5K Run/Walk Team. From left: Mary Stanaitis, Howie Nelson (guest), Bill Goodman (guest), Dianne Goodman, Tom Flaherty, John Mosey, Mark Cady (Hugh’s spouse), Jackie Juracek and Ryan White.

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NorthstarMLS will be an event sponsor again for the Raksha Walk/Run for Distraction-Free Driving in Hugh Trimble’s honor, our former Rules & Regulations Administrator. The event is on Saturday, August 11th (Registration Info & Schedule of Events Below) and is open to the public – including ALL NorthstarMLS subscribers!

NorthstarMLS will also have an employee 5K team participating in the walk. Join us if your schedule allows! 

Proceeds from the 5K Walk/Run benefit the Shreya R. Dixit Memorial Foundation, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the community on safe and distraction-free driving.

Where Purgatory Creek Recreation Area, 13001 Technology Drive, Eden Prairie
Cost Raksha 5K Run – $20.00 / Raksha 5K Walk – $15.00 / Raksha 5K Walk (12 & Younger) – Free
Event Schedule 
7:30am – Registration Opens
8:00am – 5K Run Begins
9:00am – Short Ceremony / Recognitions
10:00am – 5K Walk Begins

More information on the run/walk can be found here
You can Register Here.
Contact Vijay Dixit with any registration questions: vijay@shreyadixit.org

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Minnesota is closer to joining 15 other states where it is illegal for drivers to use phones without hands-free capability while driving. The House Public Safety and Security Policy Committee voted March 13 to advance the bill. It has other committees to clear at the Capitol before final votes. Gov. Mark Dayton said he would sign it.

Minnesota lawmakers (both Republican and Democrat) and supporters rallied at the State Capitol a few weeks ago in favor of the bill. Representatives from NorthstarMLS were there in honor of longtime rules and regulations administrator, Hubert “Hugh” Skanes-Cady (Trimble). We believe passing this law will save lives.

There’s still time to take action! If you are in support, contact your representative today and urge them to also support this important legislation.
Visithttps://www.leg.state.mn.us/leg/districtfinder to easily find your representative.

If you have 5 minutes, please watch the video below that includes highlights and interviews from the Hands-Free Rally.

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A bill that would ban the use of cell phones while driving, but would allow the use of a hands-free device (Bluetooth earpiece), will again be making its way back through Minnesota Legislature in 2018. Despite widespread support from advocacy groups, law enforcement and others, the bill was unsuccessful in 2017.

To help garner support for the bill, a Distracted Driving rally at the State Capitol has been set for Thursday, Feb. 22 at 10:00am – 11:30am at the Capitol Rotunda area. The rally is open to anyone. No sign up or registration is required. Just come out to the Capitol and show your support for this important legislation!

Representatives from NorthstarMLS plan to be there in honor of longtime rules and regulations administrator, Hubert “Hugh” Skanes-Cady (Trimble).

Talking on a hand-held cellphone while driving is currently banned in 15 states and the District of Columbia.

DriveFocused in 2018
Take the NorthstarMLS pledge to #DriveFocused in 2018 at DriveFocused.NorthstarMLS.com

 

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A new school year is upon us! With school buses back on the road, walkers and bicyclists making their way to learning institutions, traffic tends to increase and can make for different driving patterns on the road. The hours before and after school are particularly more dangerous when many pedestrians are walking or biking to and from classes.

According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHSTA), fall is the most dangerous time of year for pedestrians. Locally, The Department of Public Safety said 60 pedestrians died on Minnesota roads in 2016, 19 more than the previous year.

We’d like to remind all NorthstarMLS subscribers to keep their minds on the road and drive focused. If you’d like more information on back-to-school driving safety, check out these tips from AAA.

And if you haven’t already, please take 30 seconds to take the pledge to #DriveFocused at DriveFocused.NorthstarMLS.com. Together, our efforts could help avoid injury and even loss of life.

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It’s hard to believe, but Sunday (July 23) will mark one year since the passing of our colleague and friend, Hubert “Hugh” Skanes-Cady (Trimble). He tragically lost his life as the result of a motor vehicle crash when he was rear ended while riding his motorcycle. It was an extremely sad and difficult time for all of us.

For over 15 years, Hugh administered the NorthstarMLS rules and regulations with expert knowledge and guidance, kindness and humor. He was one-of-a-kind. We greatly miss his presence and hearing his unequivocal voice and laugh around our office.

Drive Focused Pledge Site
In Hugh’s memory, we introduced our Drive Focused campaign last year to raise awareness and help put an end to distracted driving. Visit DriveFocused.NorthstarMLS.com to watch our series of videos and take the pledge to #DriveFocused.

Join Us for a 5K Walk/Run
As part of our ongoing Drive Focused campaign, NorthstarMLS has partnered with the Shreya R. Dixit Memorial Foundation to sponsor the 10th Annual Raksha 5K Walk and Run for Distracted-Free Driving on August 5, 2017 at Purgatory Creek Recreation Area in Eden Prairie. NorthstarMLS is sponsoring the 5K in Hugh’s name. The event is open to the public and we’re inviting all NorthstarMLS subscribers to join us.

Hands-Free Bill in MN
Our efforts have also extended to the government level where we have partnered with the Minnesota Safety Council to help push a hands-free bill that was introduced in MN last session. Unfortunately, the bill did not pass in 2017, but will be reintroduced early next session (February 2018). NorthstarMLS plans join forces with MSC again to help get this hands-free bill passed. Stay tuned.

 

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Top real estate industry news source Inman News published an article featuring the NorthstarMLS Drive Focused campaign on distracted driving in honor of our Rules & Regulations Administrator, Hubert “Hugh” Skanes-Cady (Trimble), who tragically lost his life in July of 2016 as the result of a motor vehicle crash when he was rear ended while riding his motorcycle. The article is timely, as this past Tuesday (July 11) marked one year since the crash.

You can read the full article by Inman News here.

An Inman News subscription is included for free (normally $228 per year) as part of your Minnesota Association of Realtors member benefit. If you’re not already a subscriber, just log in to your account on the Minnesota Association of Realtors website at my.mnrealtor.com, and then in the right sidebar, click on the Inman Select graphic and sign up. It’s a great source for industry related news.

If you haven’t already, please take 30 seconds to take the pledge to #DriveFocused at DriveFocused.NorthstarMLS.com. Together, our efforts could help avoid injury and even loss of life.

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10th Raksha 5K Walk / Run for Distraction-Free Driving


As part of our ongoing Drive Focused campaign, NorthstarMLS has partnered with the Shreya R. Dixit Memorial Foundation to sponsor the 10th Annual Raksha 5K Walk and Run for Distracted-Free Driving on August 5, 2017 at Purgatory Creek Recreation Area in Eden Prairie.

NorthstarMLS is sponsoring the event in Hugh Trimble’s name, our former Rules & Regulations Administrator. July 23 will mark one year since Hugh tragically lost his life from injuries he sustained in a motor vehicle crash when he was rear ended while riding his motorcycle on July 11, 2016.

Join Us
The event is open to the public and we’re inviting all NorthstarMLS subscribers to join us. NorthstarMLS will have a team participating on behalf of Hugh and we’d love for you to join us. Or if you prefer, start your own team of co-workers/colleagues to participate. If you know someone else that has been involved in a distracted driving crash, you may walk in their name, too. You’ll find an option to input the name of the person you’re participating for in the registration form.

Proceeds from the 5K Walk/Run benefit the Shreya R. Dixit Memorial Foundation, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the community on safe and distraction-free driving. Shreya Dixit was 19 years old when she was killed in a distracted driving crash while returning home from college for a weekend back in 2007.

Cost

Saturday, August 5, 2017
7:30am – Onsite registration begins
8:00am – 5K Run begins
9:00am – Ceremony / Remembering those we’ve lost
10:00am – 5K Walk begins

More information on the run/walk can be found here.

You can Register Here. Note: T-Shirts are only guaranteed for those registrants who register by July 15.

Contact Vijay Dixit with any registration questionsvijay@shreyadixit.org

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