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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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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April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month with a push by law enforcement to remind all drivers to keep their minds on the road and drive focused. In our continuing effort to raise awareness and help put an end to distracted driving, we’ve partnered with the Minnesota Safety Council to bring you three short educational webinars on distracted driving tailored specifically to agents and appraisers. All three are available now and linked below.

Today we spotlight Part OneEnd Distractions – Focus on Driving (14:27). This video highlights some alarming national and local distracted driving stats, and breaks down three types of distractions – visual, manual and cognitive.

Also available:

Distracted Driver – Am I the Problem? (12:55)

Distracted Driver – What Can I Do? (17:52)

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

 

 

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To kickoff Distracted Driving Awareness Month, the Star Tribune recently ran a story about the NorthstarMLS Drive Focused campaign and website we launched to raise awareness 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.

It was the top-read story of the day on StarTribune.com on Sunday (4/2) after it was posted. Click here to read the article. Share it on social media and help spread the word to #DriveFocused this month!

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month nationwide, so it’s very likely you’ll see more stuff than normal on this topic via your social media feeds, TV, radio or other outlets.

If you haven’t already, take 30 seconds and fill out the pledge form below to Drive Focused.

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Over 100 NorthstarMLS Subscribers have purchased a CELLslip since February

In the real estate business, your vehicle can feel like your office. Driving to showings, closings and more while keeping up with client emails, texts and phone calls is not easy. But resisting the temptation to take your eyes off the road to check your phone may save a life.

To help tackle the ever-increasing problem of distracted driving, a Sartell, Minn. man invented the CELLslip. It’s a pouch with a Velcro closure that blocks cell signals via a metal-infused conductive fabric lining designed to prevent drivers from being distracted by their phones. However, no calls or texts are missed, with your messages waiting for you when you arrive at your destination.

Since it became available to consumers last November, CELLslip has already been featured in local print, radio and TV media, and has the support of AAA, the Minnesota Safety Council and the Traffic Safety Foundation.

As part of our ongoing Drive Focused campaign, we’ve partnered with CELLslip to make it available to NorthstarMLS subscribers at a discounted price. Over 100 NorthstarMLS subscribers have already purchased a CELLslip. Just use promo code Drive Focused and you’ll save 30% off your entire order. The price includes free shipping.

Click here to purchase

Volume discounts are available so you can pick up extras for your office, team and/or family. Contact CELLslip for bulk orders.

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In the real estate business, your vehicle can feel like your office. Driving to showings, closings and more while keeping up with client emails, texts and phone calls is not easy. But resisting the temptation to take your eyes off the road to check your phone may save a life.

To help tackle the ever-increasing problem of distracted driving, a Sartell, Minn. man invented the CELLslip. It’s a pouch with a Velcro closure that blocks cell signals via a metal-infused conductive fabric lining designed to prevent drivers from being distracted by their phones. However, no calls or texts are missed, with your messages waiting for you when you arrive at your destination.

Since it became available to consumers last November, CELLslip has already been featured in local print, radio and TV media, and has the support of AAA, the Minnesota Safety Council and the Traffic Safety Foundation.

As part of our ongoing Drive Focused campaign, we’ve partnered with CELLslip to make it available to NorthstarMLS subscribers at a discounted price. Just use promo code Drive Focused and you’ll save 30% off your entire order. The price includes free shipping. Volume discounts are available so you can pick up extras for your office, team and/or family.

Prices:
1-49 – $4
50-99 – $3.75
100-199 – $3.45
200-299 – $3.15
300-499 – $2.90
500-999 – $2.75
1000+ –  $2.40

Click here to purchase

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Take a glance in your rearview mirror and you’ve probably noticed by now that the holidays are fast approaching. For many, it’s one of the busiest, yet exciting times of the year. With holiday parties, gift shopping and just downright busier than normal schedules, distracted driving becomes an even greater problem during the holidays.

Drivers simply can’t do two things at once. It’s an activity that requires your full attention and focus in order to keep yourself and others safe. After losing one of our own this past summer in a crash involving a distracted driver, we’ve embarked our Drive Focused campaign to help raise awareness on distracted driving.

Please take a moment to take the pledge to #DriveFocused on our DriveFocused.NorthstarMLS.com website. Once you take the pledge, share and help us spread the word through your friends/contacts on social media! Together, our efforts could help avoid injury and even loss of life.

Have a happy and SAFE holiday season.

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