Archive | January, 2011

Aggressive Driving – Research & A Dedication

Posted on 31 January 2011 by Ron Cook

Durham Sprague

*In my safe driving lectures I have a special dedication when addressing the subject of “aggressive driving”…I dedicate this portion of my talk to the memory of someone very special who was killed by an aggressive driver on September 1, 2000, his name is “Mr. Durham Sprague”. (Seated in the center above)  He was a retired Carlsbad Firefighter, who raised 4 children, 3 sons and a wonderful daughter, a newspaper/magazine journalist and one of my best friends – Jeannie!  (She’s seated on the far left in the picture above.)

Mr. Sprague was killed on northbound 805 in San Diego, California, near Murray Ridge as he attempted to merge into lanes.  An aggressive-reckless driver, speeding and weaving through traffic, struck Mr. Sprague’s vehicle causing him to roll off the freeway.  The driver who struck and killed Mr. Sprague had a history of reckless driving.

Sadly, aggressive driving kills and injures motorists everyday on our roadways.  This type of driving often leads to the “road rage” factor.   My safety lectures addresses “aggressive driving” and how to curb “road rage.”   I talk about how to deal with stress & road rage, either your own rage or that of other drivers.  My lectures will open your eyes to the dangers and how you can reduce these dangers on our roadways.  First, “we” have “NO” control over other drives, but we do have control of our “own actions.”  In the 1990’s I was honored to assist with research on road rage with San Diego State University and the National Highway Traffic Safety Adminstration (NHTSA).

In my talks I provide my audience with  a “professional and personal” look at what it takes to increase your survival on our streets and highways!  I provide tips on how to avoid making the same mistakes others have made that caused their collision.  My goal is to make you more aware of these problems that surround us and to reduce the “risk factors” of having a collision.

These talks have been in high demand for driver education/training courses, schools (all levels), traffic schools, Life Skills Classes, Parenting classes, military safety stand downs and for company safety conferences and briefings.  I do utilize some stats in my talks, but I put faces with those stats.  Most are local faces, including yours truly.   But keep in mind – I do not “sugar coat” the issues since my goal is to save lives!  (But of course, when speaking to young teens and young children I am very careful.)

If you’d like me to speak to your group please email your request to:  monicazech@ cox.net – or go to the contact section of this website.

Be Safe! 

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Buckle Up & STOP Texting – Remember Alex Brown Foundation

Posted on 30 January 2011 by Monica Zech

On November 10, 2009, the Brown family’s teenage daughter died following a single car crash.  The investigation found she had been “texting” when she rolled her truck off the roadway.  As it rolled she was ejected through the front windshield.

Her parents started the “Remember Alex Brown Foundation” known as B.U.S.T. – Buckle Up & STOP Texting program.  Click on the following links for more information.

http://www.rememberalexbrownfoundation.org/foundation/index.php

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zEiBVfvnR6c

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDKOiMSkLxY

Saving lives!

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Report Animal Cruelty

Posted on 26 January 2011 by Monica Zech

County Joins Crime Stoppers to Reduce Animal Cruelty

 
 
         
 
 

January 26, 2010

The County of San Diego Department of Animal Services (DAS) is now working with San Diego County Crime Stoppers to help stop animal cruelty. DAS has established a reward fund to help pay tipsters who report acts of animal cruelty. A portion of the reward money is being provided by San Diego Animal Advocates.

Currently, DAS spends hundreds of hours each month investigating animal cruelty and neglect cases in San Diego County.

“We hope that this unique partnership will help reduce animal cruelty cases in our County,” said Lieutenant Daniel DeSousa of the Department of Animal Services. “We encourage everyone in our community to be our eyes and ears in the fight against animal cruelty.”

As part of the Crime Stoppers partnership, DAS will post decals on animal control vehicles to promote the program.

“Citizens will have the phone number readily available if they witness any acts of animal cruelty,” DeSousa said. “It also puts offenders on notice that people are watching.”

The program is simple. A tipster can call in anonymously to report an animal related crime. If an arrest is made and a reward has been authorized, the tipster is given directions on how to collect his or her reward.

Over the past 26 years, San Diego County Crime Stoppers has paid out more than a half million dollars to people whose tips closed more than 4,000 cases and led to the arrests of more than 2,800 people.

Anyone with information about animal cruelty can contact Crime Stoppers’ anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477. Anonymous web and text messages can be sent via SDCrimeStoppers.com

Crime Stoppers is offering rewards of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest in felony animal cruelty cases. 


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