Archive | November, 2019

Latest Report Shows DUI’s Are Highest in San Diego

Posted on 13 November 2019 by Monica Zech

Traffic Research on DUI:  Well, this is sad and disappointing news…San Diego #1 in DUI’s.  With a large number of colleges and military bases in the county, the rise in craft breweries, and being so close to the border, it’s not too surprising.

I’m glad I’m now directing all my energies to speak on safe driving in an effort to reduce the death and injury we’re seeing on our roadways. I hope you’ll join me in being a part of the solution, instead of part of the problem. DUI’s – a preventable crime.

*You’re welcome to schedule one of my life-saving presentations. Now scheduling for the New Year.

#StayAlertStayAlive #Safety

Here’s the actual data report:…/drunkest-driving-cities-in-america


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Buying The Safest Safety Car Seat for Your Child

Posted on 13 November 2019 by Monica Zech

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has great information on buying the safest safety car seat for your child.  The following link with take you to their information.


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Stay Alert-Stay Alive- Safe Driving Talks

Posted on 12 November 2019 by Monica Zech

My informational and inspirational safe driving presentations will help make you more aware of the hazards that often lead to collisions – whether you are driving, riding or walking.

See why traffic collisions continue to be the number one 9-1-1 emergency call for first responders.  This new awareness will help you to avoid (or stop) bad driving habits, helping to “reduce” your collision risk factor…making you a better – more alert driver, and pedestrian!

Corporate Speaker for Companies – Program Planners:  My presentation will help to reinforce your safe driving policies – especially for employees driving company vehicles, such as no texting or other cell phone use while driving.  I also take the place of two speakers, providing a professional perspective from the eyes of emergency responders, and as a victim. I’ve had personal experience with many of the major issues I cover.

Military Safety Stand-downs – Safety Officers: I offer hard-hitting talks for your safety stand-downs, especially prior to the holidays. Emphasizing the dangers and impact of driving under the influence of alcohol and other drugs, driving distracted (texting) and the dangers of riding motorcycles. Please note: My speaker’s fee is waived for military talks delivered within San Diego and Los Angeles County. Outside these areas – only travel expenses are requested.

Colleges/High Schools: In arranging for my presentation to your group or class, I can target specific issues by request. My talks can range from 20 minutes, up to 3 hours or more, for your company conference, or military safety stand-down. I continually update my talks with the latest stats, pictures, latest news stories, and videos to help drive home the message.  Ideal prior to proms, Every 15 Minute program, and graduations!

Audiences will see what causes traffic collisions through my perspective as; a veteran spokesperson for both a police and fire department, a veteran air traffic reporter for local television and radio, through research, working with crash scene investigators, the Medical Examiner’s Office, and with several National Safety organizations.

Some of the topics covered:

  • Distracted driving – texting, cellphones and more
  • Dangers of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, marijuana, and other drugs
  • Motorcycle safety
  • Stress & Road Rage – how to curb the rage
  • Aggressive Driving – examples
  • Red Light Runners & Red-Light Photo Enforcement – video examples
  • Dangers of Rolling through STOP Signs – examples
  • Dynamics of a crash – what are the major factors that cause injury & death in crashes
  • Importance of obeying traffic laws made for our safety
  • Uninsured Motorist Insurance – A Must Have!
  • Importance of wearing seat belts
  • Types of crashes – rollover, side impact, rear-ender, etc.
  • Car Seat Safety – Remember your precious cargo
  • Dangers of Speeding
  • Who are you riding with?
  • Pedestrian Safety
  • Being a GOOD safety model for your family – (A must for Parenting groups)

Personal Impact Stories:

  • Losing my father to a DUI driver in June of 1992
  • My daughter injured in a collision when struck by a DUI driver in February of 2005
  • I was the victim of a STOP sign runner in August of 2003 – a crash that should have paralyzed me
  • I’ve been hit three times by people on their cell phones

Note: I speak on behalf of ALL those killed and injured in crashes every day!

For references please see the comment section of this website to see audience feedback from previous talks. Additional references offered by request.

Most of my talks are in the San Diego County area of Southern California, but I’m also available to speak outside the city & state by request! Email your request to

Talks outside of San Diego have taken me to; Los Angeles, Long Beach, Corona, El Centro, Riverside, Miami, Florida, Rhode Island, Wyoming, Lyndhurst, New Jersey, and Fallon Naval Base in Reno, Nevada.

For my speaker’s fee, please visit the “CONTACT” section located on the top bar, on the opening page of this website.

Stay safe!
Monica Zech

Traffic Reporter Monica Zech

Monica Zech, San Diego’s first female airborne traffic reporter & San Diego’s first Television traffic reporter.


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Safe Travel Tips!

Posted on 10 November 2019 by Monica Zech



Safe Driving – Not just for the Holidays
By Monica Zech

Safety never takes a holiday!  Careful planning can help in making our roadways safer.  Unfortunately, the period from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day is deemed the most dangerous time on our roadways – but we have the power to change that!  The following tips can help.

Is Your Vehicle Safe? Before you start your trip, make sure your vehicle is in good running condition. Have your vehicle serviced, oil change, etc.  Make sure your tires are in good shape.

Roadside Assistance Have your roadside assistance information on hand, in case need. Many insurance companies offer smartphone applications that enable motorists to request help without making a phone call.

Know Your Route – Map your route in advance and be prepared for busy roads during the most popular times of the year. When possible, consider leaving earlier or later to avoid heavy traffic. Try Google map or similar mapping apps.

Buckle-Up! – Make sure you and your passengers are correctly buckled-up at all times!  Seat belts & safety car seats save lives!

Drivers – Stay Alert – Do Not Drive Drowsy – Make sure you are well-rested before a long drive. Plan REST Stops. If you find yourself starting to nod off, get to a safe place and take a 10 minute or longer nap.

Drive Defensively – follow laws made for our safety! Don’t take your safety for granted.

Avoid Distractions – Distracted Driving is our #1 problem – avoid cell phone use, such as texting, etc. Only use your cellphone for EMERGENCY purposes. Have a charger.

Don’t Drive Impaired – Don’t consume or use any drugs prior to driving – (no alcohol, marijuana, or any medications that cause drowsiness) Arrange for a SOBER designated driver.

Avoid Road Rage – Ignore bad drivers – don’t retaliate! Keep yourself and passengers safe! Refrain from flashing your headlights or honking.

Watch Your Speed – Slow Down – Stay close to posted speed limits. Higher speeds increase your chance of collisions – death & injury. Our vehicles are not made for crashing,

Watch Out for RED Light Runners – Use Caution at Lighted Intersections, when you get a green light – wait and look in all directions several times before entering the intersection.

Watch Out for STOP Sign Runners – come to a complete stop, this is the easiest ticket given and the easiest to avoid by stopping. Don’t assume others will stop.

Be a good safety role model – Remember your children will drive like you1
Gift Buying – If you purchase a bike, scooter, skates, etc. as a gift – purchase a “helmet” as well!

*Check the insurance tip on this website.

Stay Alert – Stay Alive!


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Non-Alcoholic Drink Recipes

Posted on 10 November 2019 by Monica Zech

Non-Alcoholic Drinks Coming Up!

I’m happy to say that serving non-alcoholic drinks is becoming more and more popular!  Not only at home parties but alcohol-free bars are apparently popping up all over the country, the “sober curious” hashtag is sweeping social media, and according to Pinterest, searches for the term “refreshing summer drinks nonalcoholic” were up 118% last month…that’s encouraging news for the safety of our roadways!

Why not start a new trend to show your guests they can have a delicious time without the alcohol!  It’s a good feeling you’ve taken steps to increase the chances of your guests getting home safely.  See party host tips at the bottom.

There are drinks that taste like drinks with alcohol, these are called “mocktails”  and you can also serve some very tasty punches that your guests will enjoy.

The following pages and links will take you to non-alcoholic drink recipes:

From the Taste of Home:

30 Non-Alcoholic Party Drinks

From bon appetit:


From my recipes:

From Welch’s:


Non-Alcoholic Egg Nog:

Old Fashioned Non Alcoholic Eggnog

From the Auto Club:


If you love pineapple:

Hosting A Party
Being a good party host also requires careful planning!

Have invitations asking quests:
• To have a sober designated driver to get them home
• Have a shuttle prepared to give rides home
• Have a place for guests to stay the night.
• Advise car keys will be surrendered at the door if alcohol has been consumed.

Menu – have more food than booze! Highlight entrees and desserts!

Beverages – Have fun tasty non-alcoholic drinks on hand, a tasty punch, a variety of soda pop and of course water! Coffee – but coffee will not sober up someone who’s been drinking, only time will do that.

Thank you,

Monica Zech

Stay Alert- Stay Alive!

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Uninsured Motorist Insurance Coverage – A Must Have!

Posted on 09 November 2019 by Monica Zech

Important information…

It’s time to check your motorist insurance policy.  The BIG question, for your protection, do you have “uninsured/underinsured” motorist insurance coverage???

It’s important to make sure you and your passengers are well covered if you’re involved in a collision.   A must-have should the driver at fault has little or “no” insurance.  The minimum insurance coverage in California is only $15,000 to obtain a driver’s license.  This does not cover much if you are transported by ambulance to the hospital with serious injuries.

This coverage is a must-have according to the Padilla Law Group.  Please click on the following link for a clear explanation of the importance of this insurance coverage.

UM Handout

Thank you to the Padilla Law Group for providing this valuable information.






Please Note:  The following is a link to a news story reported on November 14, 2019.  It’s regarding a man who was seriously injured by a driver who had the minimum insurance coverage of $15-thousand.  His medical bills were almost $100-thousand.  If he had the above coverage, his bills would have been taken care of, if not lower.  At least $1-million coverage is recommended.

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