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Vaping and E-Cigs are not Safer than Cigarettes – Latest Report

Posted on 01 September 2019 by Monica Zech

I’m not surprised – but you may be…but vaping and e-cigarettes are not safer than cigarettes!  Click the following link for a very important story to share with family and friends.   As you read this story you’ll see there are over 400 cases being investigated of people with serious lung issues that may be linked to vaping.

https://people.com/health/17-year-old-boys-lungs-completely-blocked-from-vaping-doctors-say/?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=social-share-article&utm_content=20190828&utm_term=7236535&fbclid=IwAR3sP79WGvPQsHWcuBTCp0q7F65knRAIJZo54iok2c8etdmHCJjrzK2rop4

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Red Light Running Hits Deadly All Time High

Posted on 01 September 2019 by Monica Zech

As cities began turning off RED Light cameras, in San Diego, I personally saw the dramatic increase in red light runners at lighted intersections.   In the news, I also saw the rise of collisions involving red light runners.   A red light camera police officer told me several years ago, that there was a 300-percent increase in collisions at intersections the first time San Diego turned off red light cameras, the second and final time they turned off cameras, that same day, there was fatal crash when a nanny pushing a baby stroller was struck and killed by a red light runner.

In August of 2019, the Automobile Club of Southern California released a report on the dramatic increase in red light running fatalities at intersections.

Here are their findings: https://newsroom.aaa.com/2019/08/red-light-running-deaths-hit-10-year-high/

I cover this topic in my safe driving talks, alerting motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists to use extra caution at intersections:

  • Slow down for intersections – so drivers behind you will slow down.
  • When sitting at a red light and the light turns green for you – HOLD IT!  DON’T GO UNTIL IT’S SAFE TO GO!
  • Before going – “look” to your right and then left, and then look again – watch out for the red light runner who floored a block or two away.  They may be traveling 60 to 70 mph – that’s why crashes that occur are often fatal.

Stay Alert-Stay Alive!

Monica Zech

 

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Hot Weather Advisory – Never Leave Children or Pets in Vehicles

Posted on 05 August 2019 by Monica Zech

Heat Advisory: Please, never leave babies/children/elderly and pets alone in hot vehicles – it can quickly become a death trap. I’ve seen two pets left in vehicles this past week and was about to call 9-1-1 when the owners returned.

If you love them – don’t leave them!

http://news.aaa-calif.com/news/auto-club-warns-hot-cars-can-be-death-traps-for-kids-and-pets?fbclid=IwAR08D_ScSOFmLUH0nvZ54X6CPDhOIZJ6RDe_OyTJvKy9MpqaWvfA1C2-woI#.XUfqkeM5Mpo.facebook

 

 

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Curbing the Rage in Driving

Posted on 05 August 2019 by Monica Zech

I’m sure you’ve experienced or have seen angry drivers on our roadways.  The Automobile Club of Southern California offers some valuable advice on curbing the rage.

http://news.aaa-calif.com/news/survey-shows-nearly-80-of-drivers-express-significant-anger

Some tips I offer in dealing with road rage:

  • When someone cuts you off – let it go, don’t take it personally.
  • You cannot educate other on how to drive…it’s not worth the possible dangers if you get angry and honk, yell curse words, or use a variety of obscene hand gestures.
  • Remember – you endanger yourself and your passengers when you try to get even with other drivers.
  • Also, do not drive angry or in a bad mood.  Cool down, play some uplifting music, or have a picture of someone or something you love near the dashboard – and remember that person, your family, your favorite sport or vacation spot is MORE IMPORTANT than playing the road rage game.
  • Let karma get even for you – I see this all the time, someone cuts me off and then that bad driver is often cut-off by other drivers.

Sometimes I imagine that person driving badly or rudely is:

  • Running late for work and may be fired.
  • Responding to a family emergency.
  • Has a stomachache and needs to find a bathroom fast!
  • Maybe they were just served with divorce papers or given devastating news.
  • They’re just in a bad mood and mentally I wish them well.

Best – Be a courteous driver:

  • Control your anger.
  • Don’t take traffic problems personally – Let it go.
  • Avoid making eye contact with an aggressive driver.
  • Don’t make obscene gestures.
  • Don’t tailgate.
  • Use your horn sparingly — even a polite honk can be misinterpreted.
  • Don’t block the passing lane.
  • Don’t block the right turn lane.

Another incentive – the Road Rage Law – you could be arrested if you’re trying to get even with someone, running them off the roadway or deliberately hitting their vehicle with your vehicle.  Jail time and fines may be issued.

Stay Alert-Stay Alive!

Monica Zech

 

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Latest News From the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

Posted on 01 July 2019 by Monica Zech

See the latest news from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety:

https://www.iihs.org/news

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Learn the Facts About Distracted Driving

Posted on 01 July 2019 by Monica Zech

Learn the Facts about Distracted Driving from EndDD.org

https://www.enddd.org/the-facts-about-distracted-driving/

 

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April is “Distracted Driving Awareness Month”- But It’s a Year-Round Issue!

Posted on 13 April 2018 by Monica Zech

What Is Distracted Driving? Distracted driving is any activity that diverts attention from driving, including talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, fiddling with the stereo, entertainment or navigation system—anything that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving.

Texting is the most alarming distraction. Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for 5 seconds. At 55 mph, that’s like driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed. You cannot drive safely unless the task of driving has your full attention. Any non-driving activity you engage in is a potential distraction and increases your risk of crashing.

Consequences – Distracted driving is dangerous, claiming 3,166 lives in 2017 alone.  391,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers in 2015. During daylight hours, approximately 481,000 drivers are using cell phones while driving. That creates enormous potential for deaths and injuries on U.S. roads. Teens were the largest age group reported as distracted at the time of fatal crashes.

Click on the link below to learn more.  https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/distracted-driving

*Note: “I’ve been impacted three times drivers on their cell phones – so I personally know the dangers!”

Monica Zech

Safe Driving Speaker

 

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Feeling Sad, Stressed, Depressed? Important Numbers & Links To Prevent Suicide

Posted on 09 April 2018 by Monica Zech

Dear Friends,

Thank you for checking this posting.

Many of us have experienced the feeling of loss, sadness, depression, and stress…sometimes leading to thoughts of “suicide.”  The worst thing you can do is to drink alcoholic beverages – this will only make the problem seem bigger.  Alcohol is a drug – a depressant, thus making you depressed.

Please click on the following link for a story about “help” available in our County.  There is “hope” – and sometimes, by having a clear-rested mind, such as good nights sleep, the problem is not as bad as it first seemed.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-8255

If you’ve had thoughts that “no one cares” – “wrong” – I care about you, and that’s why I’m posting this very important link.  There is hope – here are additional resources.

http://www.suicideispreventable.org/

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