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Parents Of Teen Who Died Texting & Driving

Posted on 05 March 2012 by Monica Zech

Parents of teen who died texting and driving: ‘Kids think they’re invincible’…Bright, outgoing college teen Taylor Sauer proved in the last minutes of her life she knew right from wrong — but still committed a fatal mistake.  Click on the following link to see their story:

http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/46627015/vp/46626165#46626165

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Attention Parents & Teens – Tragic Story Involving Helium

Posted on 26 February 2012 by Monica Zech

Oregon Teen Dies After Inhaling Helium at Party
It’s a common party trick, but the death exposes the real dangers of inhaling helium, especially from a pressurized tank.  Click on the following link for the full story:

http://www.emsworld.com/news/10633017/oregon-teen-dies-after-inhaling-helium-at-party?cmpid=email_CPS120224006&utm_source=EMS+Weekly+Recap&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=CPS120224006

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Increase Seen In Teen Driver Deaths During 2011

Posted on 19 February 2012 by Monica Zech

WASHINGTON, D.C.—A report released on February 16, 2012 by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) reveals that the number of 16- and 17-year-old driver deaths in passenger vehicles increased slightly for the first six months of 2011, based on preliminary data supplied by all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Overall, 16- and 17-year-old driver deaths increased from 190 to 211 – an 11 percent increase. If the trend continued for the second half of 2011, it will mark the end of eight straight years of cumulative declines in deaths for this age group.  Click on the word “report” or insert the following link in your address search bar.

http://www.ghsa.org/html/media/pressreleases/2012/20120216_teens.html

 

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Home Escape Plan Saves Family

Posted on 23 June 2011 by Monica Zech

Having a home escape plan saved the family of a well known country singer, click on the following link:

http://www.cnn.com/2011/SHOWBIZ/celebrity.news.gossip/06/05/trace.adkins.fire/index.html?iref=allsearch

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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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Distracted Driving – A Deadly Problem – Take The Pledge!

Posted on 30 April 2010 by Monica Zech

Yes – “distracted driving” is a nation-wide problem!  It injures and kills motorists and pedestrians every day!!! 

I talk about distracted driving in my driving safety lectures, but I’ve also been the victim of distracted drivers (3) times in my driving career.  First, I was hit by someone who flew into a parking where I was, while he was looking down at paperwork and talking on a cell phone – I was able to hit the gas and clear my drivers’ side to avoid certain death.  Second,  I was on a freeway – when a driver was busy looking to his right talking to his passenger and failed to notice stopped traffic ahead, he rear-ended traffic while jumping in front of me.  The third, and hopefully the last,  a motorist ran a STOP sign by “two” car lengths coming off a freeway to a surface street, she was in a hurry and busy talking to her young daughter, she looked to her right and “failed” to look to her left as I approached from her left side with the “right of way” – jumping into my path…”that” crash almost paralyzed me.  I’ve got the scar from my $65-thousand neck surgery as lasting proof… so “yes” I know this problem all too well.  (By the way my alertness and seat-belt saved me in all three incidents.)  But sadly, I also respond to these incidents almost daily as a spokesperson for a police and fire department!

Please take a look at the following two websites, the second is Oprah’s “NO PHONE ZONE” campaign – please take the pledge, and have your family, friends, school, workplace, and civic groups “take the pledge!”  It is a matter of Life and Death!

www.distraction.gov  

Take the pledge:

http://www.oprah.com/questionaire/ipledge.html?id=4

Thank you and stay safe!

Monica Zech

Safe Driving Educator

monicazech@cox.net

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Alcohol & Other Drugs – What You Should Know

Posted on 08 March 2010 by Ron Cook

What You Need To Know About Alcoholism

Research shows that teens believe that using prescription drugs is
safer than using illegal drugs, because they are medication. They also
think that having and using prescription drugs is legal. These and other
myths may help fuel a recent increase in teen drug abuse. See more
information below.

Teen Prescription Drug Use Fueled by Myths

Experts examining the recent increase in prescription drug abuse by teens believe that the trend is fueled in part by myths and misunderstandings surrounding the drugs in general.
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‘It Won’t Happen to My Teen’

Many parents just do not want to believe that their children will become involved in the use of drugs, prescription or illegal. It’s one of the myths surrounding teen prescription drug abuse: it won’t happen to my child.
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More Bad News for Alcohol-Energy Drinkers


A recent study found that bar-hopping college students who mixed alcohol with energy drinks were more likely to be very intoxicated and more likely to drive while drinking.
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YOUR Teen Driver – YOUR Influence

Posted on 16 August 2009 by Ron Cook

Drive by the Rules.
Keep the Privilege.

Teens

Help connect parents of teen drivers to this easy-to-use resource by inviting them to sign up for the monthly Under YOUR Influence Newsletter and by creating a link on your web site and newsletters to this new resource.

To sign up to receive this monthly newsletter, visit here.

Help spread the word about this helpful resource! To invite others to visit the Under YOUR Influence site, click here.

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