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Quit Alcohol.Com – Dangers Of Drinking & Driving

Posted on 30 November 2012 by Monica Zech

It is my pleasure to introduce a new website dedicated to educating the public on the dangers of driving under-the-influence of alcohol and other drugs.  Please click on the following link:

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Fire Safety Information From Cal Safe

Posted on 06 October 2012 by Monica Zech

I’m often asked by businesses about the proper care and service of their fire extinguishers…and what company would I recommend.  Here’s a great resource for those in the Calfiornia region to stay on top of fire safety rules and regulations, and fire safety over all for your workplace. 

Information comes from the trained experts registered with CAL Safe, with a link to the State Fire Marshal. 

Visit their website:

How fires start?

Fire Prevention:

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Motorcycle Safety Dedication

Posted on 12 August 2012 by Monica Zech

The motorcycle safety information on my website and in my safe driving lectures are dedicated to “two” special people – both were killed while riding their motorcycles.


Motorcycle Safety Instructor & A Good Friend Paul Palika

Dedicated to a long time friend in safety Paul Palika.  He was heavily involved in motorcycle safety training for the military and for civilians.  We worked together numerous times doing safety presentations for several years.  Sadly, he was killed on March 12. 2011, on the 805 near Balboa Avenue while riding his motorcycle in the rain.  A vehicle driving way too fast for the rainy conditions spun out in front of Paul.  He struck the car and was thrown from his bike and killed.


Eric Joshua Dobles - this photo was taken the day of his graduation from Camp Pendleton's Boot Camp. Taken the day before he was killed on his motorcycle

On October 11, 2011, Eric Joshua Dobles, age 20,  had just graduated from Camp Pendleton’s Marine Boot Camp the day before. He is pictured here with his very proud family in the above photo …again, taken the day before he died.  According to his family, he always wanted to own and ride a motorcycle.  Before getting the proper training, he bought a motorcycle and attempted to ride it home.  According to police Eric struck a parked vehicle on Jamacha Road, north of E. Main Street, and was killed.  His family is devastated.

It is your choice to ride a motorcycle, but please get the proper training, special drivers license and insurance needed to ride a motorcycle.  Also be aware of the many dangers involved when riding a motorcycle.  Wear a full helmet, wear the proper clothing.  Also realize there is “zero” protection for your body when riding on a motorcycle…these are the worse crash scenes I respond to.

Motorcycle Safety website:

Please be safe!

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Motorcycle Safety Training Website

Posted on 04 July 2012 by Monica Zech

Crash scenes involving a motorcyclist are often the most tragic crash scenes I see.

If you plan to ride a motorcycle – please make sure you get the proper training.  The following website can help:

Please be safe!

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Teen Website On Driving

Posted on 10 April 2012 by Monica Zech

I just became aware of another safe driving website targeting teens – take a look:

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MADD Information

Posted on 02 January 2012 by Monica Zech

Sadly – thousands are killed and injured in DUI related crashes every year.  If you’ve been impacted by this preventable crime please contact MADD for “free” (priceless) help.  They helped me and my family when my father was killed by a DUI driver on June 5, 1992.

Here is MADD’s San Diego Office:

10731 TREENA STREET, #100
SAN DIEGO, CA 92131 (map)
Phone: 858.564.0780
Fax: 858.564.0786

Steve Lykins, Executive Director of MADD

To contact Steve, call 858-564-0780 x304,

DD’s Office in San Diego if you need their help or would like to volunteer:

Do Not furnish alcohol to those under age 21 – do you know the “Social Host” law?  Here is the information from MADD:

MADD – Mothers Against Drinking & Driving

Visit their website:

If you or a loved one has been the victim of a drunk driving incident you can call the  24/7 Victim Services Hotline at  1-877-MADD-HELP


Victims Impact Panel – VIP Panel Information – or scroll down for the schedule:

Victim Impact Panels

MADD San Diego County conducts seven Victim Impact Panels monthly, 4 in English and 3 in Spanish, in the four county courthouses.  There is no pre-registration.  Panels are not held on court holidays or when the courts are closed.

Early arrival is recommended.  Seating is limited, particularly at the El Cajon and Chula Vista locations.

The schedule is as follows:

Chula Vista Courthouse Jury Lounge, 500 Third Avenue, 91910

English  3rd Tuesday evening  4:45 PM   Spanish  4th Tuesday evening  4:45 PM

El Cajon Courthouse Jury Lounge, 250 East Main Street, 92020

English  3rd Thursday evening  4:45 PM

San Diego Hall of Justice Jury Lounge, 330 West Broadway, 92101

English   2nd Tuesday evening  6 PM   Spanish  3rd Wednesday evening 6 PM

Vista Courthouse Jury Lounge, 325 South Melrose, 92083

English  4th Wednesday evening 4:45 PM   Spanish  2nd Wednesday evening 4:45 PM

●A $20 donation is suggested●

For additional details call the Victim Impact Panel information line at: (858) 564-0785.

MADD San Diego County (858) 564-0780

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Stressed, Depressed, Thoughts Of Suicide?

Posted on 05 August 2011 by Monica Zech

Please read this section carefully – there is hope, and a lot of people do care about you…including me!
Suicide affects not only the individual. The devastating impact reaches far beyond those who take their own lives.
People in suicidal danger should call 911. Help is also available by calling the County’s Access and Crisis Line at (800) 479-3339 or visiting
A new website ; offers information, resources and help to men who might be going through some very difficult times in their lives.Risk factors of suicide include talking of hurting or killing oneself, divorce, separation, family stress, loss of health, job or home, increasing alcohol or drug use, and isolation from family and friends.
“When people feel hopeless, helpless, and desperate, they might feel no sense of future, no way to make it better,” said Jeff Rowe, Supervising Psychiatrist for the County Mental Health Services. “When a friend or a loved one comes to you for help, take it seriously. Ask if he or she is having thoughts of suicide or ending it all. That simple conversation can make the difference between life and death.”
People in suicidal danger should call 911. Help is also available by calling the County’s Access and Crisis Line at (800) 479-3339 or visiting
Outreach On The Suicide Issue:
  • A group that should be invited to speak in ALL schools, especially high schools, is the Light for Life Foundation. They have excellent speakers – all with a powerful message to students on suicide prevention. For more information about their program and speakers please call their local office at (760) 635-5904.  Keep the following information handy: Call the San Diego 24 hour Crisis Hotline at 1(800)479-3339, or the National Hotline at 1(888)SUICIDE, (784-2433) *If you are in need and don’t know how to ask for help please call their hotlines.
*Also visit their web site Yellow Ribbon San Diego. Suicide is the number one cause of un-natural death in San Diego county…especially among pre-teens, teens & seniors.

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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!  

Take the pledge:

Thank you and stay safe!

Monica Zech

Safe Driving Educator

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