(San Diego, California) – “Stay Alert – Stay Alive” is the title of my presentation on safe driving – and what WE can do to reduce your collision RISK factor!”
I work to change driving behavior, to help drivers see what poor driving habits cause the injury and death we respond to everyday on our roadways. I speak on behalf of the emergency agencies I work with – and as a “victim.” Sadly, I lost my father to a DUI driver in 1992, and in 2005, my daughter was injured by a DUI driver. In addition, I was almost paralyzed by a STOP sign runner in 2003. “Texting” is now considered our number one driving distraction, so my talks are especially requested for company safety briefings & company conferences to reinforce their message of “no texting in company vehicles.” My presentations help to enhance company policies in helping to reduce the deep pocket lawsuits that have resulted when employees, while texting on the job, crashed into other motorists. My talks also help in everyday driving, since the number one reason a company will lose an employee is due to a traffic collision.
I provide a “professional and personal” perspective on what it takes to be safe! My experience comes from 18 years as an air traffic reporter, for Television & radio, and my ongoing research of traffic collisions in my current position as the public information officer for a police and fire department for the past 15 years. But, this research includes my own personal experience with three traffic related tragedies that have enhanced to my passion for safety. I fill the role of two speakers, as a professional – and as a victim.
Attention: Conference Planners – Company Safety Stand-down Coordinators (Business & Military) – Schools & Colleges:
I live and work in the San Diego County area of Southern California – but, I am available to speak outside the County and State by request. When speaking outside the County my speakers fee is negotiable. If transportation/airfare, or hotel is needed, that must be provided as well.
Note: I do not charge a fee when speaking to the Military, to schools, or to civic groups in the San Diego County area. Outside the County, I only ask that travel expenses be covered – including hotel, if needed.
My lectures provide a perspective most people don’t see – what “we” see as emergency responders. A perfect compliment to other safe driving programs companies use – but, once you’ve seen my talk, you’ll never look at traffic the same way again.
It is an eye-opening talk on what it takes to be safe while driving, riding or walking. I offer tips on how to reduce your chances of becoming another statistic!
My talks address aggressive driving, distracted driving (cell phones/texting), dealing with stress and road rage, the dangers of red light running, rolling through STOP signs, plus a hard hitting look on motorcycle safety, and the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol and other drugs.
These thought provoking life-saving tips will help to improve the driving skills of your employees, military personnel and students.
Driving is serious business – so I do not sugarcoat the message. But I can cater my talks to cover your specific message.
In discussing stress and road rage, I work with your own rage, or how to deal with those you encounter. I combine government research, my own research and observation of over 30 years in news broadcasting, 18 years as a traffic reporter and my 15 years as a Public Information Officer for firefighters & police for a City in San Diego County. I also add real-life “personal experiences” with traffic.
*I’m also available to speak to grade schools during Red Ribbon weeks, at DARE graduations, at “Every 15 Minute” assemblies & retreats, and speak to high school seniors prior to proms and graduations. In addition, I also offer motivational career talks.
Examples of some of the topics covered:
- Common mistakes made by drivers.
- The dangers of driving aggressively – speeding, stress & rage and impaired driving – from cell phones, texting – to driving under the influence.
- The deadly problem of Red Light Running and rolling through STOP signs. I explain how the Red Light Photo Enforcement system works.
- The importance of wearing seat belts
- The dynamics of a crash
- Dangers of speeding
- Driving under the influence of alcohol and other drugs
- In addition, I offer a “personal” perspective. With over 30 years of driving experience I’ve encountered more than anyone’s share of bad drivers that have resulted in minor to life threatening injuries. The most serious of my injuries was caused by a “STOP” sign runner. On the DUI subject – I loss my father to a DUI driver in June of 1992…and my daughter was injured by a DUI driver in February of 2005. So I know these issues first-hand.
- I do deal with reality – so some of my photos and videos can be powerful. I forewarn my audiences when a photo or video may be somewhat dramatic. Keep in mind, this straight forward approach is much more effective in curbing poor driving behavior that often leads to the injury and death we see in emergency response.
*Of course, for younger audiences, I do not use any graphic images.
*Please take a moment and look at my comments/feedback section and you’ll see the very positive comments I’ve gotten from previous talks.
“My goal is to make my audience aware of the dangers that surround us – so they can make better decisions whether they’re walking, are behind the wheel – or riding as a passenger.”
- Ideal for Company Conferences, Company Safety Briefings & Stand-downs. A perfect compliment to reinforce your safe driving message to your employees – especially for those who drive company vehicles.
- Military & Company Safety Stand-downs: I cover the biggest dangers on our roadways. Among them: TEXTING, DUI, motorcycles, road rage, pedestrian safety and more!
- College & Teen Talks: Traffic collisions are also the number one cause of death for high school and college students, but most die as “passengers”. I show the dynamics of a crash, and photos and videos that demonstrate the mistakes made by drivers everyday…and the consequences.
- Parenting Group Talks: YES – research shows “parents” are the direct role models for their children in most areas of life – “especially in the area of driving.” Sadly, research has also shown more and more parents are injuring and killing their own children while driving under the influence of alcohol – and/or speeding. I’ve been able to help parents be more aware of the dangers they’re putting their families in every day! The mixed messages we send as parents.
*Note: Please call me well in advance of your event for better availability.
Among some of the groups I speak to:
Schools (all grade levels)
Life Skills Classes
Driver education/training courses/traffic schools
Parenting Groups – (one of my favorites in developing better safety role models)
Company Safety Meetings/Briefings
Military Base Safety Stand-downs
Career Talks – Motivational and for those interested in careers in EMS-Emergency Medical Services
Two of many endorsements:
Sent: December 10, 2012
“Monica has spoken to my undergraduate Public Health students several times. She covers many aspects of safety, including texting and driving and drinking and driving. She also has spoken to my classes about the various professions associated with public health and safety.
Monica is an excellent speaker and definitely drives her point home! The students consistently evaluate her presentations as “informative, enlightening, beneficial, eye-opening, and thought-provoking.” Her knowledge on the subject is terrific. She is an articulate communicator. She is an engaging speaker and has no trouble keeping the students’ attention. Her content is age-appropriate for college students. Each time I listen to her presentation, I feel inspired by her words.
I believe you would be hard-pressed to find a more suitable and effective speaker. When Monica speaks, one cannot help but feel her passion and commitment. After hearing Monica’s presentation, I am sure that your student-athletes will leave the classroom a lot wiser and safer.”
Ph.D. Division Head, Undergraduate Public Health Program San Diego State University Graduate School of Public Health College of Health and Human Services San Diego, CA
Sent: February 6, 2012
Comment received follow a safe driving presentation in April 2013:
(04/26/13) – Monica; I want to thank for all the information you gave us here at Southern Indian Health in Alpine. I personally listened to every word you said, I then took that entire information home and told my husband, daughter and grandchildren and their friends. Thank God for you, that same evening my daughter was out and about with my grandchildren. She happened to be the first person stopped at a traffic light, when the light turned green she remained stopped and remembered what I had just told her of checking to make sure traffic stops before going with the green light – and about that time “a driver ran the red light” – and if she would have gone across, as she normally would have, who knows what the outcome would have been.
Keep up the fantastic work, and thank you so Very Much.