Archive | January, 2011

Aggressive Driving – Research & Dedication

Posted on 31 January 2011 by Monica Zech

Durham Sprague

*In my safe driving lectures, I dedicate the subject of “aggressive driving” in memory of someone exceptional who an aggressive driver killed on September 1, 2000, his name is “Mr. Durham Sprague.” (Seated in the center above)  He was a retired Carlsbad Firefighter who raised four children, three sons and a wonderful daughter, a journalist, and one of my best friends – Jeannie!  (She’s seated on the far left in the picture above.)

Mr. Sprague was killed on northbound 805 in San Diego, California, near Murray Ridge as he attempted to merge into lanes.  An aggressive-reckless driver, speeding and weaving through traffic, struck Mr. Sprague’s vehicle causing him to roll off the freeway.  The driver who struck and killed Mr. Sprague had a history of reckless driving.

Sadly, aggressive driving kills and injures motorists every day on our roadways. Unfortunately, this type of driving often adds to the “road rage” factor.   My safety lecture addresses “aggressive driving” with valuable tips on how to curb “road rage.”

I talk about dealing with stress and road rage, either your anger or that of other drivers.  My lectures will open your eyes to the dangers and how you can reduce these dangers on our roadways.  The first thing to remember  – “We have NO control over other drives, but we do have control of our own actions.”  In the 1990’s I was honored to assist with research on road rage with San Diego State University, NETS-Network of Employers for Traffic Safety, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

I provide my audience with a “professional and personal” look at what it takes to increase your survival on our roadways! Also, how to avoid making the same mistakes others have made that caused their collision. My goal is to make you more aware of the problems surrounding us and reduce the “risk factors” of having a collision.

These talks have been in high demand for Military Safety Stand-downs, Company Safety Briefings and Conferences, driver education/training courses, Colleges, parenting classes, and more.  I do utilize some stats in my talks, but I put faces with those stats.  Most are local faces.   But, keep in mind – I don’t “sugar coat” the issues since my goal is to save lives!  (But of course, when speaking to young teens and young children, I am cautious.)

If you would like me to speak to your group, please email your request to [email protected] – or call me direct at (619) 219-9030.

Stay Alert – Stay Alive! 

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Report Animal Cruelty

Posted on 26 January 2011 by Monica Zech

County Joins Crime Stoppers to Reduce Animal Cruelty


January 26, 2010

The County of San Diego Department of Animal Services (DAS) is now working with San Diego County Crime Stoppers to help stop animal cruelty. DAS has established a reward fund to help pay tipsters who report acts of animal cruelty. A portion of the reward money is being provided by San Diego Animal Advocates.

Currently, DAS spends hundreds of hours each month investigating animal cruelty and neglect cases in San Diego County.

“We hope that this unique partnership will help reduce animal cruelty cases in our County,” said Lieutenant Daniel DeSousa of the Department of Animal Services. “We encourage everyone in our community to be our eyes and ears in the fight against animal cruelty.”

As part of the Crime Stoppers partnership, DAS will post decals on animal control vehicles to promote the program.

“Citizens will have the phone number readily available if they witness any acts of animal cruelty,” DeSousa said. “It also puts offenders on notice that people are watching.”

The program is simple. A tipster can call in anonymously to report an animal related crime. If an arrest is made and a reward has been authorized, the tipster is given directions on how to collect his or her reward.

Over the past 26 years, San Diego County Crime Stoppers has paid out more than a half million dollars to people whose tips closed more than 4,000 cases and led to the arrests of more than 2,800 people.

Anyone with information about animal cruelty can contact Crime Stoppers’ anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477. Anonymous web and text messages can be sent via

Crime Stoppers is offering rewards of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest in felony animal cruelty cases. 

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