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MADD is Here for You!

Posted on 12 March 2021 by Monica Zech

 

 

MADD is here for you!
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) ‘s mission is to end drunk driving, help fight drugged driving, support the victims of these violent crimes, and prevent underage drinking.

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MADD – Local Office:

San Diego Office Address: 9948 Hibert Street, #107
San Diego, CA 92131
Hours:
Open: M-F: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Phone: (858) 564-0780

Are you or someone you know a victim of a DUI collision? 

Victim Services provided at No Charge – MADD strives to provide as many services as possible to drugged and drunk driving crashes victims.

Listed below are some examples of services that MADD may be able to provide. The actual services provided will be based on availability.

  • Offer emotional support to those impacted by phone, in person, or via email.
  • Provide a wide selection of free brochures and literature, available in English and Spanish related to the crash’s aftermath.
  • Provide information, education, and assistance in understanding the various laws related to drunk and drugged driving laws in your area.
  • Education on the criminal justice process and court proceedings
  • Assistance with preparation of a Victim Impact Statement to present at the sentencing of the offender. Depending on availability, sometimes MADD can accompany you to a court or if you are unable to attend, keep you informed of the legal proceedings
  • Assist victims in understanding their rights as a victim and completing an application for Crime Victims Compensation
    Assist in preparing statements for parole hearings or probation hearings
  • Referrals to local community resources, including but not limited to support groups, crisis professional counselors, and civil attorneys.

 

MADD was there for my family and me when a DUI driver killed my father on June 5, 1992. (My father pictured here) MADD helped us through the court process, what to expect and what our rights were.  We are eternally grateful for their valuable support.  Since then, I’ve been a MADD guest speaker and supporter of MADD.

 

If you are looking for a MADD speaker for your group, class, company, or Military Safety Stand-Down, don’t hesitate to get in touch with MADD, we’re available to speak to your group!

MADD San Diego Office number: Phone: (858) 564-0780

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Stay Alert-Stay Alive – Safe Driving Talks

Posted on 11 March 2021 by Monica Zech

Stay Alert – Stay Alive!

Are you familiar with the term “situational awareness?”  It’s being aware of your surroundings and the potential hazards you may encounter.  My thought-provoking, informational, and inspirational, safe driving presentations will help make you more aware of the dangers that often lead to collisions – vital information, whether driving, riding, or walking.   

See why traffic collisions continue to be the number one 9-1-1 emergency call for first responders.  This new awareness will help you avoid (or stop) bad driving habits to “reduce” your collision risk factor – making you a better – more alert driver and pedestrian!  Be advised traffic fatalities have gone up dramatically during 2020 and 2021.

Corporate Speaker for Companies – Program Planners:  My presentation will help reinforce your company’s safe driving policies – especially for employees driving company vehicles, such as no texting or other cell phone use while driving.  I’ll also make you aware of some critical issues when driving “company” vehicles.

I take the place of two speakers, providing a professional perspective from emergency responders’ eyes – and as a victim, sharing personal experiences with some of the major issues I cover.

Military Safety Stand-downs – Safety Officers: I offer hard-hitting talks for your safety stand-downs, especially before and during the holidays. Emphasizing the dangers and impact of driving under the influence of alcohol and other drugs, driving distracted (texting), and the risks of riding motorcycles. My speaker’s fee is waived for our Military heroes within San Diego County. Outside the County – I may require travel and boarding expenses as needed.  

Colleges/High Schools: I can cover specific topics by requesting a presentation for your group or class. My talks can range from 20, 30, or 60 minutes, up to 3 hours or more, for your company conference or military safety stand-down. I continually update my discussions with the latest stats, pictures, videos, and latest news stories to help drive home the message.  High Schools – my talk is ideal before proms, for “Every 15 Minutes” programs, and before graduations.  When speaking to colleges, my talk is perfect for fraternities, sororities, and health science courses, etc.

*I share my experience as a former spokesperson for police and fire and as a veteran air traffic reporter for local television and radio. In addition, I continue to work with crash scene investigators, the Medical Examiner’s Office, and local and National Safety organizations for my research.

Some of the topics covered:

  • Distracted driving – texting, cellphones, and more (our #1 problem)
  • Dangers of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, marijuana, and other drugs
  • Motorcycle safety
  • Stress & Road Rage – how to curb the rage
  • Aggressive Driving – examples
  • Red Light Runners & Red-Light Photo Enforcement – video examples
  • Dangers of Rolling through STOP Signs – examples
  • Dynamics of a crash – what are the significant factors that cause injury & death in crashes
  • Importance of obeying traffic laws made for our safety
  • Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Insurance Protection
  • Importance of wearing seat belts
  • Types of crashes – rollover, side-impact, rear-ender, etc.
  • Car Seat Safety – Remember your precious cargo
  • Dangers of Speed
  • Driving company vehicles
  • Know who you are riding with
  • Pedestrian Safety
  • Being a good safety role model for your family – especially your future teen drivers – (great for parenting groups)

Personal Impact Stories:

  • Losing my father to a DUI driver in June of 1992
  • My daughter was injured in a collision by a DUI driver in February of 2005
  • I was the victim of a STOP sign runner in August of 2003 – a crash that should have paralyzed me.
  • Drivers have hit me on their cellphones – I’m well aware of the dangers

Note: I speak on behalf of ALL those killed and injured in crashes every day!

For references, please see the comment section of this website to see audience feedback from previous talks—additional references offered by request.

Most of my talks are in the San Diego County area of Southern California, but I’m also available to speak outside the city & state by request!  Virtual presentations are available.

Email your speaker request to [email protected], or call me at (619) 219-9030.

Talks outside of San Diego have taken me to; Los Angeles, Long Beach, Corona, El Centro, Riverside, Miami, Florida, Portland, Oregon, Rhode Island, Wyoming, Lyndhurst, New Jersey, and Fallon Naval Base in Reno, Nevada, to name a few.

Please visit the “CONTACT” section on the top bar of this website’s opening page for my speaker’s fee, but keep in mind my fees are negotiable. Therefore, I can efficiently work within your budget.

Stay safe!
Monica Zech

Traffic Reporter Monica Zech

I’m honored to be San Diego’s first female airborne traffic reporter & San Diego’s first Television traffic reporter.

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