Archive | February, 2022

Stay Alert-Stay Alive – Safe Driving Talks

Posted on 07 February 2022 by Monica Zech

Stay Alert – Stay Alive!

Traffic fatalities continue to climb! My informational and inspirational safe driving presentations will help make you more aware of the dangers that often lead to collisions, whether Driving, riding, or walking – helping to reduce your “collision risk factor.”   

See why traffic collisions are the number one 9-1-1 emergency call for first responders. This new awareness will help you avoid (or stop) bad driving habits, making you a better – more alert driver and pedestrian! Be advised traffic fatalities have gone up dramatically from 2020 through 2022.

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 or I-pad use while driving. I’ll also inform you of some critical issues driving “company” vehicles.

I take the place of two speakers, providing a professional perspective from my work with emergency responders and as a victim, sharing my 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 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 the “Every 15 Minutes” program, and before graduations. When speaking to colleges, my talk is perfect for fraternities, sororities, 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. I’ve been offering safe driving presentations for 39 years; my information is constantly updated with the latest traffic trends and incidents.

The quote below is exactly why I love what I do!








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 – Researcher with NETS
  • 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 2005
  • I was the victim of a STOP sign runner in August of 2003 – a crash that should have paralyzed me.
  • I’ve been hit three times by drivers on their cellphones – so I am well aware of the dangers

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

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 also 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 am honored to be San Diego’s first female airborne traffic reporter & San Diego’s first Television traffic reporter.

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Alcohol, Depression, and Intervention – Resources

Posted on 07 February 2022 by Monica Zech

Find Drug & Alcohol Rehab Centers Near You – A Variety of Resources Provided Below:

If you or a loved one are struggling with an addiction to drugs and alcohol, get the help you need today. We will find a top-rated treatment program. 


From the “Addiction Experts,” a helpful resource on “intervention.”


A Resource to Help You Pay for Rehab

Paying for Rehab and Knowing Your Options – Rehab Spot’s overall goal is to provide trusted resources, relevant information, and referral services for addicted individuals and their families.

This new resource provides valuable information regarding “alcohol and depression.”

Please click on the following link for additional information.

Alcohol and Depression:

The following link can help you find a “rehab center” in your area.

Drug and Alcohol Detox Centers Directory – Find Detox Near You (


Drug Rehab & Alcohol Treatment Center in Massachusetts

NorthEast Addiction Treatment Center is an accredited Massachusetts Drug Rehab that provides guidance and treatment for individuals and family members who struggle with addiction. Our facility provides individuals with tailored treatment plans in a culturally humble and gender-responsive environment and evidence-based treatments for addiction, trauma, and co-occurring disorders.

Alongside our decades of knowledge in recovery treatments, we’re also proudly accredited by the Joint Commission, which is considered “The Gold Standard” in accreditation for behavioral health facilities and organizations.

Because of this, we strive to have our site be an educational resource by providing up-to-date, accurate, and evidence-based information related to addiction, substance abuse, mental health, and treatment on our blog. This is done to increase understanding and awareness of addiction – a disease that affects many.

Please don’t be afraid to reach out for help.

Community Outreach
Northeast Addictions Treatment Center


Additional Resource:

Defining Wellness Centers

What is Medical Detox from Alcohol and other Drugs?

It’s sad to see friends and family have a mental illness or substance misuse, especially nowadays when overdose deaths have topped 100,000 in the past year, according to the CDC. This is where we come in. My department does ongoing research,  writing and publishing educational articles covering subjects of alcoholism, substance misuse, and mental health.

Please take a look at our mental health and detox guide. It’s incredible to see how interconnected the body and mind are, especially when one-third of people with a physical health condition also suffer from some form of mental health ailment.

Get help today by calling – (855) 466-4146


Boca Recovery Center

A free web resource that provides information about addiction, pregnancy, eating disorders, and mental health issues.

Alcohol addiction is one of the most common substance use disorders. Many consider consuming alcohol a socially acceptable activity, but some struggle to monitor their consumption and suffer mental and physical consequences.

At Boca Recovery Center, we strive to help those struggling with alcohol addiction, inspiring the creation of our Alcohol Addiction guide. In the guide, we answer common questions like:

– What are the health impacts of alcoholism?
– How can you recognize alcohol addiction?
– What do detox and rehabilitation look like?
And more.

Please visit:


How To Deal With Depression: 11 Holistic & Clinical Approaches

Understanding how to deal with depression can help anyone affected by different kinds of clinical depression. Clinical approaches may include pharmaceuticals or behavioral therapy, while holistic methods may involve yoga, breathwork, and meditation.

Click on this link for resources from Free Rehab

How To Deal With Depression: 11 Holistic & Clinical Approaches –

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