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Remembering My Father During June

Posted on 19 June 2022 by Monica Zech

In memory – June is a busy and challenging month for me. On June 5, 2022, was the 30th anniversary of my father’s death – the day he was called home to heaven. My dad was a pedestrian when he was struck and killed by a repeat DUI driver. Dad was just 63 years young. It may have been 30 years, but the pain stays with you when his death was 100% preventable. It seems like yesterday, as the saying goes.

The 23-year-old DUI driver had a BAC of .16 – “twice” over the legal limit, and he was driving on a suspended license due to his previous DUIs. The DUI driver went around the car that had stopped for my father, striking and killing him – it was the driver’s 4th DUI arrest – it finally took my father’s life to stop him. Despite the DUI driver’s BAD driving record, he was sentenced to just four years in prison; he was released LESS than a year and a half later.
My father’s death devastated our family, especially me – I was daddy’s girl! He would often tell me how proud he was of me and loved that I spoke to the military on safe driving. Although difficult, I share his loss in my safe driving talks, but I’m comforted by my faith, knowing I’ll see my father again when I’m called home. I also share his loss here on social media, especially before the holidays, hoping to do my part in reducing DUI-related collisions on our roadways.It was the military that brought my dad to San Diego and he was a very proud Navy man, another reason I love speaking to our military. I feel closer to my dad whenever I talk to our military heroes.It’s a tough month, not only the month my father was killed but it’s followed by Father’s Day and my dad’s birthday on June 24; he would have been 94. I wish I could give my father a tie for Father’s Day, but it’s flowers for his grave for now 30 years. I love you, daddy, and I know you’re always watching over me!*In memory of my father and all those who have died at the hands of a DUI driver, please don’t drink and drive. If your plans include consuming alcoholic beverages or other drugs such as marijuana, plan ahead for a SOBER designated driver to do all the driving.

If you’d like to schedule a safe driving talk for your group, business, school, or Military base please send me an email at [email protected]


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Stay Alert-Stay Alive – Safe Driving Talks

Posted on 07 February 2022 by Monica Zech

Stay Alert – Stay Alive!

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.   

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 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, 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, 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

Honored to be San Diego’s first female airborne traffic reporter & San Diego’s first Television traffic reporter.

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Recognizing Your Worth – Motivational

Posted on 21 August 2021 by Monica Zech

I absolutely love this! This should be shared with everyone needing words of encouragement, especially if you’re stuck at a miserable job.
Recognizing your worth…
A father said to his daughter “You have graduated with honors, here is a Jeep I bought many years ago. It is pretty old now. But before I give it to you, take it to the used car lot downtown and tell them I want to sell it and see how much they offer you for it.”
The daughter went to the used car lot, returned to her father and said, “They offered me $1,000 because they said it looks pretty worn out.”
The father said, now “Take it to the pawnshop.” The daughter went to the pawnshop, returned to her father, and said,” The pawnshop offered only $100 because it is an old Jeep.”
The father asked his daughter to go to a Jeep club now and show them the Jeep. The daughter then took the Jeep to the club, returned, and told her father,” Some people in the club offered $100,000 for it because “it’s an iconic Jeep and sought by many collectors.”
Now the father said this to his daughter, “The right place values you the right way,” If you are not valued, do not be angry, it means you are in the wrong place. Those who know your value are those who appreciate you……Never stay in a place where no one sees your value.
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