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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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Photo Library – Through the Years

Posted on 30 November 2021 by Monica Zech

Photo Library – Through The Years

I am sharing some fun photos and special honors during my career. I feel so blessed and grateful for the many opportunities I’ve been given in my career!

(1984-2001) – I’m proud to have been San Diego’s 1st female Air Traffic Reporter and San Diego’s first Television Air Traffic Reporter. I worked for the Automobile Club of Southern California, contracting with local radio and television stations.





My first Public Relations picture was as an air traffic reporter for the Automobile Club of Southern California.







Climbing into our Bell Jet Ranger traffic helicopter at Montgomery field.







I felt so blessed to have such a fantastic job flying over San Diego – my office in the sky!











From my first year as an air traffic reporter with my pilot Captain Dennis Hottenstien.


In 1985, I co-hosted a United Way event with baseball great Steve Garvey at the Old Globe Theater – that was a fun evening!








Below, I had the honor of meeting former San Diego Charger Coach Don Coryell. I was so excited to meet him, but I was stunned when he said he was excited to meet me and tell his wife he had met me. He coached the Chargers from 1978 to 1986. Unfortunately, he passed away in 2010 at the age of 85.










In 2016 I was very honored to be given the first honorary Associate of Arts degree by Grossmont College. It was Grossmont’s first honorary degree ever given at the College. Thank you for this incredible honor!










In 2010, I was invited by the PTA of a Private High School in Miami, Florida, to deliver one of my safe driving talks to their students; they especially wanted me to target the dangers of “texting” behind the wheel. They had this wonderful banner made to promote my presentation at the school. I first spoke to the students at a noon assembly and was scheduled to talk to their parents later that evening. I was forewarned not to expect very many parents to attend. But, to their surprise, it was “standing room only!” Apparently, students insisted that their parents come to see my presentation, and many of them returned to see it again. It was a very successful trip!










In 2001, I was honored to be the El Cajon Fire Department’s first Public Information Officer (PIO) and safety educator. In 2005, I became the City’s first PIO.











Following 9/11, it was such an honor to meet several New York City firefighters who came to provide fire training classes at the fire training facility in El Cajon. In the picture is my daughter Victoria and a New York City Firefighter.









In 1994, I was honored to be the first female emcee of the Fairest of the Fair pageant for the Del Mar Fair, now the San Diego County Fair. For the first 49 years, the pageant had a male emcee, so it was quite an honor. My father would have been so proud to have been there; he loved the Del Mar Fair. Unfortunately, he was killed by a DUI driver two years before this event. I’m sure he was smiling down at me.











Below, I was given this beautiful crown as a thank-you gift for emceeing the Miss La Jolla Fairest of the Fair pageant.






On November 5, 1993, I was invited to be the Guest of Honor at the Recruit Training Command at the Naval Training Center (NTC) – this was the second to last graduating class before the Naval Training Center officially closed. It was an emotional day in which they also paid tribute to my father. Sadly, he was killed a year before this special event. My father graduated from NTC when he came to San Diego and joined the Navy in the 1940s.







At a freeway opening, I was the emcee of this special event for Caltrans. Then-Senator Lucy Killea thanked me for my work as an air traffic reporter and for promoting safety in the air and the community. I was so honored by her remarks.











I was honored to be the emcee for the official opening of the Otay Mesa Border Crossing in 1983.











In the mid-80s, I was invited to speak to Chase Avenue Elementary in El Cajon students in this first photo. I talked to them about my job as an air traffic reporter and the importance of safety. I found this great sign in front of the school when I arrived. Wow-quite a welcome!























I was invited to the school by this young lady “Monica Ambrose.” She presented me with these beautiful flowers as a thank you! She is now grown up with a beautiful family of her own.









As part of my safety educator duties for the El Cajon Fire Department, I had the incredible opportunity to educate our young people on fire safety. One of my favorite events was the 3rd Grade Home Escape Plan Poster contest. Pictured here is one of our 1st Place winners. During my first year of talking to 3rd-grade classes about the importance of having a home escape plan, I’ll never forget a comment from one of the students after my presentation. A young girl walked up to me while students were leaving the assembly and said proudly, “When I grow up, I want to be just like you!” I almost cried; I thanked her as she hugged me!” I knew then I had decided to leave my career in broadcasting and join the fire department. Additional duties included fire investigation, conducting fire inspections, and talking to the media.


Meeting some additional celebrities – 

While hosting a Cable Showed called “Outlook on the Physically Challenged” with co-host R. David Smith, we were given an award by actor Michael Landon.







I was a big fan of the TV show “CHIPS” – it was great meeting Erik Estrada.








It was also fun meeting Jerry Mathers “the Beav” from the old Television show “Leave It to Beaver.”







And it was a treat meeting actor Mario Lopez from “Saved by the Bell.”
















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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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