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Posted on 06 August 2021 by Monica Zech

Many of us know of a friend, family member, or someone that’s suffering from a mental health ailment, co-occurring disorder, or addiction. To make things worse COVID continues and more people have turned to alcohol to cope with the unprecedented uncertainty and stress. Even though fewer people are driving, more have been using alcohol. This has, unfortunately, lead to a 9% increase in alcohol-related deaths on the road. The largest jump since 2007 according to MADD, Mother’s Against Drunk Driving.

To answer your questions and information about resources, visit:

What to Know About Binge Drinking

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MADD is Here for You!

Posted on 12 March 2021 by Monica Zech

M.A.D.D.
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.

Home

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 victims of drugged and drunk driving crashes.

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 both 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, or Military Safety Stand-Down, contact MADD, we’re available to speak to your group!

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

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Uninsured Motorist Insurance Coverage – A Must Have!

Posted on 09 November 2019 by Monica Zech

Important information…

It’s time to check your motorist insurance policy.  The BIG question, for your protection, do you have “uninsured/underinsured” motorist insurance coverage???

It’s important to make sure you and your passengers are well covered if you’re involved in a collision.   A must-have should the driver at fault has little or “no” insurance.  The minimum insurance coverage in California is only $15,000 to obtain a driver’s license.  This does not cover much if you are transported by ambulance to the hospital with serious injuries.

This coverage is a must-have according to the Padilla Law Group. Please click on the following link for a clear explanation of the importance of this insurance coverage.

UM Handout

Thank you to the Padilla Law Group for providing this valuable information.

 

 

 

 

 

Please Note:  The following is a link to a news story reported on November 14, 2019.  It’s regarding a man who was seriously injured by a driver who had the minimum insurance coverage of $15-thousand.  His medical bills were almost $100-thousand.  If he had the above coverage, his bills would have been taken care of, if not lower.  At least $1-million coverage is recommended.

https://www.cbs8.com/article/news/local/san-diego-veteran-billed-nearly-100000-for-a-3-hour-hospital-visit/509-b762eb30-582e-4c86-8111-b5f81c4ef4f4?fbclid=IwAR1xIFyUyaLXhBJHWkXoDi1fYXN5n4GfhP_Y_Ura_7FLum0Rn0qgLBXrt00

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Victim of a DUI driver? There’s Help!

Posted on 04 August 2019 by Monica Zech

Contact MADD! They helped me and my family when my father was killed by a DUI driver in June of 1992. They helped us through the court system since we didn’t have a clue on our rights, on what to expect, or what to do next! 

Note: If you need a MADD speaker for your next meeting, you are welcome to contact me by email at [email protected] – or call (619) 219-9030.  I am a member of the MADD Speaker’s Bureau.  

Or, contact the MADD office in San Diego:

Program Specialist
Mothers Against Drunk Driving
California, San Diego Affiliate
9948 Hibert Street, Suite 107
San Diego, CA 92131

858-564-0780 ext.6664 direct
877-MADD-HELP victim support
877-572-5256 fax

MADD provides free services to victims of drunk and drugged driving. If you’ve been affected, please call our 24/7 Help Line 877-MADD-HELP or visit madd.org/help.

If you’re the victim of a DUI driver, or you’ve lost a loved one to a D.U.I. driver take action and call MADD at 1-800-GET-MADD.

*We must work together to stop the madness on our roadways…people are basically getting away with murder, even though they’ve heard over and over “don’t drink and drive!

When hosting a party:

You have the opportunity to educate by example that you don’t need alcohol to have a good time…but, make sure guests designate a SOBER driver if alcohol is being served, have them stay the night, or arrange to call a cab, UBER or Lyft driver. There’s a lot we can do to save lives by educating others of our loss! If you lost a friend, keep that friend’s death from going in vain by stopping others from drinking and driving – and never ride with someone who’s been drinking!

Also, as parents, we can also look at ourselves! Sadly, in the last several years, we’ve found more and more “parents” injuring and killing their own families while driving-under-the-influence.  My family’s safety means more to me than alcoholic beverages! So I don’t drink alcoholic beverages – it’s that simple! I’ve chosen to be a good safety role model for my daughter and others. So what are your priorities? Or, are you willing to take the risk? The risk of your family’s life!

Remember, you don’t have to be drunk to kill or injure. Alcohol is a “drug” – a “depressant”…a drug that immediately dulls the senses needed to be a safe driver! Also, always protect

yourself and your passengers by always buckling up and driving “alert”! Expect the unexpected!

 

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Latest News From the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

Posted on 01 July 2019 by Monica Zech

See the latest news from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety:

https://www.iihs.org/news

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Important Safety Web Sites

Posted on 16 January 2019 by Monica Zech

The following are web sites I highly recommend that offer important safety information:

  • Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is an independent, nonprofit, scientific and educational organization dedicated to reducing the losses — deaths, injuries, and property damage — from crashes on the nation’s highways. Excellent web site!
  • MADD – Mother’s Against Drunk Driving MADD 24-Hour Live Helpline.  This number provides emotional support, guidance, and referrals are now available to victims/survivors of drunk driving, as well as friends and families, around the clock through a toll-free helpline. If you are a victim of drunk driving in need of assistance, please call MADD’s toll-free helpline at 1-877-MADD-HELP to speak with a counselor who is ready to help you.
  • Mesothelioma.net – Comprehensive information on mesothelioma cancer and the dangers of asbestos – www.mesothelioma.net
  • Educate Yourself about mesothelioma.  Learn everything you need to know about mesothelioma through many numerous resources and informational books for patients and their loved ones. Go to: https://www.asbestos.com/mesothelioma/
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration – NHTSA is responsible for reducing deaths, injuries and economic losses resulting from motor vehicle crashes.  This is accomplished by setting and enforcing safety performance standards for motor vehicles and through grants to state and local governments to enable them to conduct effective local highway safety programs.
  • NationalRoadSafety.org The National Road Safety Foundation, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3)non-profit charitable organization dedicated to reducing collisions, death, and injuries on our nation’s highways by promoting safe driving habits through greater public awareness.
  • SAFER Car.gov another excellent site for checking the safety of the vehicle you already own – or are looking to buy. How would your vehicle stand up to a collision? Check here!

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Non-Alcoholic Drinks for the Road Recipes

Posted on 10 January 2019 by Monica Zech

Non-Alcoholic Drinks for Year-Round Safety!

I’m happy to say that serving non-alcoholic drinks are becoming more and more popular!  People are realizing you can still have a fun time without the booze – and at the same time – save lives!  I’ll say cheers to that!

Not only are home parties becoming alcohol-free, but alcohol-free bars are also popping up all over the country, the “sober curious” hashtag is sweeping social media, and according to Pinterest, searches for the term “refreshing summer drinks nonalcoholic” were up 118% last month…that’s encouraging news for the safety of our roadways!

Why not start a new trend to show your guests they can have a delicious time without the alcohol!  It’s a good feeling you’ve taken steps to increase the chances of your guests getting home safely.  See party host tips at the bottom.

There are drinks that taste like drinks with alcohol, these are called “mocktails”  and you can also serve some very tasty punches that your guests will enjoy.

The following pages and links will take you to non-alcoholic drink recipes:

From the Taste of Home:

30 Non-Alcoholic Party Drinks

From bon appetit:

https://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/slideshow/homemade-nonalcoholic-cocktails

From my recipes:

https://www.myrecipes.com/t/drinks/non-alcoholic

From Welch’s:

http://www.welchs.com/recipes/sparkling-holiday-punch?utm_Medium=google&utm_source=cpc&utm_campaign=Sparkling-FY18&utm_term=easy%20punch%20recipes&utm_content=Sparkling%20-%20Sparkling%20Punch%20Recipe&gclid=CjwKCAiAh5_uBRA5EiwASW3IaolJ3QUnPOcPdhHMYhgsS5qyyhVVMgk-FLO8APNktghAe24GDXa3wBoCfa8QAvD_BwE

Non-Alcoholic Egg Nog:

Old Fashioned Homemade Eggnog

From the Auto Club:

http://www.aaa.com/aaa/049/publicaffairs/aaa_party_ebook.pdf

If you love pineapple:

https://www.yummly.com/recipes/pineapple-punch-non-alcoholic

Hosting A Party
Being a good party host also requires careful planning!

Have invitations asking quests:
• To have a sober designated driver to get them home
• Have a shuttle prepared to give rides home
• Have a place for guests to stay the night.
• Advise car keys will be surrendered at the door if alcohol has been consumed.

Menu – have more food than booze! Highlight entrees and desserts!

Beverages – Have fun tasty non-alcoholic drinks on hand, a tasty punch, a variety of soda pop and of course water! Coffee – but coffee will not sober up someone who’s been drinking, only time will do that.

Thank you,

Monica Zech

Stay Alert- Stay Alive!

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Very Special Links For Students, Parents & Educators!

Posted on 27 December 2018 by Monica Zech

American Lung Association – (619) 297-3901 – They have a bus with various parts of the lung and how it works inside – www.lungusa.org

American Heart Association – (619) 291-5707 Educational information reducing heart attack, stroke and CPR courses – www.heartsource.org

American Red Cross – Disaster/Earthquake Preparedness information – also for first aide and CPR courses call (619) 440-7813 or visit their web site – https://www.redcross.org/local/california/san-diego.html

New baby? Have questions? Contact the experts at Johnson & Johnson at – www.baby.com

Recalls On Products? As your family begins to use items received as holiday gifts, the National SAFE KIDS Campaign encourages you to visit www.recalls.gov to keep up with all the latest product recalls.

Burn Institute – (858) 541-2277, FAX – (858) 541-7179, Burn Prevention – www.burninstitute.org

California Dept. of Forestry – (619) 590-3100 – Protecting homes from Wildland Fire – Smokey Bear & Sparky The Dalmatian mascot characters. www.fire.ca.gov

California Highway Patrol – (619) 401-2000 – Chipper mascot, safe driving information, coloring books for kids. www.chp.ca.gov

G.R.A.S.P. – www.grasphelp.com– For any further information, please contact Russ or Pat : (619) 656-8414. email : [email protected] GRASP (Grief Recovery After a Substance Passing) was created to help provide sources of help, compassion and most of all, understanding, for families or individuals who have had a loved one die as a result of drugs.

Pacific Safety Center – Located in San Diego, the Pacific Safety Center addresses a number of safety issues, on the job training and safety car seats – http://www.psc411.com/

Protect A Teen – (760) 789-6040 – Program for new teen drivers, working to reduce the death rate among teens – www.ProtectATeen.org

San Diego Blood Bank – (619) 296-6393 (Bloodmobile) Info on donating and Bone Marrow program – www.sandiegobloodbank.org

Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program – (760) 635-5904 -A very important program addressing depression and suicide issues. www.yellowribbonsd.org

 

Additional sites in finding more information regarding DUI and other safety concerns:

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
www.nhtsa.dot.gov

National Commission Against Drunk Driving www.ncadd.com

Students Against Destructive Decisions www.saddonline.com

Governors Highway Safety Association www.CHSA.org

National Safety Council www.nsc.org

Mothers Against Drunk Driving www.madd.org

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