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Dangers of Drunk Driving, Drowsy Driving, and Distracted Driving

Posted on 16 May 2022 by Monica Zech

Taking a Look At The Dangers of Drunk Driving, Drowsy Driving, and Distracted Driving.

A research article from Injury Trial Lawyers Meirowitz & Wasserberg in New York, compares the dangers of drunk driving, drowsy driving, and distracted driving. Not surprisingly, they are all terrifyingly dangerous often resulting in injury and death on our roadways.

To see these articles, as well as some specific statistics and details about drunk driving, click on the link below:

samndan.com/drunk-vs-drowsy-vs-distracted-driving/

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Alcohol and Depression – Rehab Locations

Posted on 07 February 2022 by Monica Zech

Several resources below –

Find The Best Drug & Alcohol Rehab Center Near You

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

https://www.addictionresource.net/ 

 

A Resource to Help You Pay for Rehab

Paying for Rehab and Knowing Your Options – Rehab Spot

 

DetoxRehabs.net – their 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: https://www.detoxrehabs.net/blog/does-alcohol-cause-depression/

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

Drug and Alcohol Detox Centers Directory – Find Detox Near You (detoxrehabs.net)

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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 in order to increase understanding and awareness of addiction – a disease that affects so many.

Please don’t be afraid to reach out for help.
Community Outreach
Northeast Addictions Treatment Center

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Website Links on Safety

Posted on 25 January 2022 by Monica Zech

Here are some websites providing various aspects of safety:

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Check their Catalog Materials page for free safety information materials.

NHTSA additional resource links

Vehicle Testing:

Buying a car, or checking on the crash testing of your current car:

NHTSA Vehicle Testing

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

IIHS

Here’s another good one – “Is Your Car Safe?” – Safer Car.gov

Safer Car.org

 

Here is an excellent list of resources in regards to Child Safety:

Child Safety Resource List

 

Internet Safety

As we all know, the internet has been a constant in our daily lives, but how much do you really know about the use of the internet? Here is a link to resources provided on website safety:

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Alcohol Abuse and Binge Drinking Resources

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.

 

What to Know About Binge Drinking

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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.

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 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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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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