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Pedestrian Safety – Great Website

Posted on 14 August 2013 by Monica Zech

In San Diego County (and across the nation) pedestrian fatal collisions have been up for quite some time.  The following website from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offers some great information to reduce those statistics:

Everyone Is A Pedestrian

http://www.nhtsa.gov/nhtsa/everyoneisapedestrian/index.html

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Distracted Driving – Latest Research

Posted on 16 March 2013 by Monica Zech

The Cener for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued their latest report on the dangerous practice of  “distracted” driving.  Worth the read!

Please click on the following link:

http://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/distracted_driving/

Stay safe!

 

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Motorcyclists – New California Guidelines on “Lane-Splitting”

Posted on 04 March 2013 by Monica Zech

Lane-splitting guidelines aim to educate motorists, riders…

By Ramona Turner

Santa Cruz Sentinel santacruzsentinel.com

Posted:   03/03/2013 09:34:02 PM PST

Q: Thanks for your column. A recent article reported that the state has new “guidelines” for motorcycles regarding lane-splitting. However, it would seem that, as guidelines, there still is no law that controls what motorcyclists may do. Is that correct? Can cyclists be cited under the new guidelines?

Thanks much.

Ken Burson, via email

A First off, to read those new guidelines on the California Office of Traffic Safety website, go to http://ots.ca.gov/lanesplittinggeneralguidelines.pdf.

Now, to your question. Street Smarts called upon Sgt. Mark Pope, the statewide coordinator of the California Motorcyclist Safety Program for the CHP at the Sacramento headquarters, for the answer.

“While there is no law specifically prohibiting lane-splitting, there are a number of laws which apply to both motorists and motorcyclists,” he said. “A whole vehicle code full of them in fact.”

Among the California Vehicle Code sections that may apply to riders and drivers alike caught driving unsafely, include an unsafe lane change — section 21658 a — or for unsafe speed — section 22350, Pope explained.

As for whether riders can be cited under the new guidelines, the answer is, “No,” Pope said. “Guidelines are not statutory in nature and represent no change in law or policy. They will, however, foster a better understanding of what may be considered ‘safe and prudent.'”

The guidelines were created by a committee of traffic safety stakeholders and motorcycle experts from civilian, governmental and academic communities aim to educate the public about lane-splitting, Pope explained. Among the messages the guidelines are sending is that drivers must look twice for motorcycles and never try to block or impede a lane-splitting motorcyclist. The guidelines also tell riders that they need to slow down during lane-splitting to give themselves ample time to react.

The education effort about lane-splitting is being released now because a recent survey by the Office of Traffic Safety found that 87 percent of motorcyclists split lanes, 53 percent of car drivers know lane-splitting is allowed, and 7 percent of respondents admitted to using their vehicle to block or impede a motorcyclist, Pope said.

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Quit Alcohol.Com – Dangers Of Drinking & Driving

Posted on 30 November 2012 by Monica Zech

It is my pleasure to introduce a new website dedicated to educating the public on the dangers of driving under-the-influence of alcohol and other drugs.  Please click on the following link:

http://www.quitalcohol.com/dangers-of-drinking-and-driving.html

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Teen Website On Driving

Posted on 10 April 2012 by Monica Zech

I just became aware of another safe driving website targeting teens – take a look:

http://impactteendrivers.org/

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Tobacco Dangers – Strong Messages

Posted on 04 July 2011 by Monica Zech

Several Reasons Not To Smoke – Strong Ads

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Home Escape Plan Saves Family

Posted on 23 June 2011 by Monica Zech

Having a home escape plan saved the family of a well known country singer, click on the following link:

http://www.cnn.com/2011/SHOWBIZ/celebrity.news.gossip/06/05/trace.adkins.fire/index.html?iref=allsearch

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Aggressive Driving – Research & Dedication

Posted on 31 January 2011 by Monica Zech

Durham Sprague

*In my safe driving lectures, I dedicate the subject of “aggressive driving” in memory of someone exceptional who an aggressive driver killed on September 1, 2000, his name is “Mr. Durham Sprague.” (Seated in the center above)  He was a retired Carlsbad Firefighter who raised four children, three sons and a wonderful daughter, a journalist, and one of my best friends – Jeannie!  (She’s seated on the far left in the picture above.)

Mr. Sprague was killed on northbound 805 in San Diego, California, near Murray Ridge as he attempted to merge into lanes.  An aggressive-reckless driver, speeding and weaving through traffic, struck Mr. Sprague’s vehicle causing him to roll off the freeway.  The driver who struck and killed Mr. Sprague had a history of reckless driving.

Sadly, aggressive driving kills and injures motorists every day on our roadways. Unfortunately, this type of driving often adds to the “road rage” factor.   My safety lecture addresses “aggressive driving” with valuable tips on how to curb “road rage.”

I talk about dealing with stress and road rage, either your anger or that of other drivers.  My lectures will open your eyes to the dangers and how you can reduce these dangers on our roadways.  The first thing to remember  – “We have NO control over other drives, but we do have control of our own actions.”  In the 1990’s I was honored to assist with research on road rage with San Diego State University, NETS-Network of Employers for Traffic Safety, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

I provide my audience with a “professional and personal” look at what it takes to increase your survival on our roadways! Also, how to avoid making the same mistakes others have made that caused their collision. My goal is to make you more aware of the problems surrounding us and reduce the “risk factors” of having a collision.

These talks have been in high demand for Military Safety Stand-downs, Company Safety Briefings and Conferences, driver education/training courses, Colleges, parenting classes, and more.  I do utilize some stats in my talks, but I put faces with those stats.  Most are local faces.   But, keep in mind – I don’t “sugar coat” the issues since my goal is to save lives!  (But of course, when speaking to young teens and young children, I am cautious.)

If you would like me to speak to your group, please email your request to [email protected] cox.net – or call me direct at (619) 219-9030.

Stay Alert – Stay Alive! 

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