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Aggressive Driving – Research & Dedication

Posted on 31 January 2011 by Monica Zech

Durham Sprague

*In my safe driving lectures I have a special dedication when addressing the subject of “aggressive driving”…I dedicate this portion of my talk to the memory of someone very special who was killed by an aggressive driver on September 1, 2000, his name is “Mr. Durham Sprague”. (Seated in the center above)  He was a retired Carlsbad Firefighter who raised 4 children, 3 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 everyday on our roadways.  This type of driving often adds to the “road rage” factor.   My safety lectures addresses “aggressive driving” and how to curb “road rage.”   I talk about how to deal with stress and road rage, either your own rage or that of other drivers.  My lectures will open your eyes to the dangers and how you can reduce these dangers on our roadways.  First, 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 and the National Highway Traffic Safety Adminstration (NHTSA).

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

These talks have been in high demand for driver education/training courses, schools (all levels), traffic schools, Life Skills Classes, Parenting classes, military safety stand downs and for company safety conferences and briefings.  I do utilize some stats in my talks, but I put faces with those stats.  Most are local faces, including yours truly.   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 very careful.)

If you’d like me to speak to your group, please email your request to:  [email protected] – or call (619) 219-9030.

Stay Alert – Stay Alive! Be Safe! 

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