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"Get Up To Speed" Help Reduce Motorcycle Accidents

"Get Up to Speed" on reducing the number of motorcycle accidents. Learn more on how to drive safely around motorcycles. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcyclists accounted for nearly 14 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2015, while motorcycles make up just 3 percent of all registered vehicles in the United States. Even the smallest momentary lapse in a motorist attention can result in the serious injury or even death of an unseen motorcyclist. That means sending a short text, opening a soft drink or glancing back to check on a child could result in a serious life changing accident. Consider the following points to reduce your risk of injuring a motorcyclist; 1. Your car has blind spots. Properly adjust your mirrors. 2. Compensate for your cars blind spots by looking twice. 3. Motorcyclist stop quickly. Keep a good distance between your vehicle and a motorcycle. 4. Because of a motorcycles size it is more difficult to see them and more difficult to judge their distance. 5. Weaving in the lane by a motorcyclist is sometimes a tactic used by motorcyclist to gain your attention and to make sure drivers notice the motorcycle next to them. 6. Don't Drive Distracted. Over half of all motorcycle crashes involve another vehicle. When the motorist is at fault the reason that the police often hear, "I just did not see the motorcycle." 7. Speed is often present in fatal accidents. Speed is often the reason the driver just didn't see the motorcyclist in front of them. Together we can reduce motorcycle fatalities. Share this with the young drivers in your life. Just this past weekend in our area serious motorcycle accidents occurred. Both Jacksonville and St Augustine roadways experienced collisions involving motorcycles and automobiles. Together we can reduce motorcycle fatalities. Share this with the young drivers in your life.

Emergency Road Kit

Accident Safety Tip- Every vehicle should be equipped with an Emergency Road Safety Kit. We never plan to get into and accident or breakdown on the roadway but if you are prepared with an Emergency Road Safety Kit it will may keep you safe while you are waiting for help. Emergency Road Safety Kits can be purchased or you can put your own safety kit together by purchasing supplies online or at your local discount store. In addition to a properly inflated tire, wheel wrench and tripod jack your kit should contain the following: 1. Jumper cables 2. Flashlights and extra batteries 3. Emergency warning flashers 4. First aid kit with gauze, band aids, antibiotic ointment, aspirin, medical gloves 5. Blanket 6. Reflective emergency vest 7. Fire extinguisher 8. Rain poncho 9. Work gloves 10. Bottled Water 11. Granola bar or snack mix 12. Customize your kit for any special needs in your family. Emergency Road Safety Kits make great presents. Purchase an Emergency Road Safety Kit for your teen, an elderly parent or a single mom and make sure they know the basics of using it in an Emergency.

Accident safety tip- Have you ever hit a dog with your car? What should you do if you find yourself in that unfortunate situation? Stop your car and pull over to a safe place. Use your emergency flashers to warn other vehicles. Call 911 and report the incident. If the dog is in the roadway use cones or emergency flashers if you have them to warn motorist. If you decide to approach the dog to check on their injuries do so with extreme caution. Injured animals may lash out biting or scratching. Failure to stop and report the incident places you at risk for charges of cruelty to animals. If you stop and make a reasonable effort to help the animal, keeping your own safety in mind, the legal responsibility will fall on the owner for allowing their animal to roam unrestrained. The dog owner may be responsible for your vehicle repairs depending on the circumstances of the accident and of course this is dependent upon if the owner is located or comes forward. While hitting a domestic animal is a heart-breaking experience knowing what to do may help keep you calm, and level headed in a stressful situation. Share this safety tip with young drivers in your life. Young people may be upset and drive off or they may approach a wounded animal and become injured in the process. Consider purchasing emergency road warning signals. They can be purchased for $20 or less flashers triangles, LED sticks and other varieties are available online or at your local auto parts stores. 

Jacksonville Hit-and-Run Accident

A serious Hit-and-Run Accident sent a 13 year-old- to the hospital. The young girl's mother witnessed the accident. She watched in terror as a vehicle crashed into her daughter leaving her unconscious. The mother's account of the accident was published on Facebook and several media sites we are sharing with her permission hoping the irresponsible driver will be found. Donna Griffin's account of her daughter's accident below, "I NEED PRAYERS AND ANY INFORMATION TO HELP FIND THE PIECE OF S_ _ _ _ THAT HIT MY DAUGHTER BRIANNA RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME AND LEFT HER LAYING ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD!!!!
DETAILS: .... it happened at 12526 Agatite RD in mandarin at my moms.. we had went for dinner and me and todd were unloading the truck to leave Brianna Neal was standing on the side of the rd on her skateboard when a 4 door newer silver/gray smaller SUV coming FROM JULINGTON CREEK HEADED TOWARDS OLD ST. Augustine... there has to be damage to the front right of the vehicle!! Whoever hit her KNOWS because they hit the brakes more than once especially since I was screaming and waving my hands in the road... PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE LET ME Or the authorities know because THIS is one of the MANY images of seeing my child hit by a car and laying lifeless in the dirt that will haunt me for the rest of my life!!!! Feel free to share!!" Jacksonville has seen to many Hit-and-Run accidents please help if you have any information call the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. Or the Crime Tip Hot Line at 866-845-8477.

Jacksonville City Garbage Truck Accident- Serious Injuries

A Jacksonville city garbage truck burst into flames Monday afternoon after crashing on the Westside of town. The driver of the truck and his passenger were seriously injured in the accident. The accident occurred on Normandy Blvd around 2:00 P.M. Monday. According to the Florida Highway Patrol the city garbage truck was behind another vehicle that slowed down and attempted to turn left onto Manning Cemetery Road. The garbage truck driver did not slow down quickly enough and began swerving to avoid hitting the vehicle in front of him. The garbage truck driver lost control. The garbage truck flipped over and burst into flames. Both the driver and the passenger managed to escape the garbage truck but they were both seriously injured in the accident. The accident is being investigated, charges are pending. If you have been Injured in a Trucking Accident call the experienced attorneys at Barnes & Cohen

Veteran's Day We Thank You!

Happy Veteran's Day to all our active duty military and our veterans, we recognize that freedom isn't free and we will forever appreciate the sacrifices you have made for our country. We appreciate the sacrifices that you have made to keep us safe you have endured battles, wars and lifted us up after our recent storms. Restaurants and businesses are offering free meals and special deals to active duty military and veterans. We are grateful to all of the local restaurants and businesses that are participating. A special thanks to the businesses that have continued this tradition year after year. Please remember to have your military ID or proof of service with you. Deals listed are available for active duty military and Veteran's. Please call or visit the web site first to make sure that your favorite location is participating and to verify dates and times. If you don't see your favorite restaurant listed give them a call. Some restaurants are only offering an appetizer or a dessert we have attempted to list the best deals we found. Applebee's, BJ's, California Pizza Kitchen, free car washes and store discounts. We have links and offers below. 

Texas Church Tragic Shooting

We are shaken this morning as we reflect on the tragedy of 26 people being killed in a Texas church. The photo above shows first a happier time at the Fall festival before the church was attacked and a later photo of the church members pulling together to remember and pray for the church and the members who have lost so much. Devin Kelley opened fire with a rifle at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. He began firing even before he entered the church killing 26 and wounding at least 20 others outside and inside the church. The shooter, Kelley had received a bad conduct discharge from the Air Force in 2012 after assaulting his spouse and their child. He served a year in confinement for the assault. His anger, bitterness and mental illness led him to the church where his In-Laws worshiped, but they were not in attendance that fateful day. An armed neighbor stepped in and chased Kelley while in touch with local authorities until Kelley apparently shot himself and wrecked after a high -speed chase. The church members and visitors that became victims that day range in age from 5 to 72 and an unborn baby. A pregnant woman along with three of her children were killed. Church members report the pastor's 14-year- old daughter was among the victims. One family lost eight family members. Everyone in this small town lost a friend, a neighbor or a family member. Many businesses and organizations are rethinking security. Our nation is in mourning as we reflect on the recent tragedies in our nation that place all of us at risk and rip at the peace and security we all cherish in this nation.

Halloween and Fall Festivals

Little ghost and goblins, pumpkins and candy, scary moments and zombie tours. We have put together a list of a few highlights going on around our town over the next few weeks. While most of the events are family friendly fun times for all check out the website links and details.

Tragic Accident Kills Toddler

Child Dies in a tragic accident, is it due to negligence. A typical Saturday afternoon trip to Bruster's Ice Cream Shop in Auburn, Alabama turned tragic for one family as their three year old child fell into a grease trap. Sadie Grace Andrews was playing outside the ice cream shop with her 5 siblings after she finished her ice cream. In a moments time her parents realized the toddler was missing. A quick glance around the area where Sadie and her siblings were playing their first thought was the missing toddler must have been abduct...ed. Police were called as Sadie's family continued to search the area. Her father noticed pipes sticking out of the ground and the lid on the grease trap was unsecured. As he lifted the lid he immediately noticed what looked like the Alabama Crimson Tide T-shirt Sadie was wearing that day. They pulled her out and started CPR until paramedics arrived. Sadie was transported to a hospital but efforts to revive her were unsuccessful. The grease trap was 6 feet underground located in a grassy area near picnic tables where children often eat ice cream and play. The grease pit that claimed the life of Sadie Grace Andrews was not locked or secured, located underground it was 6 feet deep and around 2 feet wide. Surveillance video from the ice cream shop showed Sadie stepped on the lid it flipped open, she slid in and the lid flipped upside down covering the grease pit, trapping Sadie and covering the grease she was drowning in from her parents view. Business owners are responsible for keeping premises free of hazards that could cause you harm. You have a right to expect you and your family will be safe from reasonable harm when you are on business property. Business owners should inspect their establishment throughout the day or have a trusted responsible employee inspect areas for danger. Obviously, the business owner never meant for this to happen but we only hope this tragic accident will be a reminder to every business owner to make sure they have safe guards in place and responsible employees that will double check hazards of this magnitude. 

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