"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.
July 4th celebrations abound in Jacksonville and the surrounding area. Fireworks, Backyard Barbecue, Arts and Craft Festivals, Kids Activities with Face Painting and Bounce Houses. As we celebrate America's Independence we honor our courageous men and women in our military dedicated to preserving our freedom. It is to these men and women in uniform that we salute. We will not forget your sacrifice. Happy July 4th! July 4th activities, festivals, Fireworks and more for more information on activities in our area click on the links below.
Wishing you all the Joys of Spring! Happy Easter! Easter Egg Hunts and Nature Connection with Lego Bricks, Easter Parades and train trips with the Easter Bunny or get up early for a Easter Sunrise service. We have links for Easter events from St Augustine, Jacksonville Florida and St Marys Georgia.
St Augustine was the scene of a deadly pedestrian hit and run accident Monday night that claimed the life of Dalton Khun. A candlelight vigil was held last night to remember the 16 year old teen. Family and friends gathered to share stories about Dalton. Friends of Dalton held signs declaring, "Justice for Dalton." Sadly the driver did not call 911 and the youth did not receive any medical care .Dalton was found on the side of U.S. 312 near Plantation Island Parkway Tuesday morning. Police believe the vehicle was a 2003 to 2007 Chevrolet Silverado or GMC Sierra truck (or a similar model) The truck is reported to be missing a black side mirror and may have damage to the right side of the truck. Anyone that has any information or sees a truck with damage that fits this description is asked to call the St Augustine police at 904-825-1070 or Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida at 888-277-8477.
Mother's Day celebrations around the area are sure to be as different as the beautiful ladies we celebrate. Carriage rides complete with champagne in the oldest city, or a beauty bar at the mall, a surfing contest, or Mother's Day Brunch among the wild things at the Zoo commemorate Mom this weekend. Celebrate the lady that gives to her family everyday with lasting memories she will always treasure.
Jacksonville Easter celebrations include Easter egg hunts, games and sweet treats, a zoo exploration parades and even a maze. A short drive to Georgia and you can ride the Peter Cottontail Express. A variety of events hosted by churches and area businesses some are free others require a fee. Whatever your celebration brings we wish you a Happy Easter with great food, loads of fun and a special day with family and friends.