Sunday, May 18, 2014

Summer Dangers

There are so many summer dangers such as ticks (lyme disease), swimming in pools, lakes and ponds (drowning and snake bites), and more road rage, which can be any time not just in the summer. 

For the purpose of this blog, I'm going to talk about motorcycles and road workers because they are mainly affected during the warm weather.   Recently, in our area a driver didn't notice traffic was stopped, and the driver smashed a motorcycle and rider into a truck killing the man on the bike. 

Orange cones show there is road work
Where there are orange cones there's roadwork

 













Also, recently, a road worker was hit and killed by a speeding driver.  When there is a sign saying road work ahead you need to start slowing down and obey the speed limit in the area.  In a work zone, the speed limit is going to 45 miles per hour, or lower, but I see drivers going 60 or 70 miles an hour. 

I think drivers need to stop and think how they'll feel if they kill someone.  You would have to live with yourself knowing you did something so horrific just because you were in a hurry.  To me, getting somewhere is not important enough to take a life. 

Both road workers and motorcycles are hard to see, so you need to pay attention to your driving instead of texting, talking on the phone, putting on makeup, or reaching for something.  Over 4,000 motorcyclists die a year and 609 road construction workers died in 2012, but not all of those were due to drivers.  Some were due to accidents on the job.

Not all motorcyclists are killed by other motorists; sometimes it's by their own stupidity by driving and drinking. 

Just remember to watch out for your children around water areas, watch out for road workers and motorcyclists.  In other words, try to pay attention to what you and others are doing. 
 
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Have a great week, and I'll see you again next Sunday. 

Sandra K. Marshall, author
@Eirelander Publishing
http://www.eirelanderpublishing.com
http://www.skaymarshall.com

9 comments:

Kari Rogers Miller said...

Good Post Sandy and very relevant....there seem to be so many careless accidents that most likely could have been prevented with a little defensive driving and caution.

One of the weathermen on a local television station was recently killed on his bicycle. He was an older guy and was not wearing a helmet.

Thanks,
Kari

PS....thanks for adding Me and My Captain to your favorite sites! :)

K.T. Bishop said...

That's why I leave early on my trips: avoid being late.

Sandy said...

You're welcome, Kari, and thanks for adding me on your blog. Helmets are a must for anyone on a bicycle, skate boarding, motorcycles and others.

You're wise, K.T. Thanks for coming by.

Melissa Keir said...

I lost a dear cousin in a motorcycle accident. He was only 25. Your post is very relevant with today's busy life. We are often not paying attention when we drive and accidents happen.

Anonymous said...

Great advice.

Theresa

Sandy said...

Melissa, I'm so sorry about your cousin. Thank you for letting us know.

Thank you, Theresa.

Rose Gorham said...

My hubby lost two cousins in two separate motorcycle accidents, three years apart...and they were brothers. Thanks for sharing.

Judy Baker said...

Sandy, thanks for the reminder. My hubby loves his motorcycle & he said you have to ride like you're invisible.

Sandy said...

Rose, thank you for commenting. I'm sorry about your husband's cousins.

Judy, your hubby is right. Drivers don't see motorcycles, especially, if there is only one cycle. A group is much easier to see. My hubby took a class, but it was costly. He said he learned a lot from it.