Gear Up and Stay Sober for Motorcycle Safety

Holiday weekends mean more traffic, and the American Motorcycle Association (AMA) is reminding riders to practice caution and stay sober. An average of 122 people died in traffic crashes on July 4 each year from 2011 to 2015, with alcohol consumption and excessive speed the leading factors in those deadly crashes.”Many people will be extending their weekend through the July 4 holiday on Tuesday this year,” said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman in a statement. “While we take this time to revel in the freedoms we enjoy as Americans, it is vital to remember that the celebrations start after you arrive at your destination. When you are behind the wheel or astride your motorcycle, your focus must be on arriving safely.”Because of the increase in traffic over the holiday weekend, motorcyclists in particular should exercise extra caution on the roads while traveling to and from their celebrations. “Remain alert, drive sober and watch for motorcyclists,” Dingman said. “Motorists and motorcyclists alike should leave extra space between their vehicles and those nearby, take an extra look before changing lanes or making a left turn and reduce your speed for extra safety. We want everyone to enjoy the holiday and to arrive safely at their destinations.”The Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) recommends the following personal protective equipment to be worn each time a rider hits the road:Helmet: Helmets are the important piece of protective gear. It protects against head injury, windblast, cold and flying objects. The MSF recommends a full-face helmet.Faceshield: This protects against flying objects such as stones, insects and debris.Gloves: Gloves keep hands comfortable and protects riders from road rash and other injuries.Jacket and Pants: Long sleeves and sturdy pants will protect riders from abrasion and exposure to the sun and weather. Clothing should be reflective at night.Boots: The proper footwear will provide sufficient grip on footrests and road surfaces. The right boots also will help prevent foot and ankle injuries.


About John Fagan

John is a Jacksonville native who grew up on the First Coast. He graduated from Bishop Kenny High School in 1975 and went to college at Florida State University where he completed a 4-year program in 3 years. John graduated from the Florida State University College of Business in 1978 and went straight into Florida State University College of Law. While in law school, John earned a position on the prestigious Law Review Board serving as its Business Editor. As a law student, John studied in the Oxford program. He also interned with the Florida Legislature working in the Florida House of Representatives Criminal Justice Committee. John was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1981. John began his legal career as a law school intern in the State Attorney's Office in Jacksonville in 1981. After his internship, legendary State Attorney Ed Austin hired John as a full-time Assistant State Attorney for the Fourth Judicial Circuit (Clay, Duval, and Nassau Counties). As a prosecutor, John tried jury and non-jury trial on charges ranging from DUI to Murder. In 1983, John moved from the State Attorney's Office to begin his career in private practice. He has practiced law for 30 years on the First Coast. For the last 20 years, John and his family have made Clay County their home. John limits his practice to personal injury and disability cases. While there are many fine attorneys in Clay County, John is one of only a few Clay County attorneys who limit their practice to personal injury and disability cases. John takes pride in helping clients resolve injury claims in ways that avoid the stress, uncertainty, and the expense of unnecessary litigation. Professional Activities John is the past President of the Clay County Bar Association and has served on the Board of the Clay County Bar Association from 2009-2013. He is an active member of the Florida Bar, and the Federal Bar of the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida. He is also a member of the American Association of Justice, the Florida Association of Justice, the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives, and the National Organization of Veterans' Advocates. Service to the Community John is involved in the Clay County Community serving as a member and Director of the Rotary Club of Orange Park, of the Clay County Bar Association, and the Putnam County Bar Association.
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