JMTE assists runners, guests during Waynesville annual half-marathon.
JMTE staff and family members were proud participants in the 4th Annual Gateway to the Smokies Half-Marathon, held Saturday, May 5th in Waynesville, NC. About 130 runners participated in this year’s run, whicbegih ns in downtown Waynesville, then continues through neighborhoods and scenic rural areas, finishing up in a revitalized railroad district known as Frog Level. Above, the JMTE team (left) prepares to greet runners and guests; At left, Denise Teague, Amanda Teague and Sierra Perez prepare to provide runners with snacks and water.
From left to right, JMTE team members Mark Teague, Patience Stepp, Denise Teague, Josh Freeman, Amanda Teague, Jon Sears, Corinne Lembo, Sierra Perez, Ricky Pendergrass,Tim Hyatt and Candace Hladick (not pictured).
Think safety for all kinds of wheels this Memorial Day and beyond
- In 2015, 4,976 motorcyclists were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes, an 8% increase from the 4,594 motorcyclists killed in 2014;
- 57 percent occurred during daylight, compared to 38 percent in the dark, 4 percent during dusk and 1 percent during dawn.
- 97 percent occurred in cloudy/clear conditions compared to 2 percent in the rain and 1 percent in other conditions;
- 90 percent occurred on non-interstate roads compared to 10 percent on interstates.
- In 2015, 818 pedalcyclists (bicycles, tricycles and unicycles powered by pedals) were killed in motor vehicle crashes, compared to 729 in 2014. An additional 45,000 pedalcyclists were injured in crashes;
- Equal percentages (47%) of pedalcyclist fatalities occurred in daylight crashes as during dark. Four percent of the fatalities occurred during dusk, and the remaining two percent during dawn light conditions;
- Regardless of the season, the highest percentage of pedalcyclist fatalities occurred from 6-9 p.m., with 27 percent in the winter, 18 percent in spring, 20 percent in summer, and 29 percent in fall;
- Most pedalcyclist fatalities (61%) occurred at non-intersections, while 3% occurred in bicycle lanes.
- In 2015, 2,333 teens ages 16-19 were killed in the U.S. and 235,845 were treated in emergency rooms for injuries suffered in motor vehicles crashes. [Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration]
- Distraction was a factor in six out of 10 teen crashes, according to research conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The most common distractions included interacting with one or more passengers (15%), cell phone use (12%), looking at something inside or outside the vehicle (10% and 9% respectively), singing or moving to music (8%), grooming (6%) and reaching for an object (6%).
- Share the Road. Remember, it doesn’t only belong to cars and trucks. Motorcyclists and bicyclists have just as much right on the roadway as any other vehicle, so long as they follow their own vehicle-specific rules and regulations.
- Be Aware of Your Surroundings. Because of their smaller sizes, motorcyclists and bicyclists can easily be overlooked, especially if they happen to be riding in one of your vehicle’s blind spots. Before turning or changing lanes, be sure to signal and look over your shoulder. In most vehicles, that is the only way to check the blind spot that the rear and side mirrors can’t spot.
- Give Motorcyclists and Bicyclists Plenty of Room. Even though they are smaller in size, it’s important to allow bikes and motorcycles enough room to travel safely. Give riders a full lane to drive in even if their vehicles only take up part of a lane. And be sure to allow at least four seconds of space between you and a motorcycle in case you both have to stop suddenly. It’s going to take a car that weighs over two tons longer to stop than a half-ton motorcycle!