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Taking Fido Out on the Water Safely

July 3rd, 2015

If you have a dog in your life, chances are you like to include your furry companion in family activities. If that includes a day out on the water, there are some safety tips that you should follow. Just as you would do the right things to make sure your human passengers are safe, do the same for your pet.

Dogs Overboard

Whether your dog jumps or falls overboard, do you know what you will do? Come up with a plan and make sure to discuss it with everyone on the boat. Typically, you will cut the engine, call your dog to you, and have someone let it back in.

Life Jackets

Yes, there are life jackets for dogs. Even if your dog is a strong swimmer, varying weather conditions can make it difficult for your pet to stay above water. Not only will a life jacket help your dog float, but it will give you something to grab onto should your dog fall out of the boat.

First-Aid Kits

Have a properly-stocked first-aid kit aboard your boat at all times. At the minimum, you should have peroxide, antibiotic ointment, tweezers, and bandages. You can find a more comprehensive list Read more

Posted In: Boating Accident, Safety Tips

Men Capsize in North Carolina Waters

July 1st, 2015

Three men were recently enjoying a day on North Carolina’s water when they found themselves stranded. The boat they were in capsized, leaving the men alone in the water with no way back to shore. The men were rescued by responders after being stranded on the Shackleford Banks.

Each of the men are reported safe and without injury. The boat the men were riding in was later found washed up on the ocean side. It is unclear what caused the 18-foot flat bottom vessel to turn over.

While, thankfully, these men were all rescued and returned to their loved ones safely, the incident brings to light the necessity to remind boaters what to do if they find themselves capsized and in the water. Do you know what to do if your boat turns over? Follow these safety tips to better your chances of getting home.

Stay with the Boat

Unless your boat sinks to the bottom, stay with it. Your chances of being rescued are increased greatly if you are with the boat when it is found. If someone is looking for you from the air, you and the boat make a much larger target than just you alone. Read more

Posted In: Boating Accident, Safety Tips

Tips for Choosing a Life Vest

June 29th, 2015

You know that wearing a life vest is in the best interest of you and your passengers when it comes to boating safety. Do you know if you have fitted your life vest properly? While you certainly can’t outfit every passenger on your boat with the best vest for their frame, you can make sure that you and your family have vests that fit correctly. Take these steps to ensure that the vests you purchase will do their jobs.

Choose the Best Type of Device

There are a variety of personal flotation devices on the market, and each is designed with a particular set of activities in mind. Read the tag attached to the device to be sure that it is was designed with your planned activity in mind. If you will be boating or riding a jet ski, a vest is typically your best option.

Try It On

The first step in choosing a vest is to pick one designed for either an adult or child, depending on its intended wearer. You can find this information on the tag or label. Also on the label you will find information for the intended wearer’s height and weight. Find a suitable Read more

Posted In: Boating Accident, Safety Tips

Sharing the Road with Golf Carts

June 26th, 2015

If you live near a major North Carolina suburb, you may find yourself sharing the city streets with golf carts. These four-wheeled vehicles are street-legal in many larger cities and even in some smaller towns. While it is always recommended that anyone operating a golf cart mind the rules of the road and remain vigilant, it is just as important that you drive your car appropriately.

Here are some tips for any vehicle driver who shares the road with golf carts.

Stay Back

Don’t forget that a golf cart cannot go as fast as your vehicle. Golf carts are typically only permitted on streets with speed limits of 35 mph and lower because of their inability to travel at higher speeds. Do not ride the tail end of a golf cart if you are in a hurry. There is nothing that you will do to make the cart go faster and you may just cause an accident.

Turn Down the Music

Golf carts can be more difficult to hear than typical vehicles. Your music should never be so loud that you can’t hear what is going on outside of your car. Keep the music turned down to a reasonable Read more

Posted In: Safety Tips

Father Arrested for DUI, Children in the Car

June 25th, 2015

download (17)A father has been placed under arrest for drunken driving after he crashed into a house in Tipp City on Friday while his three children were in the car with him.

According to police, at approximately 10:40 p.m., Bryan Smith, 34, was in the process of making a turn with his vehicle when he went off the road and crashed into a home.

At the time of the accident, Smith’s children, aged 4, 5 and 7, were also inside the car with their father but were not injured. The two younger children were in car seats while the eldest child was wearing a seat belt.

Police placed Smith under arrest and charged him with operating a vehicle while intoxicated, child endangering, and failure to control his vehicle.

The occupants of the home were inside the house at the time of the crash; however, no injuries were reported. The crash caused extensive damage to the structure.

Drinking and driving is always a bad idea, and getting behind the wheel after drinking with children in a car is even worse. A person should never be tempted to take a risk with nor only their life, but the lives of others.

The Read more

Posted In: Drunk Driver, Drunk Driving, In The News

Top Causes of Boating Accidents

June 24th, 2015

When boats collide, it makes the news. For some reason, people think that boating accidents are a rare occurrence when, in reality, they are more common that you may believe. When it comes to these accidents, there are 10 common reasons that they occur. As a boater, whether a driver or passenger, knowing these causes can make your trip a safer one.

No More Gasoline

Keep an eye on the gas tank. Before you leave shore or the dock, calculate how much fuel you will need to get to your destination, stop and return. Add 20 percent to that total just to be on the safe side.

The Ground is Closer Than it Appears

Running aground happens more often than you may think. Most of the time, it’s embarrassing; sometimes it’s much more. Running aground isn’t what will get you…it’s the sudden stop that comes with it.

Stay in the Boat

Falling overboard is another situation that will have you red in the face. In some instances, however, falling out of the boat can be deadly. If anyone falls from your boat, stop the vessel. Many times, it’s being caught in the wake that is the most dangerous for the Read more

Posted In: Boating Accident, Safety Tips

Jet Ski Accident Leaves Teenagers Injured

June 22nd, 2015

Jet skis are exciting and time spent on the open water is a fantastic way to waste a beautiful day away. Unfortunately, fun and excitement turned to fear and tragedy for three siblings on Lake Norman.

Two jet skis crashed into one another on the lake Wednesday afternoon. A jet ski carrying only its driver crashed into a second jet ski being ridden by a driver and a passenger. The passenger on the second jet ski suffered injuries to his back and leg. The three people involved in the crash are siblings.

Neighbors close to the lake heard the crash and the siblings screaming and called emergency services. The injured 18-year-old passenger was brought to shore by the driver of the opposite jet ski, also 18. Paramedics rushed the injured teen to Carolinas Medical Center.

The male teenager suffered a broken pelvis, a broken femur, and injuries to his back. North Carolina Wildlife Officer Scott Strickland said the boy should not have permanent damage to any part of his body. Strickland added that the injured male is lucky as the accident could have been fatal.

The jet skis crashed into one another around 6 p.m. according to first responders from Read more

Posted In: Jet Ski Accidents

Golf Carts Offer Easy Transport in Charlotte

June 19th, 2015

1306465079_03959d1d39_zWhile those living in Charlotte may be aware of this fantastic service, visitors may be unaware of the transportation option our city offers. Cruse Carts is a 100% free way to get around the city.

Whether you are visiting Charlotte for the first time or simply want an easier way to shop downtown, Cruise Carts is a convenient way to get around. The carts are free, fun, and eco-friendly. Sponsors pay for the vehicles so that riders don’t have to.

Dustin Adams, founder of the company, offers four-passenger golf carts in four neighborhoods – NoDa, South End, uptown, and Plaza Midwood. Carts are only permitted on streets with speed limits of 35mph and under. Riders can feel safe knowing that drivers understand how to maneuver about the streets with typical vehicles.

Each cart is equipped with headlights, tail lights, turn signals, seat belts, and windshield wipers. They even have seat belts to make sure riders are strapped in safely. In fact, the golf carts come decked out with most of the same safety features as cars.

Uber and Lyft drivers, as well as cab operators, were initially worried that the service would take away from their business. Not so, says Read more

Posted In: In the Community

Speeding Crash Claims Life of Toddler

June 17th, 2015

download (80)An accident has claimed the life of a three year old boy in West Charlotte early Sunday.

According to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police, Chantee Boyd, 26, was driving with her two sons on Billy Graham Parkway toward Morris Field Drive when she lost control of her 1996 Honda Accord when it veered off of the left side of the road and into the median. Boyd’s vehicle entered into a counterclockwise spin, slammed into a guardrail on the median and then continued into the northbound lanes of the parkway. 

Investigators say that the rear end of Boyd’s vehicle struck a Lincoln Continental that was being driven by William Dublin head on. Boyd’s car ended up on the right shoulder of the northbound lanes.

Boyd’s 3-year-old son died at the scene of the accident while her 7-year-old son was transported to Carolinas Medical Center-Main. The 7-year-old is currently listed with serious injuries.

Both Boyd and Dublin were also transported to Carolinas Medical Center-Main with minor injuries.

Police say that both alcohol and speed played a role in the fatal crash.

After being treated for her injuries, Boyd was arrested. She is currently facing charges of felony death by vehicle, felony serious injury, Read more

Posted In: Car Accidents, In The News, Injuries to Children

Avoid Boating Accidents This Season

June 17th, 2015

As more boaters head onto the water, there is greater potential for accident and injury. Think of crowded waters like you would think of crowded streets. Just like in your car, there are safety measures to be taken when you decide to go boating. It’s equally as important to remember that it can often take emergency services longer to respond on the water than on the road.

There were 130 recorded boating accidents in the state last year. Of those incidents, 23 proved fatal, according to the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. Here are some things you can do before and during your time on the water to help ensure your safety.

Get Certified

In North Carolina, you are required to take a certification course through the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators. This is true only if you will be operating a motor of 10 or more horse power. You can learn more at the free courses offered at the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.

Float Plans

Before you go out on the water, put together a float plan. This plan should include information about where you are headed, how many times and where you will be Read more

Posted In: Boating Accident, Safety Tips
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