FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 16, 2012
Share the Road Campaign to Promote Safer Cycling
Attorney Jim Dodson Supports The 3 Feet Please Initiative By Partnering With The Largo Police Department.
Clearwater, Florida: Clearwater personal injury attorney and cycling advocate Jim Dodson has partnered with bike commuter David Sandman and Sergeant George Edmiston of the Largo Police Department in an effort to raise public awareness concerning motorists and cyclists safely sharing the road.
Dodson and Sandman shared concerns about the number of cyclists being injured, killed, and intimidated by drivers who fail to recognize that bikes belong on the roads every bit as much as motor vehicles. According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, there has been an average of 107 cycling deaths per year since 2000. What is more alarming is the significant increase in cycling crash injuries. There were 7,290 cycling crash injuries in 2010, while the average for 2000-2009 was 4,898.
As a result of the men’s efforts, Largo police cruisers are now displaying “Share the Road; It’s the Law,” bumper stickers with a graphic indicating the distance of three feet Florida law requires motorists to observe when passing a cyclist. The Florida Department of Transportation provided funding for the decals.
As a Florida personal injury lawyer for more than 25 years, Jim Dodson has represented many injured cyclists and knows how devastating these accidents can be. He was present as the department applied the decals. “As a cyclist myself, I’ve experienced firsthand the hazards of riding a bicycle on Florida’s roads. Some drivers are unaware that the law requires a three-foot margin when passing a cyclist, and others just don’t care. Having the decals on Largo’s cruisers will provide a reminder to drivers in the community of their legal obligation and will cause them to think twice before risking an accident by passing too close to a bike. I expect this initiative to save lives and substantially reduce serious injuries, while making Largo a safer place to enjoy cycling.”
The 3 Feet Please initiative in Florida is the brainchild of Tallahassee resident, former teacher, and cyclist, Joe Mizereck who maintains a website to publicize the safe cycling campaign, which is gaining momentum across Florida, throughout the nation, and around the world.
To learn more about the 3 Feet Please safe cycling campaign, visit 3 FeetPlease.com. For more information on bicycling safety, news, events, and what to do if you are hit by a car while riding as bicycle, log on to www.jimdodsonlaw.com or contact Kati Jones at 727-446-0840.
Jim Dodson Law
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Clearwater, FL 33756