If you love motorcycles than listen closely because these tips will not only save you money on your motorcycle insurance in Atlanta… they may save your life, the life of a loved one, fellow driver or pedestrian.
REMEMBER…. The example you set for your children will affect how safety minded they will be in the future!
Did you know that 46% of all motorcycle crashes occur at intersections?
Three motorcyclists are killed every day in the U.S. as a result of multi-vehicle crashes at intersections?Source
A 2009 Highway Loss Data Institute report found more than half of motorcyclist deaths involved at least one other vehicle. Forty-two percent of two-vehicle fatal motorcycle crashes involved a vehicle turning left while the motorcycle was going straight, passing or overtaking. source
The research shows that that an object’s size affects distance perception, causing drivers to miscalculate motorcyclists’ distance and speed.
What does that mean in simple English?
“Since motorcycles are smaller than cars, the brain may use this shortcut to decide that a smaller motorcycle is farther away than it actually is. This size-arrival effect can lead drivers to misjudge when a motorcycle will arrive at an intersection and could be considered a contributing factor in motorcycle/vehicle accidents.”
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that this Friday November 22, 2013 – toll collection on 400 would end after the evening rush hour.
That means a $1.00 a day savings every day for the next 52 weeks.
You might recall that back in July 2012, Gov. Nathan Deal announced that the state would pay off its bond debt and end tolls on Ga. 400 by December 2013.
Perhaps you were one of the ones that doubted!
Yet this Friday is the day.
But why Friday?
Notice what the Georgia Department of Transportation Commissioner Keith Golden said in an e-mail:
“We thought it wise to conclude toll collections on a Friday evening so that motorists will have the entire weekend to become acclimated to the new traffic pattern. Still, we urge commuters the following Monday morning to be particularly cautious while driving through the plaza area.”
Two weeks ago they started re-striping of the “Peach Pass” lanes two weeks ago.
Come January, they will begin removing the toll plaza booths a year-long task that will cost $3.5 million .
This is what it will look like:
“Completed in 1993, the Ga. 400 extension is used by about 119,000 people on weekdays. The toll generates about $59,000 a day, roughly $20 million a year, at a cost of 50 cents per vehicle. The tolls have been used over the years to pay down bond debt, operate and maintain the road, and fund overall operations for the State Road and Tollway Authority.”
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The Cobb County Braves just doesn’t sound the same… (Just kidding, only their address will change… Not their name!)
So here is the latest on the decision to head to Cobb county and on this 672 million dollar, 42,000 seat new stadium that is 10 miles from downtown.
You will learn how both Cobb County and the Braves view the move as a bit of insurance to help them succeed in reaching their future goals.
NPR news tells us that The Atlanta Braves will abandon downtown for a new stadium in suburban Cobb County. The Braves have played in the city for almost 50 years, and the news came as a big shock to residents.
The NY Daily News tells us that Atlanta’s mayor says Turner Field will be demolished after Braves leave in 2017 .
The mayor said however that it just came down to dollars and cents and that Atlanta just can’t afford to match the offer to keep them there.
Local businesses are worried how this will hurt the local economy.
“Professional sports teams and stadiums drive economic development and investment in their communities, but taxpayer dollars need to be spent responsibly. My decision not to invest $150 million to $250 million for renovations to Turner Field or interfere with a transaction when the Atlanta Braves are moving 12 miles away means that Atlanta is going to be stronger financially and not choked by debt. This decision also means critical investments in our city’s infrastructure — on bridges, green spaces, roads and traffic lights.”
The article also explains why he kept the Falcons but was willing the let the Braves go.
What if I told you that there were 16000 paddling’s in Georgia schools last year.
Its true corporal punishment is legal in Georgia..
No traditional public school in Atlanta and nine nearby school districts has paddled a child since at least 2007, but corporal punishment is used in more than half of the state’s 180 school districts, according to discipline data analyzed by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. source
Many metro schools are afraid of litigation.
Ron Ramsey, the DeKalb County school district’s chief legal officer, said the school board didn’t ban corporal punishment until about a year ago.
“We now no longer allow it, but for years we never used it because of concern for litigation,” Ramsey said. “Some parents just don’t want anyone to touch their kids.”
Did you know that each year Atlanta homes burn down here because of the fireplace?
Fireplace fires make home insurance premiums rise.
Here are some recent examples:
Just recently, CBS news tells us a Fire broke out at the home on Hodge Drive near College Park. Fulton County fire officials said the blaze started because of an improper use of the fireplace. The family, three adults and three children, were using the fireplace to warm the home they were renting. Thankfully, No one was injured in the fire.
Pantagraph.com reports that an overheated flue ignited a fire Tuesday on the roof of an Atlanta home located at 305 S.W. Third Street. Thankfullyno one was hurt and the damage was contained by a homeowner who fought the flames with a garden hose.
The problem was that they put too much wood in the fireplace, causing the flue to overheat and ignite a wooden box surrounding it.
Apparently more and more people are trying to heat their homes with the fireplace.
This is not a good idea and is dangerous unless it is a fireplace that is actually a wood burning stove.
Here is another story about how Fireplace use blamed for Buckhead house fire.
After a house fire started in a fireplace 11 alive news followed a chimney sweep around.
Wilkinson said an annual fireplace and chimney inspection are important when it comes to catching potential problems. “Especially for older homes. The mortar work tends to erode over time. Eventually it will start to let the embers and sparks out of the fireplace through the mortar,” said Wilkinson. He added that no matter if your home is older or a newer one problems can still pop up. And that’s where you need to trust your nose because nose really does know best. “When it’s very humid or a lot of moisture in the air to ten to get an odor out of the chimney, it’s an indicator that you need to have it looked at for a cleaning and inspection,” said Wilkinson. Another tip in spotting a potential problem is to look up to make sure you have a chimney cap. It will help keep excess water out and cut down on erosion.
Fox 5 reports that October is Fire Safety and Prevention Month, and as the weather turns colder, it’s a good time to make sure you know how to avoid becoming a fire victim. Good Day’s Gurvir Dhindsa talked with Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens about what every family should know. Remember to replace those smoke detector batteries this weekend!