JSO offers free motorcycle course to make riding safer

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Florida has the second-highest number of motorcycle registrations in the nation — one spot down from California and one ahead of Texas.

I am one of those registered riders and have been since my late teens. A motorcycle was my main source of transportation for a couple of years. My part-time job took me on a 60-mile round trip while attending school. All of that riding totaled 15,000-18,000 miles annually.

I do not log that kind of yearly miles these days and maybe that is a good thing. With congested roads and distracted drivers in a hurry, there are too many unfortunate accidents. When those accidents involve motorcycles, serious injuries and deaths are all too common.

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What if there was a local course taught by professional riders that could help you improve your riding skills?

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Baby critically injured in motorcycle crash while riding on Florida man’s lap, police say

CLEARWATER, Fla. – A Florida man who was driving a motorcycle with his young stepdaughter in his lap is facing several charges after she was seriously injured when he ran a stop sign and laid down his bike to avoid hitting a car, police said.

The 17-month-old girl was propelled underneath the car that Dontrell Stanley, 35, nearly hit on Thursday, Clearwater police said in a tweet. He was arrested early Friday on charges of child neglect and operating a motorcycle without a license.

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The baby was taken to Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg where she was in critical but stable condition, police said.

Stanley was also taken to a hospital for treatment.

He was booked into jail early Friday. Jail records don’t indicate whether he has

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Man dies after stunt while riding motorcycle in Broward, deputies say

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. – The 37-year-old rider of a red 2012 Aprilia RSV4 motorcycle died on Tuesday from injuries he suffered during a crash on Monday night in Deerfield Beach, deputies said.

Alvaro Escalante was traveling westbound on West Hillsboro Boulevard when he performed a wheelie and crashed into a white 2018 Subaru WRX sedan.

Marcio Nantes Vehara Filho was driving the Subaru when he was traveling eastbound on West Hillsboro Boulevard and was he started to make a left turn at Northeast 41st Avenue.

“Escalante, just prior to Filho turning left, performed a wheelie and continued westbound through the intersection striking Filho’s vehicle,” Sgt. Donald Prichard wrote in a report. “Subsequently, the front end of Escalante’s motorcycle collided with the driver’s side.”

The force of the impact caused Escalante to be ejected from the motorcycle. Filho, 25, of Boca Raton, waited for deputies to arrive.

Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue

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Bull riding tour returns to North Charleston for back-to-back nights of buckin’ broncos | Charleston Scene

Buckin’ broncos will take the dome at North Charleston’s Coliseum for two nights in a row at the end of February. 

The Professional Bull Riders’ Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour is the fourth event of the organization’s season and will feature two nights of chaps-wearing challengers getting thrown into the dirt and dodging horns. 

The event poster reads, “Be cowboy,” with an image of a leather-meets-NASCAR-jersey challenger on the left and a spotted bull on the right. 

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Tickets for the Feb. 26-27 event are $15, plus applicable fees, and available for purchase at PBRTIX.com, TicketMaster.com or at the North Charleston Coliseum Advance Ticket Office. Masks are required to be worn by attendees, and tickets are being sold in socially distanced pods of two to six

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