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Archive for January, 2014

Snow Days

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

”Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow” is the chant all the New Hanover County kids are chanting this morning as they await their winter wonderland. In anticipation of inclement weather New Hanover, Pender, Brunswick, Columbus, Bladen, and other surrounding counties have all cancelled school today and will probably do the same for tomorrow. In addition to schools being cancelled, many courts are closed as well.

While hopes are to get the fun and exciting snow, for now it seems that it is just a lot of sleet and ice. This can cause for slick and dangerous roads, especially for those who are not familiar with driving in these types of conditions. A good rule of thumb is to just stay off the roads, however if you must go out driving here are a few tips for safe driving:

1. Decrease your speed and leave yourself plenty of room to stop

2. When braking, brake gently to avoid skidding and if your wheels start to lock up then ease off the break.

3. Turn your lights on to increase your visibility to other motorists.

4. Keep your lights and windshield clean.

5. Use lower gears to keep traction, especially on hills.

6. Don’t use cruise control or overdrive

7. Be especially careful on bridges, overpasses and infrequently traveled roads, which will freeze first. Even at temperatures above freezing, if the conditions are wet, you might encounter ice in shady areas or on exposed roadways like bridges.

Be careful on the roads and avoid any unnecessary trips out of the house, yet if you or someone you know finds yourself in an accident or with a citation during this arctic takeover, then please contact us at Collins Law Firm at 910-793-9000910-793-9000 for a confidential consultation.

By Rachel Reynolds, Paralegal at Collins Law Firm

Martin Luther King Jr. Day – January 20th, 2014

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

It comes time for another holiday weekend in Wilmington, NC as we celebrate a weekend full of activities and events to help celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, January 20th, 2014. Thanks to the M.L.K Celebration Committee and their sponsors, these activities continue to be an important educational and community building event here in Wilmington and Southeaster North Carolina.

On Friday, January 17th, 2014 they will kick off the weekend with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Banquet held at our Wilmington Convention Center with guest speaker N.C Supreme Court Justice Cherie Beasley.

On Saturday, the morning will be started with the N.A.A.C.P/MLK Breakfast at the Warwick Center located on UNCW’s main campus.  Thereafter, the fun will continue with a Kids Fun Day at the William E. Murphy Sports Complex during the day and followed that evening with the Car & Bike Show and Soul-Food Cook-Off.

The activities will start back up on Sunday with the Ecumenical Service to be held at the Fifth Annual Baptist Church and the HBCU (Historically Black College/University) Experience at the Williston Middle School gym where you can watch St. Augustine University Marching Band go head-to-head with Elizabeth City State University Marching Band.

Then, for the finale of the weekend the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade will be held in historic downtown Wilmington, NC, lineup will begin at 9:00am.

With all the activities and events that are to be held this weekend, it will be a weekend full of travelers and patrons hoping to participate in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend celebration. We would like everyone to take caution while driving around town this weekend as the roads should be busy with those celebrating.

Remember, should you or someone you know receive a traffic ticket, get into a fender bender or serious accident, or receive a DUI/DWI or other citation this holiday weekend, call us at (910) 793-9000(910) 793-9000 .

By Rachel R. Reynolds, Paralegal at Collins Law Firm