Published: Feb 25, 2014 5:49 PM EST
Updated: Feb 25, 2014 6:41 PM EST

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -Over the last few weeks, WINK News has reported many crashes involving vehicles and bicycles in Lee and Collier counties. WINK uncovers how being alert can save a bicyclist' life.

Florida law says motorists have to keep at least three feet distance in between themselves and the bicyclists to keep every one safe on the road.

"I have close encounters just about everyday with vehicles," said cyclist Joe Bonness.

It's a scary reality, vehicles getting too close to bicyclists, while sharing the road.

"We have more accidents daily than just about any other state, and it's not just a little bit more, it's a lot more."

Joe Bonness says driver error and aggressive driving are a recipe for disaster.

"It gets back into alertness and awareness, you have to put your phone down, you have to pay attention to what's going on out there," Bonness told WINK News.

Bonness was suppose ride with his friend, Chuck Kelly who was with a group of cyclists, when a truck, trying to pass the group, hit Kelly.

"Couldn't wait the couple of seconds it was going to take to let the bicycles clear the way, he plowed right into chuck and hit him extremely hard."

This past weekend, a car hit an 80-year-old cyclist on Ben Hill Griffin Parkway. The man died at the hospital.

"You can't say it's the tourist down here, because these people are coming from states that are safe."

Florida law says motorists have to keep three feet in between themselves and a bicyclist.

"You move over three foot, the car behind you realizes there's a reason and he moves over three feet," Bonness explained.

It may not seem like a lot, but it could ultimately mean life or death.

"If you don't give them the three foot area there, you really take away the safety area that is needed to pass."

WINK News checked with the Florida Highway Patrol and learned since 2011, there have also been 11 deaths and 435 injuries.