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Driving with a Cell Phone in California

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In California, the laws about using a phone while driving were pretty limited in the past. It used to be, that the law only prohibited the using a device to read, write, or send text based communications. This failed to cover using a phone for any other purpose, which as many of us know, smart phones can do a whole lot of different distracting tasks.

However, that changed at the start of this year. At the start of 2017, California expanded the law to include the use of any and all wireless devices while driving. This new law does not specifically target one smart phone use, such as texting. Instead, this law prohibits drivers from holding and using a wireless device while behind the wheel of a vehicle.

With this new wording, all uses of smart phones are covered, not just texting. There are still some instances when using a device while driving is allowed, and they are:

  • The driver is over the age of 18 and is using a hands-free, voice operated device.
  • The driver is using a factory installed system in the vehicle.
  • The driver is turning of a GPS function on a smart phone, provided the action only takes one swipe or tap of the screen.
  • Drivers under the age of 18 are prohibited from using any devices while driving, even if they are hands free.

All of this is meant to help keep the roads safe for everyone. By updating the law to include all uses of a smart phone, drivers will have less distractions while behind the wheel of a car. Doing this can reduce the number of accidents on the road, and save thousands of lives.


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Texting While Driving Is Illegal

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Being distracted while driving can be very risky. If a driver is not fully paying attention to the road around him or her, they run the chance of hitting something they could have avoided. Car accidents can be very destructive, especially at higher speeds. This is why many state around the country have laws against driving while using a cellphone.

Just this year, California updated its laws regarding cellphones and distracted driving. It used to be, that only using a phone to make a call or send a text while driving was illegal. Now, this new version of the law covers all hands-on usage of a cellphone while driving. The law prohibits drivers from holding and operating any wireless device while behind the wheel of a vehicle.

Drivers over the age of 18 are still allowed to use wireless devices if they are in a hands-free mode.

A driver caught using a wireless device while driving, for the first time will face a $20 dollar fine. A second and any subsequent offense will earn the driver a $50. This may not sound like much, these are just base numbers. After assessment of the situation, the fines will most likely increase to $150 for a first time offense, and over $250 for any subsequent offenses.

Ultimately, texting, or using a phone at all, while driving is not worth it. Not only does a person run the risk of paying a fine, they run the risk of causing a serious accident. A distracted driver can very easily bring harm to themselves or someone else simply because they were not paying enough attention while driving.


Do not take that risk, the message can wait until you reach your destination.


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Next Beach Trip, You Can Bring the Alcohol!

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The list of items to pack for a beach trip is pretty straight forward. You need blankets and towels, sun screen, hats, sunglasses, some water and snacks, and some toys like Frisbees and footballs. One of the main things that stays off of most people’s beach lists is booze since most beaches ban alcohol. Well luckily, if you plan a trip to one of these following beaches, you can bring your alcohol with you because these are alcohol-friendly beaches!

    Kehoe Beach
    Located in Point Reyes, Kehoe Beach is a tranquil beach that can be found after a half mile walk along sand dune and marshes at the northern end of Great Beach. It is an alcohol-friendly beach, but no kegs are allowed. It is best to leave the beach by 10:30 PM latest, since the beach closes at 11 PM and you need to walk back to your car.

    Carmel Beach
    South of San Francisco, but north of Monterey, Carmel Beach offers peace, relaxation, and fun to its visitors. Just like Kehoe Beach, kegs are not allowed, but other alcoholic beverages are. This beach is a plus for dog owners, since it is also a dog-friendly beach, meaning you can let your dog off its leash!

    Malibu Paradise Cove
    Nestled along the shores of Malibu, Malibu Paradise Cove lets you sip on your alcoholic beverage while laying back on the sand or even the beach chairs. The parking lot is not the cheapest, but if you dine at the restaurant there, they will validate. You can also park further up and take a short walk down to the beach. The beach is open from 8 AM to sunset and it is a bit cozy, so go early to claim your spot!

    Descanso Beach Club
    Getting to Descanso Beach Club will take a little extra planning since it sits on Catalina Island. You will need to schedule a boat or helicopter ride over. This beach club offers amenities that really allow you to relax and sip on your cocktail.


Remember that if you bring alcohol to these beaches, and you are driving to the beach, then you need to properly transport the alcohol in your car. If it is a bottle that has been opened already, then the alcohol must be in the trunk. If the alcohol has never been opened, then it can be in the passenger seating areas. That is for getting to the beach.


Now getting home from the beach is another story, since now, you will have alcohol in your system. If you stop drinking early enough, you can be sober enough to drive home safely. If not, you will need to designate someone who is, or end up calling an Uber or Lyft. In addition to your booze, remember to drink plenty of water too to stay hydrated, and eat some food to help soak up some of that alcohol.

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Jaywalking Is a Crime

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While we do it every day without a second thought, driving can actually be quite dangerous. One small surprise is all it takes to cause an accident with disastrous results. That is why there are so many laws that relate to driving to try to keep drivers and pedestrians safe.

This is the main reason for California having laws against jaywalking. Here in California, Jaywalking is defined as a pedestrian crossing a street or roadway in a reckless manner without using a crosswalk or crossing signal.

Crossing a street in undesignated areas is an easy way to cause an accident. Crosswalks are typically located at intersections so that the flow of traffic can be altered to allow for the safe crossing of pedestrians. When a pedestrian jaywalks, he or she is often doing so in an area where cars are moving at high rates of speed.

In areas where there are no crosswalks, drivers are not expecting to encounter pedestrians. Chances are, they will not have enough time to react when they see a jaywalker. This could lead to the pedestrian being struck, and either injured or killed. This is why it is safer to cross at designated crosswalks, and only the signal allows it. No one wants to step in front of moving traffic.

Contrary to popular belief, there are consequences for getting caught jaywalking. California laws states that jaywalking is an infraction, and accused individuals could face a fine up to $191. On top of this, local authorities are allowed add harsher fines and consequences if they desire.


Ultimately, the costs of jaywalking are far too high. A person runs the risk of getting in trouble with local authorities, or causing an accident.


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Conserving Water in California

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While the drought may technically be over for many areas of California, it is never a bad idea to conserve water. Not only is conserving water good for the planet, it can be very good for your wallet as well.

Many people argue against water conservation, stating that 71% of the earth is covered in water. This must mean there is more than enough for everyone, right? Wrong. 97% of all water on Earth is found in the oceans, which means that water is salty and undrinkable. This leaves only 3% of water as drinkable freshwater. Unfortunately, 66% of all freshwater on Earth is frozen and locked away in the polar ice caps.


This leaves very little drinkable water for all life on earth. With population rates on the rise, water conservation is becoming more and more important.


Conserving water can minimize the effects of drought years since there will be a supply stored away for times when water supply is low. This can also help guard against rising costs for water. Water providers will raise the cost of water when demand is higher than the supply. By saving water, you can help keep the supply plentiful, and keep the price of water low.

Here are a few ways you can save water around your house:

  • Turn the faucet off will brushing your teeth. No one needs the water running while they are brushing their teeth, and leaving the tap on like this can save 70 gallons of water a month.
  • Fix that leaky faucet. It may be a small drip here and there, but a faucet that drips 5 times a minute can waste over 200 gallons of water a year.
  • Take shorter showers. Just shaving one minute off of your shower time can help save 75 gallons a month.
  • Water the yard at optimal times. The best times to water your yard are at dusk and dawn. This is when the sun is at its weakest, which will reduce the amount of water that evaporates away.
  • Use native plants in your yard. Native plants will be accustomed to environment where you live, which can greatly reduce the cost of watering.
  • Check you sprinkler system. Broken sprinkler heads and valves can waste several gallons of water a month.

Often times, it does not take much to conserve a large amount of water. All of these little things can add up to quite a bit if just one home does them. Those saving can increase tenfold when other homes chip in and do their part as well.

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What Happens if You’re Arrested Outside of California?

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Here at Moreno Valley Bail Bond Store, we have worked with so many people over our 30 years of experience. Most of the families we assist have only used our services that one time. However, every now and then we have had families come back for bail bond assistance a second or third time.

california-bailbonds No matter where in California they are, we are there for them, just like we will be there for you, if you ever need us.

Unfortunately, that is it, we can only assist with bail for those who are arrested within California. If you, or someone you know, are arrested outside of California, you will need a local bail bond company to help you because there could be different requirements and procedures to bail in that area. We are not permitted to bail anyone, even California residents, out of a non-California jail.

Plus, if you are arrested in another state, your trial will be held there; it will not be brought back to your hometown. So, if your presence is required in court, you will need to make the proper arrangements, which can be costly, timely, and stressful. Getting arrested and dealing with the process within your hometown is stressful enough, so just imagine everything you need to do for an out-of-state arrest.

Like we said, if you, or a loved one, are ever arrested within California borders, you can rely on Moreno Valley Bail Bond Store to assist with the bail bond process.

Moreno Valley Bail Bond Store can be reached online and at 866-736-6977 .

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Moreno Valley Bail Bond Store Rated #1

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Moreno Valley Bail Bond Store is an award-winning, recognized, bail bond company that serves all of California. What would make a bail bond company win an award?

    Top-notch customer service.
    Clients can tell immediately, just over the phone, that their Moreno Valley Bail Bond Store agent is concerned and eager to help.

    Affordability and flexibility.
    Moreno Valley Bail Bond Store seeks the minimum premium payment required, 10%, and works with each client individually to create a customized payment plan. Moreno Valley Bail Bond Store always finds a way to work with anyone who needs them.

    Convenience and reliability.
    As mentioned, Moreno Valley Bail Bond Store serves all of California. Approvals can be made over the phone, but if a face-to-face meeting is required, Moreno Valley Bail Bond Store bail agents will make the trip to the client, not the other way around. Offices are spread all throughout California. You can rely on Moreno Valley Bail Bond Store.

Learn more about our family founded company, and see why so many people rate it the best in the state. If you need a bail bond, consultations are free and bail agents are available 24/7.

Moreno Valley Bail Bond Store can be reached online and at 866-736-6977.

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The Right to Bail is Yours

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When someone is arrested, it is because they are being accused of doing something illegal. They broke the rules and need to be punished. It is easy to think that the odds are stacked against them, but this isn’t always true. After all, even arrestees and defendants have rights to protect themselves, and they have professionals, friends, and family members supporting and fighting for them.

A defendant has the right to remain silent, the right to a lawyer, and the right to a fair and speedy trial. They have the right to bail and Moreno Valley Bail Bond Store is the professional bail bond company to protect this right and see it through.

Bail bonds cost 10% of the defendant’s full bail amount, and the bail amount is based on the crime committed, any criminal history the defendant has, their financial ability to afford bail, and their ties to the community. Payments for the bail bond are handled with a customized payment plan, which makes it easier on the defendant and his, or her, friends and family members.

Moreno Valley Bail Bond Store wants nothing more than to help California families reunite amid stressful situations. We will help you protect your right to bail, so contact us anytime.

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Just Be There for Your Loved One

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You may have had a great start to 2017, but not everyone did. Unfortunately, not everyone includes a good friend of yours. They are not in great spirits right now, but your friend is relying on you to help get him or her through this.

To support them financially, help them get a bail bond from Moreno Valley Bail Bond Store. Bail bonds cost 10% of the full bail amount, and can be paid off on a customized payment plan. The defendant is released from jail as soon as paperwork is processed.

To support them emotionally, you just need to be there for your friend. Tell them to call you up if they need something, or just want to vent. You are going to be a rock for them through this tough time; remember, they are under a lot of stress.

To get a bail bond from Moreno Valley Bail Bond Store, contact us anytime online, or at 866-736-6977 .

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Cash Bail vs. Bail Bonds

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When needing to post bail, a defendant has a couple of options. Which option he or she chooses is dependent on what they can afford.

The first option is cash bail. For this option, the defendant, and anyone on his or her behalf, must pay the full bail amount to the court in order for the defendant to be released. The full amount must be paid before the defendant will be released. The money can be refunded later on, if the defendant shows up for court and does not cause any further problems.

The second option is a bail bond, where the defendant hires a third party bail bond company to assist with the process. The defendant, and anyone on his or her behalf, will pay the bail bond company 10% of the full bail amount, which is called the premium. The premium is paid off over a payment plan that continues after the defendant is released. Collateral is also pledged, but as long as the defendant appears in court and does not cause any further problems, the collateral will be released back to the original owner. The money for the premium, however, is not refunded.

Given the flexibility of the bail bond option, more people go this route than the cash bail. Both are equally legitimate options and choosing one over the other does not necessarily indicate financial stability at all. Even celebrities use bail bonds. It is what the person can afford and what assistance they want.

Learn more about bail bonds by chatting with a representative from Highland Bail Bond Store online, or at 866-736-6977.