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Stopping for School Buses

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School is back in session once again and for students, that means that the fun of summer is over. For many adults, we assume nothing changes for us when the new school year starts, however that isn’t exactly the case. With the start of school comes additional traffic around campuses, and school buses make a reappearance.

Luckily for most drivers, school buses only operate within certain time frames. This means that they are not around for most of the day. However, the times they are in operation tend to coincide with rush hour traffic to and from work. Having to stop for a school bus when late to work, or after an extra tiring day at the office, can be frustrating.

Some people assume that if they see a school bus stopped, but it is on the opposite side of the street, that they can simply ignore it and keep on their way. Other people will keep going regardless of the stopped bus and the line of cars behind or in front of it. In both instances, this is against the law.

In the state of California, all drivers are required to stop for a school bus that is displaying flashing red lights and a stop sign. Not only will ignoring a school buses stop signals earn a driver a costly ticket, it could harm a child. School buses are used to transport kids to and from school. When they stop along the road, it is either to pick kids up or let them off. This means that there are kids near an active roadway, and extreme caution should be used.

The only time a driver is allowed to ignore a stopped school bus is when it is on the opposite side of a divided roadway. This means that there is either a median or barrier separating the two different directions of traffic. Any other time a driver comes across a school bus with flashing red lights and a stop sign out, they need to stop, regardless of what side of the road they are on. Stopping will only take a moment, and will help keep everyone safe.

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Be Prepared for October 18

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California is pretty well known for having plenty of wildfires, and 2018 has been no exception. This year’s fire season has been one of the worst in state in history, but it was at least expected. The one plus side to wildfires, is that they follow a bit of a forecast. Here in California, wildfires become much more common during the warm months of summer and fall, making them a slightly predictable emergency.

Earthquakes, on the other hand, are just about as unpredictable as emergencies come. They can happen whenever and wherever in California, making them much scarier. Sometimes the ground will rumble, and it will be over in a second, before anyone can even register that an earthquake took place. Other ties however, things can be much worse.

Large scale earthquakes can strike without warning and level entire city blocks. This is a fact that is very common in our state’s history. Cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles have both dealt with the harsh reality of major earthquakes and seen the kind of damage that they are capable of.

Since earthquakes are a part of normal life here in California, it is important for all residents to be prepared for the worst. One good opportunity to practice would be to participate in the Great Shakeout which takes place on October 18th. The Great Shakeout is a unified way for people who live or work in earthquake prone areas to plan, practice, and prepare for an inevitable earthquake.

You may not be able to predict when an earthquake will strike and rattle your life, but you can prepare for one. Every Californian should have an emergency kit and a plan in place for what to do when an earthquake does occur. By being prepared, a person could save their life, or the life of others around them.

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Rules of the Beach

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Nobody wants to think about rules once summer rolls around, the season is about freedom after all. However, the rules still need to be followed. If someone decides to ignore them, they can end up facing some serious fines or even jail time. California law doesn’t care what season it is. If a law is broken, a person will get into trouble.

Beaches are the go to place to hang out in the summer when you live in California. Unfortunately, beaches are also the go to spot for tourist as well. Locals often find their favorite surf spots littered with tourist and trash. This can make for a bad relationship between locals and tourists. If you’re a local, try to be patient with the tourist this summer. They may not know that they’re on a private beach, or that it’s a popular surf spot. If you’re a tourist on the beach this summer, please remember to pick up after yourself. California already has enough problems with water population, we don’t need an extra hand.

Aside from littering, beaches have several other rules as well. You can’t just do whatever you’d like on a beach. Most beaches have set aside areas that are designated for certain activities that are banned elsewhere on the beach. It’s always a good idea to see what rules that a beach might have since they change from place to place. For example according to the LA County website, all beaches in LA County have the following rules:

  • No animals allowed on the beach (no cats, dogs, horses, etc.)
  • No alcoholic beverages
  • No smoking
  • No tents, or overnight camping
  • No fires or barbeques allowed, except in the fire pits at Dockweiler Beach
  • No fireworks
  • No glass containers
  • No loitering between midnight and 6am
  • No amplified music
  • No nudity
  • No diving in shallow water
  • No soliciting or selling merchandise
  • No littering
  • No driving or parking on sand or bike path
  • No disturbances
  • No swimming, wading, surfing, skin dive, scuba dive, or recreation in the ocean after sundown

Like most rules, these rules are designed with your safety in mind. They don’t want glass bottle on the beach because people tend to litter, and broken glass could easily slice someone’s foot open. Loud music may be okay with you and your group of friends when it’s your playlist, but your neighbors on the beach may be offended by your choice of songs.

Rules exist for a reason. Although you may not always agree with that reason, the rule needs to be followed in order for you have the best beach experience. Don’t let the rules get you down. You can always look for beaches that have designated areas for you to have a fire, or a place that allows pets. There are several beaches in California, you just have to find the right one for you.

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Road Trip 101 – How to Prepare

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Summer is for lazy pool days, family vacations, and road trips! If you’re like the 80% of Americans who ventured out on a road trip in 2017 then you know that road trips can be a lot of fun. However, they can also be a little nerve-wracking if you’ve never taken one before. That’s why we’re here to give you a few “rules of the road” for your summer trips. Read below for a list of our top 5 tips for road trips.

    Have a “check-up” completed – It sounds unnecessary but we can’t express how important it is to take your car to a trusted mechanic and have them complete a total body inspection of your car. They will inspect all the hoses, tires, brakes, windshield wipers, and top off your fluids. The initial price of the inspection is only about $50 but can fluctuate depending on if the shop finds any problems. It’s a hassle and just adds to the never-ending list of things you need to do before you embark on your journey, but the peace of mind as you drive is well worth it.

    Submit travel plans to your bank – Can you imagine stopping to grab a bite to eat after a long day of driving and having your debit or credit card declined? Before you leave your home state, be sure to log onto your mobile banking app and submit your travel plans. This alerts your bank that any abnormal purchases in strange states are actually you and not a random credit card thief taking a joyride.

    Keep snacks at a minimum – If you’re like the rest of us then you get excited at the thought of all the snacks you can consume on your trip. Well, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the $50 you just spent on snacks at Walmart wasn’t really worth it. Now, it is a good idea to get a few healthy options, maybe some pretzels or peanuts to munch on when you get tired, but don’t go crazy – it might just leave you feeling bloated and sluggish from the lack of activity and influx of snacks.

    Pack a case of water – We suggest taking the extra money you allotted for snacks and putting it toward a case of water. We know that some people prefer a reusable water bottle, but you never know if the truck stop is going to have a water fountain to fill up your reusable water bottle. So rather than spending $4 for 2 bottles of water at each pit stop, pack a case of water from the start and you don’t have to worry about it.

    Create a music playlist on your phone – In the age of Spotify, Apple Music, and Pandora do people really create playlists anymore? Maybe not, but when you are in the middle of the desert, no matter what carrier your phone has, you’re going to lose reception and there aren’t going to be any radio stations. You’re going to be thankful you were prepared and have something to listen to.

Road trips are a great way to see the country, and they are a great bonding activity for your family. We are by no means experts in the field, but based on our experience we think these five tips and tricks will help make your trips much more enjoyable!

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Fake Trees vs. Real Trees

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It’s time to put up the Christmas trees, and decorate the house for the holiday. Family, and Santa Claus, are coming to town. With holiday cheer on the radio and the smell of sweet, delicious baked goods in the air, all you’re missing is the tree. Now you have a questions to ask yourself: Do you go get a real tree so you can smell the pine, or do you purchase a fake tree to keep for several years? Deciding between which type of tree you should get can be complicated.

According to the LA times, fake trees are better for the environment in some ways. Since you’re not chopping down trees, the earth has more trees, which means more oxygen. Fake trees are also cost effective according to Money Crashers. You don’t have to buy a new tree that ranges from $30 to $150 each year. If you store your fake tree properly, you can keep it for several years to come. However, fake trees spend more time in the dump after being thrown away, since they take hundreds of years to decompose.

However, real trees smell like pine. The experience of picking out a tree every year can also become a family tradition. They also don’t need to be fluffed up to look realistic. Real trees can also sometimes be replanted, so you’re not reducing the oxygen in the air. Real trees can also be recycled easier and can go back into the environment without worry. Unfortunately, real trees can pose a fire hazard if not properly cared for.


Either way, having any Christmas tree is the perfect tree. From tall to small, real or fake, it’s not the tree that makes the holiday, it’s the memories that are made around them.


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Best Hiding Places for Presents

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It’s time to hide some presents. This seemly simple task may be a lot harder than you think. Since we all want to surprise our friends and family with amazing gifts, it would be a bummer to have the surprised ruined because you couldn’t hide the gift well. Here are some tips on finding the perfect hiding spot.

According to a website called House Logic, borrowing a friend’s house to hide gifts at wouldn’t be a bad idea. This takes the gifts out of the house, and out of the way from nosy kids, family members, and other friends. Along the lines of hiding the presents outside of the house, it is also recommended that you hide gifts at your office, if possible. House Logic even suggests that you rent out a storage place to hide presents if you are in a real desperate need to hide gifts.

Another website, Cafemom, has similar ideas for hiding gifts. However these gift hiding spots are in your house. If you have an attic this could be an ideal spot to hide presents, especially if not a lot of people use it. Another location could be your underwear drawer, because nobody is going to want to go through your drawers. Another brilliant idea is to hide gifts in suitcases. This idea works only if you don’t plan on traveling this year for the holidays.


Hiding presents can be difficult. Especially if you have kids actively searching for the presents. If you do manage to find a good hiding spot for your presents, make sure you remember where you put them.


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Preventing Christmas Tree Fires

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Light up your holidays with Christmas lights, not fires. It’s that magical time of year where people get to decorate trees and houses. Unfortunately it’s also that time of year where accidents happen. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) on average there are 200 structure fires started by Christmas trees each year.


It is estimated that one in 32 Christmas tree fires will result in death. Tis the season to be careful.


NBC Washington suggest that you check your lights every year for any deformities, or exposed wires. Any wires that are showing can spark or overheat and cause a fire. They also recommend not over doing it with the plugs and keeping it simple on the number of extension cords you use. Over wiring may lead to a power surge or overheating.

There are also some more obvious warnings about Christmas trees, but are sometimes overlooked. For example you should not have any open flames or heat sources, especially candles, near your Christmas tree. Your tree can easily catch fire from the open flame. If your tree is dry, an open heat source will ignite it. Which is another good thing to remember, keep your tree fresh and watered.

Even though it seems unlikely for a Christmas tree to burn up, it can happen, and if it does it will happen fast. If you want to learn more about Christmas tree fires NFPA has a simple, and helpful pdf on their website.

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Treat Bail Bond Payments Like You do Rent

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Choosing to post bail using a bail bond means:

    1. You pay less, overall
    2. You pay in increments over a custom payment plan
    3. You have an understanding, accommodating, and helpful bail agent

It does not mean that you should not prioritize bail bond payments. Keep track of what you owe and when. Also keep track of when you have made a payment. Look at your spending habits elsewhere. You may find that you need to re-work your budget so you can keep up with bail bond payments like you do your rent and utility bills.

Something you will want to keep an eye out for in the mail is your tax return. Hopefully this will be a rather hefty amount of money that you get back from the government. Instead of splurging this on a shopping spree, apply it towards your bail bond payments. You need to keep up with this or better yet, get ahead.

Keep in touch with your bail agent every now and then. They are there to assist you through the whole process. They have your back and want everything to go right. They’re understanding and accommodating, but that does not mean they will let you off the hook for missing payments.

If you have any questions regarding bail or bail bonds, talk to Yucaipa Bail Bond Store. Agents and representatives are available around the clock both online, and at 866-736-6977.

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Yucaipa Bail Bond Store – Always There

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Not everyone is built the same and we know that some people have a harder time getting their life together than others. Some stay a troublemaker, while others mature and grow out of it. Whatever is going on in these peoples’ lives, they always have Yucaipa Bail Bond Store on their side, as well as a bunch of loving friends and family members too. These are people who, no matter what, never give up on them.

No matter how many times you might need to bail your loved one out of jail, you can rely on Yucaipa Bail Bond Store to help get the job done. Just like you, we want your loved one to be home where they are surrounded by comfort, love, and familiarity. We will do everything we can to work with you on a payment plan and bail your loved one out of jail.

Our bail agents will work alongside you to create a personalized payment plan that fits into your budget. This way, you can spend less time worrying about the bail bond, and more time with your friend or family member. Your loved one will appreciate knowing that you will always be there for them, just like you will appreciate Yucaipa Bail Bond Store being there for you.

Count on Yucaipa Bail Bond Store being the bail bond team you can trust. We can be reached online or at 866-736-6977.

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How Can I Pay for Bail?

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Think of all the ways you can pay for something: cash, credit, debit, or checks. That is plenty of options to pay for a piece of clothing, or for a bail bond.

A bail bond is used to get a defendant out of jail pre-trial. Bail bonds are more accommodating than cash bail for their affordability, flexibility, and of course, methods available for payment. More people go the bail bond route than the cash bail route and it is most certainly not any of a lesser means than cash bail.

When a bail bond is used, a professional bail agent from Montclair Bail Bond Store will be assigned to the case to help the client each step through the process, making it easier and less confusing. Montclair Bail Bond Store bail agents are incredibly helpful professionally, but also for support as well.

Montclair Bail Bond Store knows that most people do not have perfect credit, so we do not require it to bail a friend or family member out of jail. We will make it so you can actually afford to bail out your loved one. We offer a 20% discount for qualified clients. If you, or a co-signer, are a member of the military, a member of AARP, are a homeowner, or have a private attorney, then you qualify for the discount. We will also work with you to create a personalized payment plan that fits into your monthly budget.

Montclair Bail Bond Store is the bail bond team you want on your side. Anytime you need a bail bond, for yourself or a loved one, do not hesitate to contact Montclair Bail Bond Store at 661-949-9999 .