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Halloween and DUI’s

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October is here and that means Halloween is only a few weeks away. For kids, this means getting ready for a massive candy score after trick-or-treating. Adults are often more concerned with what parties they will be attending that night. These can be a lot of fun, provided the person is responsible with their actions.

It’s no secret that there will be alcohol at these parties, and most adults will enjoy themselves. This alone isn’t a problem. The real problem arises when people who have been drinking decide that they are going to drive. Drunk driving is always a bad idea. It can get a person into a lot of trouble, and yet people break this law all of the time.

DUI Is Illegal in California

It is illegal to get behind the wheel of vehicle while intoxicated, or high, in the state of California. The reason for this is that being drunk, or high, greatly reduces a person’s mental capacities. They have less control over their body movements and have slower reaction times.

All of this adds up to really bad driving. If something unexpected happens in front of a drunk driver, they will be less likely to react in time to avoid an accident. They also struggle to perform simple tasks such as driving in a straight line. Bottom line, all of this puts people in danger.

Penalties of Driving While Drunk

The penalties for driving while drunk here in California depend on a few different factors. For starters, is this the driver’s first time breaking this law, or have they done this before? Also, was someone injured or even killed due to the driver’s actions. All of this plays a part in how the driver is punished for driving drunk.

For a first time offense, a person faces:

  • Up to 6 months in county jail.
  • A max fine of $1,000.
  • A 4 month driver’s license suspension or 6 months with an ignition interlocking device (IID).
  • 3 – 9 months of DUI school.

A second offense comes with:

  • Up to 1 year in county jail.
  • A max fine of $1,000.
  • A 2 year driver’s license suspension or 1 year with an IID.
  • 18 – 30 months of DUI school.

Third and subsequent offenses come with:

  • Up to 1 year in county jail.
  • A max fine of $1,000.
  • A 3 year driver’s license suspension or 2 years with an IID.
  • 30 months of DUI school.

If another person is injured due to the driver’s actions, then the driver can face either misdemeanor or felony charges. For a misdemeanor DUI with injury, the penalties are pretty much the same as a first time DUI offense, except the max fine is increased to $5,000. For felony DUI with injuries, the penalties are:

  • 16 months to 16 years in state prison.
  • A max fine of $5,000.
  • 1 year of driving with an IID.
  • 18 – 30 months of DUI school.

As one can see, the more often a person drives while drunk, or high, the worse the consequences become.

Don’t Drive While Drunk

Driving while drunk is bad enough on any other day of the year, but becomes extra dangerous on Halloween. On this night, lots of kids are out and about trick-or-treating. This means that a drunk driver is more likely to get into an accident on this night, and that accident is more likely to involve children.

No sane person would want to risk getting into a car accident with children, so why take the chance? That is why anyone planning on drinking this Halloween should also plan a safe ride home. Assign a designated driver (DD) before going to the party, and make sure the DD knows they are the DD. In addition, getting a safe ride home is less than a phone call away nowadays with apps like Uber and Lyft. There is no reason for anyone to drive drunk.

A person can usually also count on a friend or family member to come pick them up too. While the loved one may not enjoy the call, it is arguably better than finding out someone was hurt because they decided to drive drunk rather than bug someone.

Let’s keep this Halloween safe and fun by not driving while drunk or high this year!

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California and Earthquakes

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Here in California, there are a few different types of disasters that state residents have to be prepared for. One of the big ones is earthquakes. The San Andreas Fault Line runs through most of California, with hundreds of other smaller faults lacing the state. Due to this fact, every Californian needs to be prepared for an earthquake to occur at any time.

While scientists continue to study faults and earthquakes, there is still no proven method for predicting and forecasting earthquakes. An earthquake can occur at any time, and will do so without warning. If a person uses a specific app, they may be able to get a few seconds warning but that isn’t much.

The Great Shakeout

Each October, people from earthquake prone areas around the world participate in what is known as the Great Shakeout. The Great Shakeout is an organization with the goal of helping make sure everyone is prepared to deal with an earthquake. The group sets aside a day every year, for 2019 the date is October 17th, where people from around the world pledge to practice an earthquake drill.

Most people remember practicing earthquake drills back when they were in school. It wasn’t a whole lot of fun, and most people have stopped practicing that since graduating. This is a bad thing, since repetitive practice is what helps ensure a person remembers something even when scared or in a panic.

With the sudden nature of earthquakes, it is safe to assume that people will be scared and panicked when one occurs. However, with the proper practice, a person will be more than prepared to deal with one. That is why The Great Shakeout exists to help people be better prepared.

How to React

Most people are aware of the basic safety tips for earthquakes. When the shaking starts, and a person is indoors, they should drop, cover, and hold on. This means dropping to the ground, finding cover under a sturdy piece of furniture such as a desk or table, and then holding on until the shaking stops.

The same method applies for outdoors, though the person should first try to get away from any tall structures that could drop debris on them, then drop, cover, and hold on. While finding a safe, open space is important when outside during a quake, a person should be careful while walking through a quake so that they don’t hurt themselves.

If a person is in a vehicle when an earthquake hits, they should safely pullover to the side of the road in a clear location away from trees and powerlines and wait for the shaking to stop. Once the shaking has stopped the person should proceed with caution. The road and other structures could be damaged. There can also be aftershocks.

For a more comprehensive collection of safety tips, check out one of our other articles on earthquakes here or check out the earthquake section of Ready.gov here.

Be Prepared

Living in California means living with earthquakes. The state is one of the most earthquake prone in the country, it is part of what gives the state all of its beautiful mountains. However, the sudden shaking can be very terrifying. The aftershocks following larger quakes can be nerve-wracking.

When it comes to dealing with earthquakes, the best thing a person can do is be prepared. A person can be prepared by knowing how to react during and after an earthquake. A simple way to do this is by identifying good places to take cover. Doing this before the need arises can really pay off when an earthquake actually occurs. Better ways to be prepared include regularly running earthquake drills and having emergency plans ready to go.

Interested in learning more about the Great Shakeout and how to join the movement, check out their website here.

Do you have any earthquake stories or tips you want to share? If so, leave a comment down below. You never know, maybe your story can help someone else.

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Beware of Extreme Heat This Summer

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Summer is in full swing here in California, and many parts of the state are feeling the heat. While for some this is a nice change of pace from the cold of winter, for others this is just another extreme to be dealt with. Just like the cold, the heat can become harmful and even deadly. That is why people need to take the proper steps to ensure their health and well-being this summer.

When the weather grows indescribably hot, there are several things a person should do to keep cool. At excessive temperatures, keeping cool isn’t just about comfort, it is about staying healthy. At high temperatures, a person can suffer from heatstroke or heat exhaustion. Both can be very serious conditions, have their own unique symptoms, and require their own responses to keep the person suffering from them safe. The following information comes from the National Weather Service’s website.

In addition, heat cramps could be a warning sign of these illnesses starting to take effect in the person. If a person has been in hot weather and is suffering from cramps, usually in their legs or abdomen, they should:

  • Apply firm pressure to the cramping muscle.
  • Massage the muscle.
  • Sip on water so long as the person isn’t nauseous.

Feeling Tired from the Heat?

Spending too much time in the sun, or even just a warm area, can cause a person to suffer from heat exhaustion. When a person is suffering from heat exhaustion, they will experience the following symptoms:

  • Cool, pale, clammy skin.
  • Dizziness.
  • Fainting.
  • Fast, weak pulse.
  • Heavy sweating.
  • Muscle cramps.
  • Nausea, vomiting.
  • Weakness.

If a person is suffering these symptoms, they should get to a cooler area as soon as possible. They should loosen, or if possible, remove clothing to help cool off. If the person is conscious, give them sips of water. Apply cool, wet clothes to as much of the body as possible.

If the person vomits more than once, seek immediate medical attention.

The Signs of Heat Stroke

Heat stroke is another, more serious heat related condition. The symptoms of heat stroke include:

  • Altered mental state.
  • Body temperature over 103 degrees.
  • Confusion.
  • Dizziness.
  • Faints.
  • Hot, red, dry, or moist skin.
  • Nausea.
  • Rapid, strong pulse.
  • Shallow breathing.
  • Throbbing headache.

If a person exhibits these symptoms, contact 911 or get them to a hospitable immediately. If waiting for emergency services, move the person into a cooler area, preferably with air conditioning. Apply cool, wet cloths to as much as the body as possible or put them in a cool bath. Fan them only if the air temperature is under 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

Do not give the person fluids.

Stay Cool This Summer

During the warm summer months, it is important for person to keep cool, not just to remain comfortable, but to remain in good health as well. Not only does a person need to keep an eye on themselves during these warm times, but they need to watch out for those who can’t take care of themselves or those who are more susceptible to heat such as young children and the elderly. Doing so could keep them safe this summer.

It is also important to remember to stay hydrated when in hot weather. The human body uses water, in the form of sweat, to help regulate the body’s temperature. Without enough water, the body can begin to suffer from one of these illnesses.

What are some ways that you like to keep cool during the summer, especially while working? Let us know in the comments down below and help other people keep cool this summer.

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What Is the Fourth Amendment?

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Here in the United States, we are granted a lot of rights and freedoms thanks to the US Constitution. Many of the most basic rights we have come from the Bill of Rights, which is the first ten amendments of the Constitution. One of the many important amendments there is the Fourth Amendment.

The Fourth Amendment prevents unreasonable search and seizures of a person’s property. The official wording is as follows:

    “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

What this means, is that law enforcement officials cannot search or take a citizen’s belongings unless they have reasonable suspicion that criminal activity has or will take place, or have a warrant. This also states that the officers can only search and seize things that are listed on the warrant they presented.

This simple law protects a person from having their house searched, and belongings taken without reasonable cause. Reasonable cause means that officers cannot simply search a person because they feel like it. Instead they need to find proof and provide enough evidence that warrants their need to search the house.

The Fourth Amendment is one of many laws within the US Constitution that helps protect everyday citizens from government officials abusing their powers. This is why the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights is so important. They give us our rights and freedoms, and help keep the government from abusing its power.

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California’s View on Golf Carts and Alcohol

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All of us know that alcohol and driving a car/pickup truck/motorcycle don’t mix. In order to avoid getting a DUI some people decide that rather than drive their car to the local bar or party, they’ll take a golf cart instead. They figure that since you don’t need a driver’s license to operate a golf cart, you don’t have to worry about the police.

Unfortunately, California’s legal system doesn’t see things the same way.

Golf Carts and the Police Have Long History

It often seems like a joke when a report of someone getting pulled over while driving a golf cart appears in the newspaper or social media outlets, but the truth is that since the first production of motorized golf carts all the way back in 1951, golf carts have been involved in a number of police incidents. You can look at police records in any state, probably even every county, and find instances where someone was operating a golf cart after having one to many and did something silly, such as trying to take the cart on a freeway, running it into a wall, and even driving it into a swimming pool and lake. There have even been cases where operating a golf cart while under the influence has resulted in fatalities.

California’s Policy About Golf Carts and DUI’s

While the laws about driving a golf cart while under the influence of either alcohol or drugs vary from one state to another, in California Section 23152 of the California Vehicle Code makes it very clear that in the eyes of the court, the golf cart is a motorized vehicle and you will be charged with a DUI if you’ve been drinking. It also means that if you have an open container in it while you’re driving on a public roadway, you can also be charged.

One man faces DUI charges in California after he made a mistake while turning the golf cart, which resulted in the him flipping the cart and becoming pinned beneath it. He was arrested after the police lifted the cart off him.

If you plan on going out for the night and having a few drinks, the best way to keep yourself out of jail is by leaving both your car and golf cart parked in your garage and arranging to take a taxi, Uber, or have a friend act as a designated driver.

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Noise Complaints: Be the Peace Keeper

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We all want to be in control of our lives. We want to decide when we sleep, and when we wake up. However, if we have unruly neighbors or loud kids, we may find ourselves lacking control. That lack of control can lead you to try to fix things and eventually trying to take matters into your own hands. Just be aware that all actions have consequences.

When dealing with loud neighbors try not to get involved. You might not know what is going on next door. You’re only hearing the argument; you’re not actually seeing it. Their relationship could be tense and maybe even abusive. The first step in dealing with an obnoxious neighbor would be calling the landlord. If your neighbor isn’t under a landlord, trying calling them to let them know they’re disturbing the peace. If you don’t have a way to contact them, the next step would be to call in a noise complaint with the police. If the relationship sounds abusive and isn’t ending this should be one of your first steps. If your neighbors aren’t arguing and are just loud in general, calling the police should happen after trying to contact your neighbors directly.

If you live in the suburbs, or the city, dealing with car alarms going off is a pretty regular occurrence. The hope is that eventually you either get used to hearing them or that the owner of the vehicle figures out how work their alarm. Car alarms going off means one of two things, someone is trying to break into the vehicle or someone is accidentally setting their alarm off. More than likely it’s the latter. This makes it very irritating for anyone that can’t tune out the car alarm. You can call in a noise complaint of a car alarm but there are different rules for each county. Some counties will only consider it a noise issue if the alarm has been going off for ten minutes.

If you have a dog that won’t stop barking you may have the police called on you for a noise complaint. Dogs that are continuously barking after 10 p.m. in most counties can cause their owners to receive a heavy fine. Excessive barking can be reported to your local animal shelter. You must know the location of the dog, and give a description of the incident. The owner of the barking dog can have up to two strikes, after the second complaint about the dog’s barking, the owner must appear for a hearing.

Like most laws, noise laws vary depending on your area. If you have issues with loud neighbors, noisy car alarms, or barking dogs your best solution will be to educate yourself on how you can fix your problem. Calling the police may seem like a quick easy fix, but it’s not always a solution. Don’t just feel bitter toward your neighbors; be proactive in fixing the problem in the most diplomatic way that you can manage.

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Does a Business Owner Have the Right to Deny a Dog Entrance?

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As a business owner, you might think that you have the right to say whether dogs are allowed to enter, but the law often has a different opinion. This is something one restaurant owner discovered the hard way.

A Sign is Ignored

The evening was going smoothly in the Seafood World restaurant. The food tasted great, the diners were happy, the employees were smoothly doing their jobs, but things quickly fell apart when one woman entered the establishment, walking right past the “No Dogs” sign the owner had posted near the door, and leading her dog into the dining room.

Irritated that his obvious sign had been so blatantly ignored, the owner walked over to her and asked that she take her dog outside. The dog’s owner refused, explaining that since her animal was a service dog, it had as much right to be there as she did. Things got heated and eventually the police showed up.

When the police questioned both the two individuals involved in the dispute, they noted that not only was the dog wearing a service animal vest, but that the woman also had paperwork showing that the dog was really a service dog and had been gone through a great deal of accredited training. Based on this information, the police arrested the restaurant owner. The charges are unlawful interference with rights of blind/disabled persons.

Blurred Lines

In all fifty states, the laws clearly state that service dogs are allowed into public buildings, including restaurants. Most business owners understand that and don’t have any problem admitting an animal that’s clearly assisting an individual suffering from an obvious physical handicap. The problem business owners currently face is that dogs are being trained to perform a variety of services, including early seizure detection, helping individuals suffering from PTSD, and more. These service dogs are also allowed to enter any business that’s open to the public, even though it’s not as easy for to identify what service the animal provides.

Emotional support dogs have thrown another monkey wrench into things. Emotional support animals are ones that don’t provide a service, but whose physical presence comforts their owner. Many people who have an emotional support dog assume that they can take the animal everywhere. Business owners can tell the owners of emotional support animals that they have to remove the animal, but they should be prepared for an argument. Many owners of emotional support dogs don’t understand the difference between service and support animals and are adamant that they have every right to bring the animal into the business.

In order to avoid a situation like the owner of the restaurant who asked the woman to remove her dog, most business owners don’t object to the emotional support dogs. Hopefully, better rules that clearly state the difference between emotional support and service dogs are on the horizon.

Do You Want to Keep Your Teen Driver Safe

Do You Want to Keep Your Teen Driver Safe?

Do You Want to Keep Your Teen Driver Safe

Speeding is something that every driver has been guilty of at least once. We have all had days where our patience ran thin and we found ourselves rushing to get home as quickly as possible. We know doing so is a bad idea, and yet we did it anyways. Speeding puts drivers at an increased risk of experiencing a more severe accident.

Out of all of the age groups, teens are some of the most likely to speed. This is largely due to their inexperience with driving, and their excitement of finally having a bit of freedom to go where they choose. To ensure the safety of their children, parents need to make sure that their children understand how dangerous speeding can be.

An important fact to point out, is that speeding doesn’t just mean going over the legal speed limit for the road. This also refers to driving too fast in certain road conditions such as rainfall or heavy traffic. A driver needs to know when they should slow down, and that knowledge comes largely from experience. This means it is up to a parent to pass this knowledge down to their children.

While teaching your son or daughter to drive, don’t just tell them to slow down. Doing that doesn’t teach them, you need to explain to them why they should slow down. Is the road wet? Are there too many cars too close together? Explaining these different scenarios to your teen driver will help them identify when they need to slow their vehicle down, which will help keep them safe.

At the end of the day, that is all any parent wants to do. A teen getting their license is a very exciting, and nerve wracking, time. The teen just can’t wait to get out on to the road, and as their parent, you want to make sure that they’re safe. The best way to do that is by teaching them everything you know about driving, which include knowing when to slow their vehicle down.

Catfishing and Dating Apps

Catfishing and Dating Apps

Catfishing and Dating Apps

As time goes on, dating apps and online dating are becoming increasingly more popular. While this has helped many people find the love of their life, it has also led to quite a bit of pain for some people. Unfortunately, not everyone online is who they say they are. This fact can lead to a lot of heartbreak when a person pretends to be someone else on a dating website.

Most people know of this kind of thing as catfishing. This is when a person pretends to be someone else on social media sites. Typically, the intent of doing such a thing is to either better meet implied social criteria, such as being a certain weight, or to scam people into giving money away.

When a person pretends to be someone they are not, and enters into an online relationship with a person, they can cause some serious emotional damage. To them, the relationship is not real, but to the person they are catfishing, the relationship is very real. When the victim inevitably discovers the truth of the matter, they can be devastated.

A person who falls victim to something like this can suffer:

  • Emotional damage
  • Potential loss of money
  • Psychological damage
  • Public embarrassment

None of this is fun, which is why people who use online dating sites or apps should be aware of the signs of being catfished. A person should always check the other person’s profile page, and see how much information is actually there. Is there a lot of information about the person? Are there linked social media accounts? Check the linked accounts. Fake accounts typically don’t have a lot of friends, nor do they have a lot of activity on them.

Lastly, the person should consider the interactions they have had with the other person. If the suspected catfisher has been inconsistent, or avoids meeting with the person, then there is a pretty good chance of them not being honest.


Online dating can be a great way for a person to meet “the one”, however people should be cautious. Not everyone is who they say they are online.


History of Valentines Day

History of Valentines Day

History of Valentines Day

It’s time to pull out the candies and red hearts because Valentine’s Day is here. Single bodies beware or go into hibernation since ridiculous grand gestures of love are here. Couples, be prepared for the stress that you’re about to endure because all eyes are on you this season. Why do we do this to ourselves every year?


Once upon a time, February was deemed to be the month of romance according to History.com. Long ago during the third century of Rome, when single men made better soldiers and marriage was outlawed for young men, there was a saint named Valentine. He realized that denying two young souls unity in marriage was unjust. Valentine began to wed young couples in secret and until he was caught and sentenced to death.


There is another story containing another Saint Valentine. In this story, Valentine was imprisoned for rescuing Christians from the harsh Roman rule. He supposedly fell in love with the jailer’s daughter. Valentine would write love letters to her signing them, “from your Valentine” coining the popular phrase in our culture today.

Valentine’s Day, according to History.com, has been around for a long time. The holiday merged with a pagan celebration and developed into what we know today. However, some still believe that we actually celebrate it on the day that St. Valentine death, but who is to really know now. As a part of the pagan celebration it was tradition for the single men in town to draw a name and choose the woman that he’d be with for a year. A combination of the two events has transformed into what we all know as Valentine’s Day.