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Autopilot Is Not the Same as Automated Driving

Autopilot Is Not the Same as Automated Driving

Autopilot Is Not the Same as Automated Driving

Today’s modern world has granted us all access to a lot of different and spectacular technologies. You can now print from any smart device without needing to plug a cable into the printer. If you have a Tesla, you can even summon your car from its parking spot. This is called Enhanced Autopilot and it allows Tesla vehicles to do some pretty amazing things.

However, this autopilot feature does not allow the car to drive itself, nor does it allow a driver to drive while drunk. This is a lesson one San Francisco man learned the hard way. Recently, one San Francisco man was pulled over by California Highway Patrol on the Golden Gate Bridge. The reason being, the car was stopped in traffic with the driver passed out behind the wheel.

When officers awoke the man, he assured them that everything was okay because his car was on autopilot. He swore that made his drunken state okay, however, it does not. Tesla’s Enhanced Autopilot should not be confused with automated driving. Enhanced Autopilot is an advanced driver-assistance system, it does not drive the car on its own.

Due to that fact, it is not okay for someone to get behind the wheel of their Tesla while drunk, like this San Francisco resident did. When officers tested the man, he had a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of more than double the legal limit. The California Highway Patrol immediately arrested the man on suspicion of DUI.

Since the incident, Tesla has confirmed that its Enhanced Autopilot feature is meant to be used only with a fully attentive driver. Fully automated cars are still pretty new technology, and are pretty hard to get a hold of. For the time being, people will just have to keep driving on their own, which means staying away from the wheel while drunk.

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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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No Child Left Behind

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As the weather begins to warms up again here in Southern California, we would like to remind parents that convenience is not always the better option, especially when it comes to your kids. It could be the line that defines whether you are a good or bad parent!

For example, you just picked up your 5 year old from pre-school. You need to make a quick stop at the store to buy toilet paper before you go home.

You have two scenarios:

1. Bring your child into the store with you and possibly deal with their crying, screaming, running around, nonstop talking, grabbing and breaking things, etc. Imagine the most nightmarish trip to the store.

2. Leave your child in the car and you will be in and out of the store in 10 minutes. Easy peasy!

Well, unless your child is 7 years old or older, you must go with option 1 because in California, it is illegal to leave a child 6 years old or younger unattended in the car unless they are supervised by someone at least 12 years old. At the same time though, you will need to consider your child’s responsibility and maturity level, and their willingness to be left alone in the car if they are 7 years or older. It could be that your 9 year old son is too immature to be left alone in the car for 10 minutes, or he feels uncomfortable left alone in the car for that long.

Moreover, if it is a hot sunny day outside, the car gets heats up quickly. This builds a dangerous environment for anyone inside the car, especially young children.

Violators of California’s laws regarding children left alone in cars can face fines. In more serious scenarios, child endangerment charges can be brought forth, which is punishable with jail time. You may think that leaving your child alone in the car is harmless, but things can go the wrong way very quickly.

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What to Expect with the New Marijuana Laws of California

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As you know, California passed Prop 64 last November, making marijuana usage legal in California. However, as you might expect, the prop is not that simple to follow. There are details and complexities written within the prop and forthcoming laws. There are regulations and concerns that must be addressed.

Here is what you should know right now:

  • Anyone over the age of 21 can use, possess, and share up to one ounce of flowers or eight grams of concentrate of marijuana.
  • Anyone over the age of 21 can grow marijuana at home. What is tricky now is that a person cannot purchase a cannabis plant. Rather, they must receive it from another person who is already growing marijuana, and there must be no money transfer. In addition, no more than 6 plants may be grown at home at one time.
  • The state has until January 1, 2018 to get through all the rules and red tape so they can begin issuing licenses to marijuana businesses. Do not expect many stores to be ready to sell product until 2018 unless a customer has a medical card or license.
  • Similar to how smoking cigarettes and tobacco in public is illegal, smoking and/ or ingesting marijuana in public is illegal.
  • If a person plans on traveling outside of California, they cannot take marijuana with them and vice versa. No outside marijuana is allowed to be brought into California.
  • Being under the influence of marijuana and driving at the same time is illegal, no matter how much or how little was smoked.

The state and local and federal governments will continue to flush out the laws on marijuana use in California over the next year. There will be state-wide laws and then there will be more localized laws by county or city. It will be a slow transition until everything is ready to go.

If you are a marijuana user, the safe bet is to stay up-to-date on news and changes with the marijuana laws so you do not accidentally get into trouble.

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Common Bail-Related Terms to Know

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Understanding bail and bail bonds is like trying to understand a new language for most people. With professional help from Tustin Bail Bond Store, everything is clearer and makes more sense. Plus, bail is met sooner and smoother, with Tustin Bail Bond Store. Consultations are free, but if you want a head-start on understanding some basic key terms and what they mean, keep reading!

    Premium
    This refers to the cost of a bail bond and it will be 10% of the full bail amount. For example, if a judge sets a person’s bail at $50,000, the bail bond would be $5,000. This is non-refundable and can be paid in cash, check, credit, or debit. Tustin Bail Bond Store also offers flexible payment plans.

    Surety Bond
    A bail bond falls into the surety bond category, which is an agreement between the defendant, the court, and Tustin Bail Bond Store. The defendant pays the premium while Tustin Bail Bond Store will extend surety credit. If the bond is compromised and forfeited, Tustin Bail Bond Store will pay the forfeiture to the court, and then the defendant will reimburse Tustin Bail Bond Store.

    Indemnitor or Co-Signer
    This person is responsible for making sure the defendant shows up for their scheduled court date and obliges to any and all other release conditions and agreements. This person may also offers collateral, as security for taking on this role. If they fail, they lose collateral. However, they also have the right to withdraw from this position at any time, at no consequence to themselves.

    Bounty Hunter
    A bounty hunter works for the bail bond company and will go out and capture defendants, out on bail, who have fled. Upon successful capture of the fugitive, the bounty hunter is rewarded with payment. Bounty hunters must be licensed properly.

    Collateral
    In addition to the premium that is owed for a bail bond, collateral is often a requirement as well. This most often is in the form of real estate, transportation vehicles, electronics, firearms, and other valuables. Collateral is returned to its rightful owner once the trial has ended.

Ready to talk to Tustin Bail Bond Store? We will go over all of this again with you since it is imperative you fully understand what is required, what to expect, and everything in between.

Talk to a friendly agent of ours anytime online or at 866-736-6977.

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Consider Using Tax Returns for Bail

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Wise spending and budgeting is an excellent quality to have because every now and then, there are purchases or payments that need to be made that a person was never financially prepared for. One example is when a person suddenly learns they need to pay for their sibling’s bail.

Now, we at Tustin Bail Bond Store would rather that you and your family never have to go through such an experience, but unfortunately, this kind of stuff happens. Fortunately, Tustin Bail Bond Store is here to assist any and all families thrown into such a loop. We will work with you to create a customized payment plan for your bail bond and it will be modified to work around your financial needs and be as hassle-free as possible. Payments can be made in cash, credit, debit, or checks. If you are in need of a bail bond around this time of year, consider using your tax return to help alleviate costs, it could be a big help.

Our bail bond consultations are free and we are available 24/7. So even if you need to talk to us at 3 AM, we will be here to help get your loved one home safe and sound.

Reach Tustin Bail Bond Store online, or at 866-736-6977.

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Texting and Driving? Too Much, New Laws

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Let us be real, these days, texting and driving is no longer texting and driving. It is more like social media-ing and driving, or navigating maps and driving because smart phones have come so far in just a few years. This has caused driving and cell phone laws to be expanded, starting this year.

Starting this year, cell phones must be mounted to the dash, the lower left or upper left corner of the windshield, if the driver wishes to use it while driving. With it mounted, the driver may make one single tap or swipe on the phone.

Other laws regarding cell phone use while driving still exist of course, but the new ones just expanded on them.

The goal is to reduce distracted driving and consequences of such instances like accidents and arrests.

Tustin Bail Bond Store, the Friendly Bail Bond Store Company

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Your friend getting arrested does not have to be the end, you can bail him out of jail with Tustin Bail Bond Store. When your friend is in jail, he can feel trapped and alone, he might think that no one cares about him. Do not force your friend to go through such a painful experience, bail him out today.

Bail agents are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at Tustin Bail Bond Store to help you rescue the people you care about. Day or night, you can count on our bail agents to be there for you. Our phones are only ever answered by real people, never by electronic receptionists. We know how annoying they are so we do not use them.

At Tustin Bail Bond Store we prefer a more human touch when helping our clients. A trained and talented bail agent will always be willing to talk with about rescuing your friend from jail. Just give our agent your friend’s name, his birthday, and the county he was arrested in. Our bail agents will find all the rest of the needed information about your friend.

Get the bail process started now by calling 866-736-6977.

Tustin Bail Bond Store has been helping Californians bail the important people in their lives out of jail since 1987. We understand that to you, your friends and family members are VIPs and so for nearly 30 years we have been helping people rescue their VIPs from jail. Let us help you and your friend as well.

It does not matter where in the state of California your loved one was arrested, we can help. We have offices in cities all over the state, we can bail your friend out of any jail or courthouse in California.

Do not wait another minute, call Tustin Bail Bond Store now at 866-736-6977 to get your fried out of jail.