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Don’t Let Road Rage Ruin Your Life

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With summer in full swing, people from all over the state of California, and the rest of the country, are busy enjoying summer their vacation. While this is fun for a lot of people, the trips can be a bit taxing. Nobody likes to be stuck in a car for extended periods of time. Doing that can make just about anyone cranky. If this affects the driver, it can easily lead to a bit of road rage.

Pretty much every driver out there assumes they are better than everyone else at driving. Their feelings often get “proven” when another driver makes a bad decision. This can lead to road rage, which if not kept in check, can quickly spiral out of control. One Alabama woman recently learned this fact the hard way.

Road Rage Shooting Incident

In Dodge City, Alabama, couple were driving their car when things got a bit heated between them and another driver. As their road rage grew worse, the woman pulled a gun out. She attempted to shoot the other driver, but missed. She somehow ended up shooting her husband.

The wife was arrested and her husband taken to a local hospital in critical condition after being shot in the head. The wife is facing charges of attempted murder, second-degree assault, and reckless endangerment.

Tips to Deal with Road Rage

The fact that people have very little patience when they are tired and stressed is no secret. Everyone gets a bit cranky like this. For many people, they are most cranky and stressed when they are behind the wheel of vehicle. A person has to deal with so many people while driving, and it’s a good chance that they are just as upset. This is why driving creates prime conditions for road rage.

At the end of the day, no one wants to drive while angry. It just isn’t fun. Luckily there are ways to avoid and/or manage road rage.

  • Be kind. A person can prevent road rage from spreading by not shouting at other drivers or using rude gestures.
  • Drive safely. This not only means following the rules of the road, but expecting other drivers to not follow those rules. By being prepared for another driver to make a bad decision, a person is less likely to be caught off guard and become enraged.
  • Plan ahead. While not always possible, planning ahead and leaving at a decent time will make drives less stressful. When a person is running late, they become stressed and more susceptible to road rage.
  • Remain calm. This can be done by taking deep breaths and either listening to calming music or podcasts that get a person thinking about things other than driving. This also includes being understanding of other drivers and recognizing that everyone makes mistakes from time to time.
  • Stay safe. If an angry person ever gets out of their car to talk to a person, that person should make sure their doors are locked and keep on driving. If the other driver begins to follow the person, don’t stop. That person should keep driving and either call the police or drive to the nearest police station.

By doing these things, a person stands a better chance of not getting upset themselves, and not upsetting other drivers as well.

Stay Calm and Safe This Summer

Driving is a big part of everyday life, especially if someone is driving to their vacation. A person should never let road rage ruin their summer vacation, or their life. Things can change in an instant, especially when someone is angry. Don’t let that happen. Stay calm and remember that every other driver on the road is just trying to get to somewhere alive like you are.

Do you have a favorite summer vacation drive? Have you ever had a terrifying road rage encounter before? If so, tell us about it in the comments below.

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Does the ShakeAlert System Work?

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While people all over the country were celebrating the Fourth of July, Southern California got quite a shocking surprise. A magnitude 6.4 earthquake centered near Ridgecrest, California struck around 10:35 am. People from as far away as Orange County and Las Vegas felt the shaking from the quake. The area remained seismically active for the rest of the day, with another 5.4 quake striking the area around 4:07 am.

This quake was followed by a larger one, 7.1 magnitude, on July 5th.

This was all an important reminder for Californians that larger earthquakes can and will happen here. This drew the usual concern about how people should prepare for earthquakes. Some tips that we have gathered in the past on how to do this can be found here. This also drew some concern as people in redlands wondered why they did not receive an alert from ShakeAlert.

What Is ShakeAlert?

ShakeAlert is an early earthquake warning system meant to alert people to earthquakes before they start shaking an area. The system began working in the fall of 2018. There are thousands of earthquake sensors all over the state of California. When one of the sensors detects a quake, it sends an alert to a research facility that then sends the alert out to anyone who has the app on their phone.

It is important to note that this system does not detect earthquakes before they occur. It simply detects the shaking at the epicenter and alerts surrounding areas. Thanks to modern technology, an earthquake can be detected and an alert send to the surrounding areas almost minute before the shaking reaches those areas.

The technology is still in development is largely being used by researchers to study quakes and fine tune the tech. they hope that they will be able to expand the system and give people greater early warnings. While a warning of less than a minute doesn’t sound like much, it can do a lot for people. This kind of warning can help prevent planes from taking off and landing during the shaking. It can stop people from driving onto bridges or into tunnels. It can help utility companies shut down systems and prevent fires from flaring up because of the quake. Those few seconds can actually make a huge difference.

While this tech is amazing, many people in redlands realized that they never received an alert about the quake.

Why Weren’t LA Citizens Notified?

While many suspect that they didn’t receive an alert simply because the system doesn’t work, they would be wrong. The system worked, however it determined that the quake would not be strong enough to warrant alert residents of LA County to the earthquake.

As it currently stands, the system only alerts LA County residents if either:

  • An earthquake of magnitude 5.0 or stronger strikes within the boundaries of LA County.
  • An earthquake that happened outside of LA County will shake the area with an estimated shaking intensity of 4.

While the recent July 4th earthquake was a magnitude 6.4, it was not located within LA County. The ShakeAlert system estimated that shaking in the LA County are would only be intensity 3. This is understandable from a scientific standpoint, as the difference in shaking between a magnitudes is bigger than people realize. A magnitude 5.0 earthquake is 10 times more violent than a magnitude 3.0.

However, for many people, not being alerted to the shaking before it began worried them, and caused them to question the effectiveness of the ShakeAlert system.

The System Does Work

The thing to take away from this is that the ShakeAlert System does work. It only sends alerts to areas that are about to experience large amounts of shaking. This is likely done to keep the alerts more important. If the system sent out alerts for every single earthquake, which California experiences hundreds of little ones each day, people would begin to ignore the alerts all together. It would become a lot like the story of the boy who cried wolf. No one would believe the system when a big earthquake finally hit.

Instead of getting upset that the system didn’t issue a warning for minor shaking, use this as a reminder to stay prepared. A person should have an exit strategy for any room they spend a lot of time in, whether that be at home or work. It is also a good idea to have some supplies stored away in the event that roads are too damaged to use and stores run out of supplies.

Did you feel the Fourth of July quake? Tell us about it, and how well you handled the shaking in the comments down below.

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Do You Know about These Firework Laws in California?

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Whenever anyone mentions the Fourth of July, you can bet that everyone’s first thought is fireworks. These colorful little explosives go hand in hand with the holiday, in fact, this is so true that you can’t buy most fireworks in California unless the holiday is just around the corner. While this may be inconvenient for some people, this is actually required by law within the state of California.

California has several laws regarding fireworks. Firstly, fireworks are divided into two categories within the state, they can either be “Dangerous” or “Safe and Sane” fireworks. Dangerous fireworks are what are seen at professional firework displays. Only people with special display licenses are allowed to set off dangerous fireworks within the state of California.

One of the most prominent laws regarding safe and sane fireworks, is that they can only be sold from noon on June 28th to noon on July 6th. Anyone can set off safe and sane fireworks, provided they are allowed to within their city or district. The problem there being that many places have banned people from setting off safe and sane fireworks on their own.

The restrictions set on fireworks are largely done to try and prevent any fires from starting. As most Californians know, wildfires are pretty common out here, which is why fireworks are banned in rural areas where a stray spark could set something ablaze. Due to their high fire risk, all safe and sane fireworks have to be approved by the State Fire Marshall.

The Fourth of July and fireworks are a lot of fun, however it is important to remember that fireworks can be dangerous when handled improperly. That is why, sometimes it is best to simply go to a professional show. Doing that will give you a much bigger show. No matter what you decide, just be sure to have a fun and safe Independence Day.

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How To Identify Someone Impersonating a Police Officer

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One of the biggest fear many people have is not knowing the real cops from the fake cops. The fact that the news seems to be constantly playing some story about someone who was assaulted by a fake cop does nothing to ease anyone’s fears. The good news is that there are some things you can do to help you know the good guys from the bad ones.

Check Their Badge

The good news is that it’s getting harder for criminals to find authentic looking uniforms and badges. The bad news is that it’s not impossible. When a police officer either pulls you over or knocks on your front door, take a good long look at their badge. Not only should it have the name of the local, county, or state police on it, it should also have the officer’s badge number. If it doesn’t, call 911 and alert them to the fact that you’re dealing with an imposter peace officer.

Check Out the Lights

Most stories about fake police officers involve people getting pulled over by unmarked cars. First, if you are pulled over by an unmarked car, you’re allowed to stay inside your car and request a marked car be sent to the scene. Second, if the headlights aren’t flashing and the individual in question is using a bubble light instead of a strip of lights and doesn’t have any lights attached to the grill of the car, it’s safe to assume that you’re dealing with a pseudo cop. Slow down and contact 911.

Pay Attention to the Local News

As soon as rumors about fake cops start circulating in an area, local news and radio stations are quick to pick up the story and warn everyone about this problem. Pay careful attention to any details that are released about what the fake officer is looking for, how he finds and stops people, and the area that they are working in.

If you’re pulled over by a fake cop, it’s okay to leave your windows rolled up tightly and the engine running while you call 911. The dispatcher on the other end of the line will confirm if you’ve been pulled over by a legit cop or a poser.

If you have the bad luck to run afoul of a pseudo cop, don’t try to take matters into your own hands. Stay calm and if you can’t distract them long enough for you to get help, you should do everything they tell you to. It’s far better to give up your purse or even your car, then to lose your life in a dispute.

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Standing Your Ground While Defending your Home in California

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California, as well as several other states, have what are referred to as “stand-your-ground-laws.” The purpose of these laws is to allow you to use deadly force when placed in a situation where you need to defend yourself. One of the most famous cases where stand-your-ground laws were a factor in getting someone off a second-degree murder charge was in the Florida trial of George Zimmerman.

If you’re looking through a list of California’s laws, you won’t find anything listed as stand your ground laws, what you will find is the Castle Doctrine, which is formally called PC Section 198.5. The strict letter of this particular law enables you to use deadly force whenever you are in your house and are put in a situation where you have “ reasonable fear of imminent peril or great bodily injury.“

The courts will only allow you to use the standing your ground defense during a trial if your case meets a few strict criteria that include:

  • The person entered your house unlawfully
  • While in your house, the intruder was breaking the law (this effectively prevents you from shooting a police officer while they’re in your home)
  • You generally feared for both your safety and the safety of your family
  • No one who was lawfully in your home did or said anything that aggravated the intruder, which prompted them to threaten your safety.

It’s worth noting that the intruder doesn’t have to necessarily be inside your home for the Castle Doctrine to be a justifiable defense. There are several instances where justifiable homicide, California Jury Instructions (CALCRIM #505 and #506,) were used in cases where deadly force was used in the defense of someone who used deadly force to defend themselves while at the movies, in parking lots, and a variety of different scenarios.

If you ever find yourself in a situation where you were forced to use deadly force to defend yourself, the first thing you should do is contact a good lawyer. It’s best to do this before you’re formally charged. The lawyer may be able to argue your case in such a way that the prosecutor decides not to press any charges at all.

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If You Need Info on Bail, Come to Penny Bail Bonds in Rialto

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The thought alone of possibly needing to bail someone out of jail scares most people. This is because nobody ever wants their loved ones to suffer. They especially do not want their loved ones to be stuck behind bars. If that were to ever happen, they would have no idea how to help get their loved one out of jail.

This is not very uncommon, many people have no idea how the bail process works. All they know is that they pay some money to somebody, and then their loved one is released from jail. They do not know anything more specific than that. Thankfully, there are people who have plenty of bail experience.

Finding experienced bail help is as simple as contacting Penny Bail Bonds in Rialto. Our bail agents are some of the best in the state of California. We have been working in the bail industry for the past 30 years. We know everything there is to know about bail, and we will gladly pass that knowledge on to you.

Our professional bail agents have years of experience behind them. They will gladly walk you through the entire bail process. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask because our agents will be happy to answer them. We will answer all of your questions until you are an expert on bail bonds too.

Not knowing anything about bail can be scary, but it is a problem that can easily be fixed by contacting the professionals here at Penny Bail Bonds in Rialto. We have been dealing with bail for the past 3 decades. We will know the best way to help you and your loved one.


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Don’t Lose Your Ability to Drive

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One of the things that we as adults tend to take for granted, is our driver’s license. We are so used to having it, and the ability to drive that it grants us. We have never really considered that it could be taken away from us. After all, being able to drive is a privilege, which means our driver’s license could be taken away from us.

There are several different things that a person could do to get their driver’s license suspended. Here are a few examples:

  • Having multiple traffic violations or speeding tickets
  • Getting a DUI
  • Having too many driving record points
  • Failing to appear in court
  • Failing to pay child support
  • Hot having proof of car insurance

When your driver’s license is suspended, you can no longer drive yourself anywhere. Doing so can result in fines or penalties, depending on the severity of the offense and the reason behind the suspension of the license. The length of the suspension depends on a few different factors, including:

  • The severity of the offense
  • Where the suspension was passed
  • Whether the suspension was indefinite or not

You undoubtedly want to get your license back as quickly as possible, however there is very little you can do once the license has been suspended. You will simply have to wait until the suspension is over. After that, you may have to pay a license reinstatement fee, and other fees as well. The fees you need to pay vary depending on the reason for the suspension. You can learn more by visiting the DMV website.


Along with the fees, there could be other stipulations for you to get your license back, such as completing a DUI program. The best way to avoid all of this, is too follow the rules of the road, and prioritize legal affairs such as court dates and paying child support. As long as you do all of that, you will never lose the ability to drive a vehicle.


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What to do in a Police Chase

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Car chases in the movies are exciting and cool, but in real life, getting stuck in the middle of one is dangerous, and nerve wracking. What is the protocol for civilians who are suddenly in the middle of a car chase? This is not something driving school or the DMV teaches people. Do you move to the side of the road because you hear sirens coming your way? Will you have time? Will you have the room to do so?

If a driver has the time and room to move over to the side of the road to let the car chase pass, then they should do so. This does not happen often though, so in all other instances, the driver should continue driving in their lane at the same speed they are going. The police will maneuver around the driver. A driver should never make a lane change if the car chase is too close. They do not accurately know how fast the police cars are coming up behind them, and the police cannot predict the driver’s decision to change lanes. It is much easier for the police if drivers continue driving as they were.


As much as a driver may want to, they should never try and intervene in a car chase to be the hero who helped catch the suspect. It is a dangerous situation because not only are there fast moving vehicles, but they also do not know the type of person or persons inside the vehicle. They may be armed with weapons or drunk. You can get yourself and others injured.


Car chases are all too common in California, especially in Los Angeles where it seems like there is a car chase at least every couple of nights. Car chases are generally thought of as high speed chases. However, there are times when the speed is quite slow, yet the police do not seem to take advantage and speed up to cut them off. This is because the police have tactics and protocols that they must consider in the moment to successfully stop and apprehend the suspect without anyone getting hurt. The majority of police chases end successfully, because the police know what they are doing and the civilians let them do their job without intervening.