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What Are the Consequences of Hit and Run?

What Are the Consequences of Hit and Run?

The last thing that anyone wants to happen while driving is getting into an accident. Not only are accidents very dangerous to a person’s health and safety, they can be very costly as well. Whoever is at fault, or responsible for, the accident can end up paying a whole lot of money in damages and reparations. Due to this, a lot of people are afraid to get into an accident, which has led to problems.

Some people are so afraid of getting into trouble for causing an accident, that they will flee the scene of an accident. This is called hit and run and it is very illegal. When a person is involved in a car accident, they are expected to stay at the scene and do everything that they can to help anyone who may be hurt. Failing to do so can result in severe consequences for the person that ran.

What Is Hit and Run in California?

In the state of California, the crime of hit and run is laid out under two laws, Vehicle Code (VC) 20001 and VC 20002. VC 20001 focuses on when people are injured or killed while VC 20002 focuses on when property is damaged. Under these laws, a driver is required to stop their vehicle and administer aid whenever they are involved in a car accident that causes property damage or injury.

This means that after an accident, any driver who was involved in it must stop as soon as reasonably possible. They then must apply aid to any injured persons. They are also required provide personal and contact information to the owners of any damaged property, to any injured person, or to any law enforcement agents on the scene. Lastly, they need to notify emergency services as soon as possible.

If a driver fails to do any of this, they could be charged with hit and run, even if they stopped and administered aid. A person could also be accused of committing hit and run for hitting a parked car and not leaving any contact information for the owner.

Hit and Run Consequences

When a person commits hit and run, they become guilty, whether or not they were actually responsible for causing the accident. This means that running from the scene of the accident can make things a whole lot worse than just staying at the scene and applying aid where needed.

Under VC 20002, the consequences of hit and run that results in property damage is a misdemeanor offense. It comes with:

  • Up to 6 months in jail.
  • A max fine of $1,000.

Under VC 20001, hit and run that results in injury or death is a wobbler offense, meaning it can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the facts of the case. When charged as a misdemeanor, a person faces:

  • Up to 1 year in jail.
  • A fine from $1,000 to $10,000.
  • Misdemeanor probation.

A felony charge can come with:

  • Up to 4 years in jail.
  • A fine from $1,000 to $10,000.
  • Felony probation.

What to Do If You Witness a Hit and Run

When people witness an accident, especially a hit and run, they may feel compelled to chase after the fleeing vehicle. However, the larger priority is to take care of the victims of the accident. They could be severely hurt and their health and wellbeing is the priority.

After witnessing a hit and run, immediately call 911 and try to provide as much information about the fleeing vehicle as possible to the operator. This includes things like:

  • The license plate number.
  • The vehicle’s make and model.
  • Description of the damage on the vehicle.
  • Which direction the vehicle fled.
  • Location, time, and cause of the accident.

The police can use this information to track down the suspect on their own.

Don’t Run from an Accident

Getting into an accident can be terrifying, and most people would prefer to not deal with scary things. However, running from the scene of an accident instantly makes a person guilty. Fleeing the scene makes things a whole lot worse for a person, which is why it is best to stay and do everything to help out after an accident.

What do you think of California’s laws on hit and run? Are they too strict or not harsh enough?

Winter Weather Driving Tips

Winter Weather Driving Tips

Winter weather has arrived in California and that makes for some treacherous driving. This becomes even more problematic when combined with the fact that so many people will be traveling for the holidays. Due to this fact, it is very important for all drivers to be prepared to handle inclement weather while on the road this winter.

There are two different types of bad weather that can really affect road conditions, rain and snow. When it starts to rain, the roads get wet and slick, making things difficult. However, rain is much more manageable than snow. When it starts to snow, or temperatures drop below freezing, the wet roads become frozen, making driving very dangerous, especially without the proper precautions.

 Tips for Driving in the Rain

When driving in hazardous conditions, such as rainy weather, a person needs to pay more attention to the road. Often times, drivers tend to drive subconsciously and follow the road out of habit. By doing this, a person is less likely to be able to react in time to any surprises. Due to the rain, there can be a lot of surprises.

Some other tips for rainy weather driving include:

  • Turn on headlights. Anytime when things start to get dark and dim, a driver should turn on their headlights, even if they can see okay without them, since the lights make them more visible to other vehicles.
  • Slow down. Due to water on the road, cars will have less traction and will be more likely to lose control. This is called hydroplaning. If a car begins to hydroplane, the driver should not slam on the brakes. Instead, they should take their foot off of the gas, letting the car decelerate naturally and focus on steering the vehicle safely. As the car slows down, it will stop hydroplaning and regain traction.
  • Do not use cruise control in slick conditions. If the car begins to hydroplane, the cruise control will actually try to speed up the car making the problem worse.
  • Be careful when changing lanes. Thanks to the slick roads, cars will need more time to slow down and stop. As such, a driver needs to give themselves more space between cars when changing lanes in order to avoid causing any accidents.

 Tips for Driving in the Snow

Most experts recommend that a person avoid driving in the snow whenever possible, as the road conditions get very dangerous, especially for drivers who have never dealt with frozen roads before.

When a person is driving in the snow, they should keep extra supplies in their vehicle. Some of these supplies should be extra warm clothes, a blanket, food, and water. This is just in case something goes wrong and the person ends up stranded somewhere, like on the side of a road.

Some other frozen road driving tips include:

  • Drive slowly. Driving at high speeds in slick conditions is a surefire way to get into an accident.
  • Accelerate and decelerate slower. Due to the slick surfaces, getting a car to speed up or slow down takes more time and a driver should plan for that.
  • Don’t tailgate. Since it takes longer to come to a stop in slick conditions, a driver should increase the distance between them and the car in front of them.
  • Don’t stop on hills. Trying to get going up a hill from a dead stop in slick conditions is extra difficult.
  • Have chains or snow tires ready to go. The best way to drive in snow is to be prepared, and sometimes that means having the proper equipment.

 Fix-It Tickets

During all of the bad weather and darkness that comes with winter, a vehicle’s lights get a whole lot of use. It is important for a driver to make sure that all of their lights on their car are working properly. This includes:

  • Headlights.
  • Taillights.
  • Brake lights.
  • Turn signals.
  • Rear license plate light.

Failing to make sure these lights are functioning properly is a great way for a driver to get a fix-it ticket. These kinds of tickets give the driver a choice, they can either pay the fine, or pay to get their vehicle fixed. Most people prefer to just get their vehicle fixed. Once they have done that, they need to get a certified person to sign off on the ticket to prove that the problem was fixed.

A driver can avoid the headache of a fix-it ticket by checking all of the exterior lights on their car before driving anywhere this winter.

 Stay Safe Out There

Experts recommend that people avoid driving in rainy and snowy weather whenever possible because it is more dangerous. However, that isn’t always possible for people. So, if a person does need to drive in inclement weather this winter, they need to do so carefully.

By following the tips above, a person should be better prepared for the bad driving conditions that winter may throw their way. Do you have any winter weather driving tips that didn’t make the list? If so, share them in the comments below and help everyone stay safe on the road this year.

Shop Safely This Holiday Season

Shop Safely This Holiday Season

 

T

hanksgiving has come and gone and that means everyone can officially begin their Christmas preparations. While this means it is time for a whole lot of decorating, it also means it is time to get the final bits of Christmas shopping done.

While this should be a fun and happy time, there are unfortunately people out there looking to take advantage of holiday shoppers. Anyone looking to do a bit of shopping this holiday season needs to be careful in order to avoid becoming a victim of a crime so close to Christmas.

 Shopping Safety Tips

While most people love this time of year for all sorts of reason from the weather to getting to spend time with family, thieves have different reasons for enjoying the holiday rush. They love the crowded stores and malls because that provides them with plenty of targets and enough chaos to cover their tracks. That is in addition to the shorter days which provide a lot of darkness for them to lurk in. In order to become a more difficult target and avoid being robbed or attacked while shopping, try following these tips.

  • Always lock doors and roll up windows on cars before going into stores.
  • Avoid talking to strangers. Some con-artists work in groups, one distracts the target while the other strikes.
  • Be aware of surroundings as walking to cars. Thieves like to hide behind larger vehicles, or even under your car.
  • Don’t carry too many bags at once, as this makes a person vulnerable.
  • Don’t dress in fancy or attention grabbing clothes while shopping. This can grab a thief’s attention and attract them to you.
  • Have your keys in your hands and ready to unlock your car before leaving the store. This way there is no fumbling to pull them out at the car itself, which makes a person vulnerable.
  • Hide any presents or other expensive items in the trunk so that lurking thieves cannot see them in the car.
  • If you don’t feel comfortable walking to your car, especially at night, ask a security guard or other store employee for an escort.
  • Park in safe areas, preferably under street lights to increase visibility at night. Also try parking close to the storefront to reduce the amount of time spent walking to a car. Avoid parking next to large trucks and vans.
  • Stay alert to what is going on around you.
  • When shopping in the evening or night, always bring a companion with you. There is safety in numbers.
  • Women should not carry purses with them, as these are easier targets for pickpockets. Try to stick to carrying only a single credit/debit card while shopping. This way, no cash can be stolen and only one card has to be canceled if taken.

Online Shopping Safety Tips

With advances in technology, online shopping has become a very large part of the holiday experience. Since online shopping has become so huge, crooks have begun to take advantage of it. In order to avoid falling victim to these people, follow these tips:

  • Avoid using public Wi-Fi in general, but never use it when shopping or banking online.
  • Before filling out private information on an online form, investigate the company/website to ensure that it is trustworthy.
  • If you have fallen victim to an online scam, be sure to close the associated credit card immediately.
  • Learn to spot and avoid email and social media scams, which become more prominent this time of year.
  • Never give out social security numbers online. No online store will ever need that information.
  • Never click on links from unknown sources.
  • Only go to trusted websites by entering the address in the address bar. Avoid clicking links because scammers love to make fake links that lead to their own sites.
  • Only shop on trusted websites, preferably with “https” in front of the address. The “s” signifies that the website is secure, thus making it more trustworthy. Most modern browsers now display a padlock symbol in the address bar next to secure sites.

 Don’t Fall Victim to Crooks

As Christmas draws nearer, more and more people go shopping for gifts for their loved ones. Unfortunately, there are thousands of crooks and other horrible people out there looking to take advantage of holiday shoppers.

So long as a person follows the tips above, they should be able to reduce the chances of getting scammed or robbed this holiday season. Do you have any tips that didn’t make the list above? If so, share them in the comments down below and help out others.

Pay Attention to Your Surroundings

Pay Attention to Your Surroundings

Smart devices and cellphones have greatly impacted society. It used to be, if someone wanted information, they needed to look it up in a book. If they wanted to talk someone, they need to write a letter or find a land line. Now, with all of this wireless technology, people can access the world whenever they want.

The power to do this can be very addicting, so much so that people often struggle with putting the devices down when they should. Trying to do other tasks while on the phone can be dangerous, even if the other task is as simple as walking.

 Watch Where You’re Going

Using a cellphone can be very attention grabbing. People may think they are capable of multitasking with a cellphone, but they often fail to realize how their other tasks may suffer from the split attention. This distraction is why it is illegal to use a cellphone while driving.

Using a cellphone to browse the web or text while walking can be dangerous for the person. They are often more focused on the little screen and don’t see what they are walking into. There are thousands of videos online of people walking into poles or stumbling into fountains because they were on their phone.

Aside from the obvious problem of not watching where a person is walking, there are additional concerns. The people around phone users have begun to take notice of how little they are paying attention. This is not a good thing. Bad people have realized that it is easy to sneak up on and attack distracted walkers. There have been numerous cases of people being attacked or robbed simply because they were walking while using a cellphone. They were too distracted to see the thief or attacker coming. This is just another reason to not use a cellphone while walking.

 City Zombie Laws

In an effort to keep people safe, some cities have begun enacting laws against distracted walking. These laws are often referred to as zombie laws due to how people using their cellphones while walking often shamble and stumble into things like zombies would.

These laws vary from city to city. Some completely outlaw the act of using a phone while walking. Others, only prohibit the act while crossing a street. Either way, both are obviously aimed at keeping people safe by making them pay attention.

Breaking these laws is often not a crime, and so results in no jail time, but a small fine. The fine is usually around $100.

To learn more, and find out if your city has a zombie law, check your city’s local ordinances online.

 Don’t Be Caught Off Guard

Knowing what lies around the next turn in life can be difficult, especially when a person has their head buried in their phone. Walking and using a cellphone can be a dangerous multitasking attempt. A person can very easily misstep and end up colliding with something they’d rather not bump into, such as a pole, fountain, or even a speeding car.

What’s more, is there are bad people out there who have picked up on this lack of attention, and are using it to their advantage. If a person wants to avoid running into something, or being snuck up on in broad daylight, then they need to put their phone down or stop walking until they are finished. Don’t try to do both at the same time.

What do you think of zombie laws that prohibit walking and using a cellphone at the same time? Are they fair, or is it cities taking too much control of a person’s life? Let us know what you think in the comments down below.

Winter Pet Tips

Winter Pet Tips

 

As the end of the year draws near, the weather gets colder and colder. Some parts of California have already reached temperatures that make most people choose to stay indoors. As the temperatures drop, it is important for everyone to stay warm for their own health and safety.

While everyone hurries to bundle up for the cold weather, they also need to consider their pets as well. While most pets have fur coats to help keep them warm, they aren’t impervious to the cold. Just like the cold will eventually worm its way through a jacket, it will do the same to fur. Plus, there is the fact that not all animals are built to tolerate all kinds of weather. Due to this, it is important for pet owners to consider their furry companions this winter.

 Keeping Pets Warm This Winter

There are all sorts of things that pet owners need to consider when winter rolls around each year. Here are some things to think about when the temperatures start to drop:

  • Adjust meals to account for changes in activity. If a dog spends more time indoors and is less active in winter, then they don’t need as much food. However, if they go out a lot and are more active, then they need more food. Plus, staying warm in the cold consumes energy, so that alone means needing more food.
  • Bring pets inside. While they may have fur, a lot of pets are just as susceptible of getting frostbite and hypothermia as people are. Think of their fur as permanent jackets. Animal can resist the cold for a little bit like people can, but eventually they need to come inside too.
  • Check under the hood of your car before starting it. Outdoor cats are always looking for warm places to hide, and a warm engine can be a nice place to curl up for a nap. Unfortunately, if someone comes by and starts the car up again while the cat is still there, disaster can occur.
  • Increase time between baths. Just like people, pets can suffer from dry skin, which can be dried out from baths. Since putting moisturizer on with all of that fur is a bit difficult, it is best to simply reduce the number of baths pets get in winter to help prevent the skin from drying out in the first place.
  • Keep dogs on leashes near bodies of water. Letting a dog off their leash near water is how the dog can end up running across the ice and falling in.
  • Keep walks shorter. Reducing the lengths of walks can reduce the exposure to the cold and help prevent any cold related health risks.
  • Provide jackets for pets. Some animals simply don’t have the fur to deal with cold or snow. Think of Chihuahuas and their short fur.
  • Provide proper shelter. The best place for pets to be in winter is indoors with their owner. However, if that is not possible, make sure outdoor pets have adequate shelter from the cold. The floor of the shelter should be raised above the ground, the door should face away from the wind, and a heavy burlap or plastic sheet should cover the door. The inside should be large enough for the animal to lay down comfortably, but small enough to conserve heat, and have a layer of sawdust or straw to lay on.
  • Take care of your dog’s paws. Wipe their paws after walks near roads that have been salted. The salt can get on the pup’s paws and make him/her sick after licking it off. Try putting booties on dogs’ paws to both keep them warm and clean.

 Consequences of Animal Abuse

California Penal Code (PC) 597 makes it illegal for a person to kill, harm, neglect, or overwork an animal. This includes failing to protect an animal from severe weather. Leaving a pet out in the cold is a type of animal abuse, since the owner is neglecting the health and safety of the critter. As such, if a person doesn’t take the time to care for their pet, they can face legal consequences.

If a person is charged with PC 597, they can face either misdemeanor or felony charges depending on the facts of the crime and the person’s criminal record. As a misdemeanor, a person faces:

  • Up to 1 year in county jail.
  • A max fine of $20,000.

When charged as a felony, a person faces:

  • 16 months, 2 year, or 3 years in state prison.
  • A max fine of $20,000.

Some additional consequences for being charged with animal abuse, regardless of misdemeanor or felony, can include:

  • Having the animal removed from the person’s care.
  • Paying for the animal’s housing costs during the trial period.
  • Mandatory counseling.
  • An additional year in prison if the abuse involved a deadly or dangerous weapon.

 Be Considerate of Animals This Winter

For some people, the cold weather can be fun, in short doses. The same is often true for animals. The cold doesn’t mean that animals need to be inside 24/7 until spring, but they should definitely spend more time indoors rather than outside.

Something else to consider, is this saying “If you’re cold, they’re cold. Bring them inside.” While this is true for most animals, there are a few breeds out there that are better built for cold and snow. One dog breed that springs to mind is huskies. They often prefer colder weather, and with their stubborn attitudes, they may resist their owner when it comes time to go back inside. Basically, before reporting anyone for animal abuse, make sure the parent isn’t out there trying to coax the stubborn animal back inside.

What do you think of California’s take on animal abuse? Are the consequences too steep, or are they well deserved? Do you have any additional winter safety tips for pet owners that aren’t on this list? If so, share them in the comments down below and help other pet owners keep their critters safe this winter.

Typically Broken Laws on Black Friday

Typically Broken Laws on Black Friday

 

Halloween has come and gone, and Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching. For some people, this means it is time to get ready for a feast. For others, it is time to prepare for their holiday shopping, and the biggest day for shopping falls on the Friday right after Thanksgiving.

Black Friday is filled with thousands of incredible deals on all kinds of items. If a person is looking to get something expensive, either for themselves or a loved one, Black Friday is typically the day to get that item. There is a pretty good chance it will be heavily marked down.

Unfortunately, all of these amazing deals are limited, and so Black Friday has a tendency to get crazy. Some people will do anything for a good deal, including harming their fellow shoppers, hurting and harassing store employees, and even damaging the store itself. Here in California, doing any of those things can get a person into legal trouble.

 What Laws Are Usually Broken?

Despite the amazing and limited deals that are available on Black Friday, every shopper needs to be on their best behavior. If they cause too much commotion or trouble, they could very easily find themselves in trouble with the law.

The first law that a person can get into trouble with on Black Friday would be Penal Code (PC) 415. This is California’s disturbing the peace law. A person can break this law by doing one of three things:

  • Fighting, or challenging to fight, someone in a public place.
  • Maliciously disturbing a person with unreasonably loud noises.
  • Using offensive words to provoke a fight.

The first and third instances are primarily what can occur during a Black Friday shopping spree.

Next up on the list of crimes a person can commit while Black Friday shopping is assault or battery. For starters, despite how they are often used, California law defines assault and battery differently. Assault is defined by PC 240 as an attempt to use force or violence on someone. Battery is defined by PC 242 as actually using force or violence on a person. If severe injury occurs, then a person faces charges under PC 243.

As far as PC 242 is concerned, actual harm or pain does not need to be caused to the victim. All that matters is that the “attacker” touched the victim in an aggressive or threatening manner.

The last item on the list of possible crimes someone could commit while shopping on Black Friday is vandalism. California PC 594 defines vandalism as maliciously defacing, damaging, or destroying someone else’s property. A person could easily break this law by destroying property within the store.

 The Penalties for Breaking These Laws

Breaking PC 415 can be either an infraction or misdemeanor offense. How the offense is charged typically depends on the facts of the case and the person’s criminal record.

As an infraction, this charge comes with no jail time and a max fine of $250. As a misdemeanor, it comes with:

  • Up to 90 days in county jail.
  • A max fine of $400.
  • Informal probation.

Breaking of PC 240, assault, is a misdemeanor offense. It comes with:

  • Up to 6 months in jail.
  • A max fine of $1,000.
  • Informal probation.

Battery that does not cause serious injury is a misdemeanor offense under PC 242. This means it comes with the following consequences:

  • Up to 6 months in jail.
  • A max fine of $2,000.
  • Informal probation.

Under PC 243, battery that results in serious injuries can be charged as either a misdemeanor or as a felony depending on the facts of the case. As a misdemeanor, a person faces no more than a year in jail. As a felony, a person can face between 2 to 4 years in state prison.

Vandalism can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony under PC 594. How the offense is charged is dependent on whether the amount of the damage was more or less than $400.

If the damage was less than $400, then the offense is charged as a misdemeanor and comes with:

  • Up to 1 year in county jail.
  • A max fine of $1,000, unless the person has a previous conviction of vandalism in which case the max fine is $5,000.
  • Informal probation.

If the offense is charged as a felony, a person can face:

  • Up to 3 years in county jail.
  • A max fine of $10,000, unless the total damage was more than $10,000, in which case the max fine can be $50,000.
  • Informal probation.

 Don’t Get Into Trouble This Black Friday

On Black Friday, every shopper is looking to score some good deals. Unfortunately, there aren’t enough deals for everyone to get what they want. This can lead to fighting, which can get a person into a lot of trouble with the law. Nobody wants that, especially around the holidays. That is some extra stress that most people would prefer to avoid.

The important thing to remember is that everyone is just trying to get a good deal like everybody else. Instead of getting in a fight over some object that may or may not be needed, a person should be thankful for what they already have, that is what Thanksgiving was all about.

What do you think about these different laws and how people can get into trouble on Black Friday? Do you go Black Friday shopping, or do you prefer to wait for Cyber Monday? Let us know what you think in the comments down below.

Reckless Driving in California

Reckless Driving in California

 

W ith the millions of people here in California driving every single day, it should come as no surprise that there thousands of car accidents daily. Sometimes the accidents couldn’t be avoided, and other times the accidents are caused by a person driving their vehicle in a dangerous fashion.

What many people fail to realize is that driving recklessly is actually a crime here in the state of California. It becomes even more of a crime when that reckless driving causes an accident and someone gets hurt. In order to keep people safe, and to avoid getting a ticket, drivers need to follow the rules of the road.

 California’s Reckless Driving Laws

Here in California, Vehicle Code (VC) 23103 is the law against reckless driving. This law prohibits a person from driving with wanton disregard for the safety of people and property. This is due to the fact that a person driving recklessly is more likely to cause an accident. That is something no one wants to deal with, so lawmakers tried to discourage that kind of behavior by making it illegal.

All sorts of different acts can be considered reckless driving, ranging from speeding and swerving through traffic, all the way down to eating or applying makeup while driving.

If someone else, other than the driver, is injured in an accident caused by reckless driving, then the driver will get into even more trouble. This is regardless if the reckless driver caused the accident. After all, the whole point of the law is to prevent that from happening in the first palace.

Aside from reckless driving being illegal, the act of recording reckless driving, or even just intending to record reckless driving, is illegal. This is done under VC 40008. This law makes it illegal to record reckless driving for commercial purposes.

 The Penalties for Reckless Driving

VC 23103 is a wobbler offense, meaning that when someone is accused of driving recklessly, they face either misdemeanor or felony charges. The severity of the charges depend on whether or not someone, other than the driver, was seriously hurt or if property was damaged.

If there were no injuries, than the driver faces misdemeanor charges that come with:

  • Up to 90 days in county jail.
  • A max fine of $1,000.
  • Misdemeanor probation.

If there were minor injuries to a third party, which can include a passenger in the driver’s vehicle, people in other vehicles, or a pedestrian, then the driver will face misdemeanor charges that come with:

  • Up to 6 months in county jail.
  • A max fine of $1,000.

If someone suffered any serious injuries, the driver can face either misdemeanor or felony charges. What the driver will face is dependent on how the prosecution goes after the case, or if the driver had a prior conviction for reckless driving, exhibition of speed, or DUI. If charged as a felony, the driver will face:

  • 16 months, 2 years, or 3 years in county jail.
  • A max fine of $10,000.

If someone is killed because of the reckless driving, then the driver could face vehicular manslaughter or even second-degree murder charges.

If a person is accused of breaking VC 40008 for recording reckless driving, they will face misdemeanor charges. This comes with:

  • Up to 6 months in county jail.
  • A max fine of $2,500.

However, if a minor was present in the vehicle at the time of the incident, the charges go up to:

  • Up to 1 year in county jail.
  • A max fine of $5,000.

 Drive Safely and Avoid a Ticket

Driving recklessly can be done in all sorts of ways, and it is always dangerous. That is why there is a law against reckless driving. Lawmakers didn’t want anyone to get hurt because a driver didn’t take the time to consider other people.

When driving from one place to another, a driver needs to consider everyone else that they are passing by on the road. Speeding, swerving across lanes, and distracted driving put not only the driver, but everyone else, at risk. One small mistake can lead to an accident with deadly consequences. If that happens, the driver will likely face harsher consequences than just driving recklessly.

What do you think of California’s reckless driving laws? Are they justified, or do their consequences need to be readjusted? Let us know what you think in the comments down below and remember to drive safely.

There for You Anywhere in California

There for You Anywhere in California

 

No one ever expects an arrest to occur, but a person can get arrested at anytime, anywhere. If someone you care about got arrested in the state of California, you can count on Riverside Bail Bonds. We are a statewide bail bond company that has helped thousands of Californians get their loved one’s released from jail over the years.

We have bail agents located all over the state of California. They work in local offices, or roam the areas in between offices. This ensures that we cover the entire state and will always be there to help you. No matter where you are, or where your loved one was arrested, we will be there for you.

On top of being able to help you anywhere in California, our bail agents are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This means that the moment you learn about the arrest, you can talk to a professional bail agent. Day or night, one of our agents will be ready and waiting to help you deal with your situation.

With their years of training and experience, our bail agents will be able to answer all of your questions. They can explain every part of the process for getting someone released from jail.

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No matter where you are in California, you can count on Riverside Bail Bonds to be there. With our local agents scattered across the state, we will always be there for you, no matter the time. Our expert agents will be ready to answer your questions and help get your loved one out of jail today.

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What Is Own Recognizance Release?

What Is Own Recognizance Release?

There are so many different terms that can come up when dealing with bail. It can be a lot to take in all at once, especially while concerned for a loved one. Luckily for you, the professionals here at Riverside Bail Bonds in Rialto can answer your questions and explain any part of the bail process to you.

One term that can come up during the bail process is Own Recognizance (OR) release. When a person is OR released, they are released from jail without the need to post bail. All the person needs to do to get released is sign a paper saying that they agree to show up for all of their court dates. This is what most people would prefer to get, rather than posting bail, but it isn’t easy.

A judge decides if a person will need bail and how much it will be. In some instances, a judge may decide that a person can be trusted to return to court without needing to pay any bail. The judge comes to this decision by looking at the crime the person has been accused of, their criminal record, and a few other things.

While a person would prefer to not have to post bail to get out of jail, that decision is up to the case judge. Posting bail can be an affordable option if you come to Riverside Bail Bonds in Rialto for help. We work hard to make bail easy and affordable for all of our clients. We do this by providing the following for our clients:

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If you need help getting someone out of jail, or understanding some aspect of bail, contact Riverside Bail Bonds in Rialto. With their years of training and experience, our agents can help you handle every aspect of bail here in California.

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Parking in Front of a Fire Hydrant

Parking in Front of a Fire Hydrant

 

Any driver that lives in a city knows the hassle of finding a decent parking spot. This gets incredibly difficult in highly populated areas, such as cities, or even at popular spots in rural areas. If there is someplace that a lot of people want to go to, it is safe to assume that parking will be limited. This can make finding a parking spot very frustrating.

What can get even more frustrating is finding a clear spot on a curb and thinking everything is solved, only to realize there is a fire hydrant. In some instances, people will decide that they would rather park in front of the fire hydrant than look for another spot. After all, the curb is empty, and how often is the hydrant actually needed anyway?

Well, what these people may not realize, is that doing so is actually against the law here in California.

 California Law against Parking in Front of a Hydrant

Parking in front of a fire hydrant is illegal in the state of California under Vehicle Code (VC) 22514. Under this law, no one is allowed to stop or park along a curb within 15 feet of a fire hydrant.

However, there are a few exceptions to this. If a licensed driver is sitting in the front seat who can immediately move the vehicle if need be, they won’t receive a ticket. Cities can adopt local ordinances that reduce the range from 15 feet to 10 feet. Lastly, vehicles owned by, and clearly marked, by a fire department can park in front of hydrants.

While most fire hydrants are marked with signs or a red curb, not all hydrants are clearly marked, and they don’t need to be. It is the responsibility of the driver to see fire hydrants and know not to park in that specific area.

Parking in front of fire hydrants is illegal due to the fact that, while unlikely, they could be needed at any moment. If a fire breaks out nearby, the fire fighters will need that hydrant to combat the blaze and save lives and property.

 Penalties of Parking There

Parking in front of a fire hydrant isn’t a crime, so a driver won’t go to jail for doing so. However, it is still illegal and therefore a person can count on getting a ticket, amongst other things. The ticket will have some small fines, somewhere around $100.

In some instances, the vehicle can even end up getting towed. In which case, the owner of the vehicle will have to pay some fees to get their vehicle back.

Lastly, in the event that a fire breaks out and fire fighters need access to the hydrant, they are allowed to do what they need to in order to get to the hydrant. More often than not, this means breaking the windows of the vehicle to run the fire hose through. When this happens, the driver is left with repair bills and a ticket, because it is a safe bet to assume that law enforcement agents will notice the vehicle in front of the hydrant now.

 Don’t Park in Front of Fire Hydrants

Fire hydrants are emergency tools that are meant to help fight fires. While they aren’t needed all of the time, when they are needed, they are important. They can mean the difference between a building burning down or not. That is why it is illegal to obstruct them by parking in front of them with a vehicle.

While trying to find a good parking spot near popular areas can be very difficult, parking in front of a hydrant is never a good idea. It can very easily cost a person more money than it would have to just find another spot.

What do you think about California’s law about parking in front of hydrants? Is it a good law, or does it need to be adjusted? Let us know what you think in the comments down below.

What Counts as Distracted Driving?

What Counts as Distracted Driving?

 

Pretty much every driver out there is aware of that the fact they should not drive while distracted. Some of the worst culprits for causing distractions behind the wheel, are smart phones. These amazingly useful handheld devices allow a person to access the internet and everything held within it. Unfortunately, that is a very dangerous thing to do while driving.

Distracted driving can be deadly, which is why it is illegal here in California. Unfortunately, despite knowing this, many drivers are still very guilty of putting themselves at risk by driving while distracted. 

California’s Different Distracted Driving Laws

As far as California law is concerned, there are two different ways that a person can get into trouble for distracted driving. How a person is charged is dependent on what activity they were performing when they should have been focusing on the road in front of them.

California Vehicle Code (VC) 23123 is the state’s cellphone and handheld device use while driving law. This law makes it illegal for anyone to use a cellphone, or other handheld electronic device, for any reason while driving. However, there are a few exceptions to this law:

  • Drivers are allowed to use devices if they are setup for a hands-free mode.
  • Drivers are allowed to use phones while driving if they are calling 911.
  • Emergency services drivers are permitted to use cellphones while driving.
  • This law doesn’t apply to drivers driving on their own personal property.

VC 23124 is similar to the above law, but is directed at minors, anyone under the age of 18. This law states that any driver under the age of 18 is never allowed to use a cellphone or handheld device while driving, regardless if it is in a hands-free mode or not.

VC 23103 is the state’s law surrounding reckless driving. This law makes it illegal for a person to drive on any road or parking area with wanton disregard for the safety of people or property. Law enforcement officers can sometimes use this law as another way to charge a driver with distracted driving. While the state’s distracted driving law only mentions driving with cellphones, distracted driving can mean all sorts of different activities.

Some acts that can be distracting while driving include:

  • Applying makeup.
  • Changing clothes.
  • Eating.
  • Looking for something in the back seat.
  • Petting an animal.
  • Reading a book or newspaper.
  • Talking.
  • Watching a movie.

All of these activities detract from a driver’s focus on the road, thereby making them dangerous to do while behind the wheel.

 Penalties for Distracted Driving in California

The legal penalties a driver can face for distracted driving vary depending on the law they have been charged with and how severe the incident was. For instance, a person accused of VC23123 will only face infraction level charges. This means the driver won’t face any jail time, but will have to deal with a $20 ticket for a first time offense, and a $50 ticket for any subsequent offenses.

If a minor is caught breaking VC 23124, they will face the same fines as an adult would.

If someone is charged with VC 23103 for distracted driving, they will likely face misdemeanor charges, unless someone was injured. Misdemeanor charges for this law come with:

  • 5 to 90 days in county jail.
  • A max fine of $1,000.
  • 2 points on the driver’s record.

 The Dangers of Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is very dangerous. In fact, some studies have found that distracted driving is even more dangerous than driving while drunk. This seems to be due to the fact that drunk drivers are still trying to focus on the task of driving. Meanwhile, distracted drivers are only giving half of their attention to the task. This makes them much more likely to get into an accident, which could have very serious consequences.

On top of distracted driving being incredibly risky, it can also get a person into legal trouble. Who would want to get a ticket, or face possible jail time, just because they were eating or applying makeup behind the wheel of a vehicle? A driver needs to focus primarily on driving and getting to their destination safely.

What do you think of California’s different approaches to distracted driving? Are the laws and how they are applied fair, or do you think they need to be readjusted? Let us know what you think in the comments down below.

5 Commonly Ignored Driving Laws

5 Commonly Ignored Driving Laws

 

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nyone who has ever driven knows that there are a lot of laws to follow while on the road. With so many different things to pay attention to, it can be hard to follow all of the rules 100% of the time. This is especially true when people witness others breaking certain laws and figure if those people can do it, so can they.

There are dozens of different driving laws that people break every single day. Some of the most common ones include the following:

 Speeding over the Limit

This one is obvious. People speed just about everywhere you go, but especially in California. In fact, it is not uncommon to come across sections of highway where the posted limit is 55 mph and yet every driver on the road is doing a minimum of 70 mph. Regardless, driving over the posted speed limit is illegal no matter how many other drivers do it.

 Stopping at Stop Signs

Some drivers see stop signs and somehow read them as “slow down a little” instead of “stop.” This in turn leads to numerous accidents. In addition to that, it can lead to a ticket for the driver. Failing to stop at a stop sign is an infraction level offense that comes with a small fine and a point on a driver’s record.

 Seatbelts Are Required

For a lot of people, buckling up when they get into a car is automatic. However, some people struggle with the idea of buckling up every single time they are in a vehicle. Being in a moving vehicle without a seatbelt is not only dangerous, but also illegal. This can earn a driver another infraction, and if they are driving a vehicle with someone under the age of 16 unbuckled in the car, they can face a separate citation for that as well.

 Distracted Driving Is Dangerous

Everyone is aware that driving while distracted by just about anything, but mainly smart phones, can be incredibly dangerous. Some studies have even found that distracted driving is more dangerous than driving while intoxicated or drunk. This is likely due to the fact that at least the drunk driver is trying to focus on the road, while the distracted driver is more concerned with sending a text, applying makeup, or eating. Despite this, and the fact that distracted driving is illegal, people do this every day. If a person doesn’t wind up in an accident, they could face a ticket with some small fines.

 Hit and Run

Whenever people mess up, they are afraid of the consequences. After all, nobody likes getting into trouble. Unfortunately, sometimes things happen and a person is in an accident. The worst thing they can do is leave the scene of the crime. If they do this, it no longer matters if they were responsible for the accident. They left the scene and could have even left someone injured and dying. That is horrible, which is why it is illegal for a driver to leave the scene of an accident that they were involved in without first administering any needed aid or leaving contact information. The consequences for doing so can vary depending on the severity of the accident.

 Keep These Laws in Mind While Driving

There are all sorts of laws that California drivers seem to forget about. Drivers need to remember these rules, not only to avoid an expensive ticket, since even the small fines are often a few hundred dollars, but to avoid ending up in a serious accident. Many of these laws were enacted to help keep people safe while driving. Failing to follow several of these could easily cost a person their life. Nobody wants that.

Are there any other California laws that you see drivers forgetting on a regular basis that are missing from this list? If so, share them below and help other drivers remember them.