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What’s In Your Kid’s Halloween Candy?

What’s In Your Kid’s Halloween Candy?

What’s In Your Kid’s Halloween Candy?

Every year, as Halloween rolls around, people begin seeing articles about how they can keep their kids safe during the holiday. One of the big topics is being sure to check kids’ Halloween candies for any tampering before allowing them to eat it. Unfortunately, there are people out there who think it’s fun or funny to harm people by messing with their food.

The first step to making sure your child is safe from tampered Halloween candy is to make sure that they don’t eat any of it while they are out trick or treating. Do not let them eat any of the candies until you have been able to examine it under good lighting. Check for damaged wrappers, candy that smells funny, homemade sweets from strangers, or any candy or sweets not in their original packaging.

If a piece of candy doesn’t seem right to you, throw it out. In this instance, it is better to be safe than sorry, especially when it comes to your child’s safety. If you do find any candy that has been clearly tampered with, such as having needles, razors, or glass shards in it, report it right away to the local authorities.

As uncommon as tampering with candy may be, this kind of thing does happen. Recently Australia has been dealing with people putting sewing needles into strawberries. So, check your kids Halloween candy this year just to be safe.

 

Be Responsible This Halloween

Be Responsible This Halloween

Be Responsible This Halloween

It’s that time of the year again, and people are busily preparing for what custumes to wear this Halloween. Kids are plotting out the best route to get them as much candy as possible, while adults are figuring out which party to go to. However, something else adults should be considering, is who will be driving to the party.

If a person plans on drinking at any Halloween parties, then they need to have a designated driver (DD) or use a ride share service such as Lyft, Uber or even just a taxi. They have to do this because drinking and driving is never a good idea on any day of the year. On Halloween, it is an even worse idea.

On Halloween, kids are out and about trick or treating. This usually continues after the sun goes down. This means that the roads are often dark and lined with kids. This increases the chances of a drunk driver causing a horrible accident. This is why it is so important for a person to drink responsibly.

The likelihood of people getting behind the wheel after drinking at a party on Halloween is why there will also be an increase of DUI checkpoints that night. Law enforcement officers know that there will be more drinking on Halloween night. In order to reduce the chances of any accidents occurring, they will setup numerous checkpoints to catch as many drunk drivers as possible.

If you plan on having a few drinks this Halloween, be sure to do so responsibly.

Designate a friend or a family member to drive, or get a Lyft, Uber, or a taxi cab to get to your destination safe and sound. In today’s world, there is no need to get behind the wheel of a car while drunk. Especially not this Halloween.

 

AMBER Alerts

AMBER Alerts

AMBER Alerts

If you own a cell phone then it’s likely that you’ve heard the buzzer-like noise that blasts from the speakers at any given time of the day. Depending on the time of day, you may or may not be slightly irritated at the unannounced noise. However, this noise, part of the National AMBER Alert Program, could be a signal of life or death for an abducted child.

According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response Plan, also known as the AMBER Alert program, is a partnership between law enforcement agencies, broadcast agencies, and transportation agencies to activate an urgent notification for serious child-abduction situations.

The blaring noise that comes over your cell phone is part of the Emergency Alert System that broadcasts a description of the abducted child, who the suspected abductor is, and the vehicle used for the abduction. This is done in an effort to immediately notify the public or assist in the successful recovery of the child.

You receive these notifications on your phone as part of Wireless Emergency Alert program, when you are in the geographic location that the alert has been issued. Luckily, the alerts are sent through a special wireless carrier so you are not charged the receipt of these notifications.

After you are startled by one of these notifications, it can be very tempting to turn them off – don’t.

AMBER Alerts are effective.

Out of the 179 AMBER Alerts issued in 2016, 155 of the children were recovered and 43 of those recoveries were a direct result of the AMBER Alert being issued. That’s 43 children that were reunited with their families and will be able to grow up.

These alerts aren’t very common, California only issued 10 alerts in 2016. However, as we said before, these alerts could be the difference between life and death. If you’ve turned off these alerts on your phone, we suggest turning them back on. You could be the difference in saving a child’s life.

 

Legal Gambling Options In California

Legal Gambling Options In California

Legal Gambling Options In California

The office football pool and the friendly weekly game of poker you indulge in might not seem like a big deal to you, but if you’re caught, you could find yourself on the wrong side of California’s legal system.

While gambling is legal in the state, California lawmakers have created some specific rules limiting when and how you can gamble.

Casinos Owned by Native American Tribes are Legal

Like most states, the only casinos that are legally allowed to operate in California are Tribal Casinos that are connected to and managed by a Native American tribe. In most cases, these casinos are modeled after Las Vegas casinos, in addition to offering an assortment of gambling options, they frequently have restaurants, entertainment, and lodging available.

Horse Racing is Okay

One of the preferred forms of legal gambling allowed in California is betting on horses. Whether it is Thoroughbreds, Standardbreds, or Quarter Horse races, you can spend as much time placing bets as you would like. The only catch is that the races must be officially sanctioned. You are not legally allowed to bet on the barrel races during county fairs.

Horse racing is the only form of gambling in California where pari-mutuel betting is legal. If you decide to try your hand at pari-mutuel betting while at the races, be aware that both management fees and state taxes are deducted before you’re allowed to collect your winnings.

Card Clubs are Legal

According to the state law, the only type of casinos that can legally operate in California are those run by Native American tribes; however, there is one loophole – Card clubs. These clubs represent California’s oldest form of formal gambling. As of 2016, the state had issued 89 licenses even though only 76 belonged to active card clubs.

The California Gambling Control Act which was introduced and passed in 1998 makes these card clubs legal. To operate a Card Club, the management must:

  • Submit to a highly extensive background check
  • Obey all local ordinances

State law prohibits publicly owned corporations from becoming involved in card clubs.

Card Clubs operate by charging each player a fee before they start playing. Once the game gets started, the players bet against one another. The house doesn’t have a stake in the game.

California Loves the State Lottery

California lawmakers not only permit gambling via state sanctioned lotteries, they encourage it. The couple dollars you spend on lottery ticket is a huge money maker for the state. Both the MegaMillions and SuperLotto Plus are state lotteries.

Gambling for Charity

Charity organizations are allowed to host gambling functions in order to earn money for their cause. The trick is that they have to be a registered non-profit organization. For the longest time, the only game allowed during the events was bingo but in 2007, legislatures voted to increase the types of games charitable organizations were allowed to offer, which is why it’s not common to see poker, raffles, and a few other casino-style games being played at these events.

 

What You Need To Know About Police Radar Jammer Devices

What You Need To Know About Police Radar Jammer Devices

What You Need To Know About Police Radar Jammer Devices

Even though you’re in a hurry to get to your destination, you don’t want to get a speeding ticket. Not only does getting pulled over mean you’re even later getting to work, but there’s also the expense of the fine, plus the extra points on your driving record means your insurance premiums will sky rocket.

One of the things that many motorists consider when they’re hunting for ways to speed and not get caught is the possibility of jamming the police radar. If the officer doesn’t know how fast you’re going, they can’t pull you over.

If your about to purchase a device designed to jam a police radar, don’t. The only thing the device will bring to your life is trouble.

First, using a radar jammer is a Federal offense, and one the courts take seriously. If you get caught using one, a speeding ticket will be the least of your worries.

Not only will driving a vehicle that’s equipped with a radar jamming device get you into serious legal trouble, but now that most officers use laser speed guns or LIDARs means that the laser jammer doesn’t even work. The officer still knows exactly how fast you’re driving.

In California, laws have been passed that specifically prohibit any attempt to interfere with both police laser and radar devices is illegal. California Vehicle Code Section 28150 (Division 12: Equipment of Vehicles, Chapter 5: Other Equipment, Article 17: Jamming Devices) deals with the topic of jammers.

It states that:

  • It’s against the law to drive or equip a vehicle with any type of device that scrambles, jams, disables, or otherwise neutralizes the system a police officer is using to measure the speed of your vehicle.
  • It’s against California’s law to even purchase, possess, or sell a device that’s designed to interfere with the system a police officer is using to measure speed.
  • Having such a device is a misdemeanor.

While you’re not legally allowed to have any device that jams police radars, the state doesn’t currently have any laws stating you can’t have radar detectors in your vehicle. These devices don’t interfere with the system the police use, but they do alert you to the fact that an officer is in the area and that they’re looking for speeding vehicles. Before you rush out to purchase a radar detector, you should know that they’re not always reliable.

 

Do You Have A Scooter Problem?

Do You Have A Scooter Problem?

Do You Have A Scooter Problem?

If you have been to any of the popular beaches around Los Angeles or the surrounding areas lately, you may have noticed a lot scooters lying around. These scooters belong to companies like Bird and Lime. These tech companies supply scooters and charge $1 to unlock the device and 15 cents per minute to use it. Once the person is done with the scooter, they can leave it wherever they like.

This is just one of many tech based ideas that are meant to help clean up urban environments. The idea behind these scooters is to give people a cheap and easy alternative to using a car. The idea sounds great, but has recently begun to receive a lot of backlash in the areas where these products can be found.

Anyone can pick up a scooter, which means that not every rider is considerate of pedestrians and vehicles. Many angry drivers and residents have complained about scooter riders weaving recklessly through traffic and crowded sidewalks alike. This kind of reckless behavior has led to numerous accidents.

Another problem is that these devices can be left wherever for the next person to take, which leads to discarded scooters cluttering sidewalks and parks.

These two factors have created a lot of backlash, leading some city councils to create laws restricting or even outright banning the devices. Some people have even taken things to an extreme and begun to vandalize the scooters. Some people are even brazen enough to posts videos or pictures of their “handy work” on social media.

Make no mistake, vandalism is still illegal no matter how mad you might be at a company or product. In the state of California, Penal Code 594 defines vandalism as maliciously destroying someone else’s property. If the damage is done to something worth more than $400, then the person can be charged with felony vandalism.

While the value of Bird’s scooters is not publicly known, similar devices on Amazon sell for over $1,000. This means that a person could face felony charges for destroying a scooter. This would mean a possible jail stay between 1 and 3 years, plus a max fine of $10,000. Is destroying a scooter really worth all of that?

 

California’s Wobbler Laws

California’s Wobbler Laws

California’s Wobbler Laws

One of the interesting terms you’ll often hear bandied around the California judicial offices is wobbler laws. This is a cute name for a very specific and unique set of laws.

What Are Wobbler Laws

Wobbler laws are laws where the prosecution has the option of deciding whether they want to charge the defendant with a misdemeanor or a felony. The misdemeanor charge not only means that the defendant doesn’t have to deal with the severe, life long consequences of having a felony record, but also usually faces a significantly reduced sentence that includes less jail time and smaller court fines.

A perfect example of one of California’s wobbler laws is assault with a weapon. If a defendant is found guilty of the crime and prosecution has asked that they be charged with a misdemeanor, the most severe sentence the defendant faces is a year in jail. However, if found guilty of the felony version of the same crime, the maximum charge is four years in a California state prison.

How Prosecutors Determine A Misdemeanor Or Felony

There are several things that prosecutors consider when they’re dealing with someone accused of a wobbler style crime. Some of the factors considered include:

  • The criminal history of the accused
  • The circumstances surrounding the crime
  • The overall behavior of the accused during their arrest

In cases like assault with a weapon, the type of weapon used during the crime plays a huge roll in whether the prosecution opts for misdemeanor or felony charges. Someone carrying a large knife is far more likely to get charged with a felony than a person who just happened to grab a wine bottle or pool cue when an argument gets heated.

It’s worth noting that when the defendant is sentenced, the judge can choose to reduce the charge to a misdemeanor.

Why Wobbler Laws Exist

The main reason for wobbler laws is because the lawmakers realized that in things like assault with a weapon and aggravated trespassing there’s a great deal of gray that should be considered during the sentencing. The second advantage of wobbler laws is that it provides the prosecution with some incentive while negotiating plea bargains.

 

Don’t Make Decisions While Hangry

Don’t Make Decisions While Hangry

Don’t Make Decisions While Hangry

Everyone gets hungry from time to time. When some people get too hungry, they get what is called hangry. This is just a fun word for describing how people get angry when they are hungry. When people are hangry, they don’t always make the best decisions. They snap at people they care about and are otherwise in a foul mood until they get some food in their belly.

What may be a perfect example of someone making a bad decision while hangry, is a recent crime from Fayetteville, Georgia. There, an unknown man stole a 53 foot trailer from local gas station. The trailer was filled with ramen noodles, which were valued at roughly $98,000. That’s a lot of noodles.

The trailer was legally parked at the gas station and was supposedly secured. The Fayette County Sheriffs believe that the person behind the crime is also responsible for other vehicle crimes in the area. These crimes include five car break-ins and a stolen motorcycle, in addition to the stolen noodle trailer.

The culprit of the crime has not yet been found, but he will likely regret the decision to steal the ramen trailer, no matter how hungry he may have been at the time. In Georgia, this can earn him anywhere from 1 to 10 years in prison, plus severe fines.

Here in California, this same crime would likely be considered felony grand theft under Penal Code 487 and would earn a person:

  • A prison stay of 16 months, 2 years, or 3 years
  • A fine no larger than $10,000

There could also be additional charges and fines, thereby increasing the penalties. Basically, making a mistake like this while hangry can be very costly for a person. It is far better to simply go to a store or fast food restaurant.

 

Never Try To Race A Train

Never Try To Race A Train

Never Try To Race A Train

Running across railroads is pretty common in day to day life. You may walk alongside one on your morning jog or cross one when driving to work. They are a part of everyday life, and for the most part they do not interfere. However, every once in a while you get stuck at a crossing waiting for a freight train to roll through.

If you are like most people, you find this sort of annoying. You have places to be. Others have felt the same way and attempted to race the train through the crossing. Unfortunately for that person, that was the wrong choice. Trains, especially freight trains, can be very dangerous. It is never a good idea to race them through a crossing.

On average, a freight train can weigh anywhere from 12 to 20 million pounds. Anyone who understands momentum will know that stopping that much weight in a hurry is a very big undertaking. In fact, it can take over a mile for a 12 million pound train to come to a complete stop. Long story short, a train will never be able to stop for someone or something on the tracks.

Over half of all car and train accidents occur at crossings that are equipped with automatic signals. This is due largely in part to the fact that drivers will ignore the signals and try to make it through the crossing without regard for the train. Once the signals start to flash and the arms begin to lower, wait for the train to pass.

It is not worth risking your life.

Another surprising fact, is that a quarter of all train and car collisions occur when a car drives into the side of a train. This happens to drivers who are not exercising the proper cautions for the weather conditions. They are driving too fast in wet or dark conditions, and are then unable to stop in time to avoid hitting the train. This can easily be avoided by adjusting driving habits to match current weather conditions.

If your car ever stalls or gets stuck on the tracks, get everyone out of the car and to a safe distance right away. Then call 911 and alert them to the vehicle on the tracks. They will then contact the railroad, which will halt train operations on the line in question until the car has been moved. If a train is approaching when the car is stuck, get out as quickly as possible and run away from the tracks at an angle. You want to move away from the tracks, but in the direction of the oncoming train. This will keep you safe from the debris that will be caused by the train hitting the vehicle, which will be shot out and away in the direction that the train is traveling.

For many people, crossing train tracks has become a part of their everyday life. This, unfortunately, has led to them forgetting how dangerous these crossings can be for anyone who isn’t paying enough attention. Always be aware of your surroundings near train tracks, and never try to race a train.

 

Back To School Basics

Back To School Basics

Back To School Basics

It’s been one amazing summer! We hope that you and your family have enjoyed quality time together, family vacations, playing outside, and sleeping in. As July comes to a close and we flip the page to August, there is only one thing looming in the minds of children and teens; it’s already time to gear up and head back to school. For parents, this may come as a welcome change but for their school-aged children, this may come as a time of dread.

If your family is like most others around the state of California, then the summer break has meant big changes in your daily routine. This is a welcome surprise for the summer months and allows for a lot for free time for children. However, difficulties and problems may arise when it’s time to go back to school and resume your school-year routine.

We understand that the adjustment to a school schedule can be difficult for every family and we want to help make sure that your family’s transition is as seamless as possible. We’ve scoured the internet to find a few suggestions to assist with this transition.


  • Take your child back to school shopping – You can help build excitement about returning to school by having your child participate in picking out and purchasing his or her school supplies.
  • Enforce bedtimes and wake up times a week before school begins – By starting to enforce a set sleeping schedule, your routine will be easier to start back again when the time comes.
  • Read with your child – Gear up for the school year, and inevitable homework, by setting aside 30 minutes each day to read a book with your child. This will help to get back into an educational-based routine and refresh their mind on reading skills lost in the summer months.
  • Plan after-school activities – Sit down with your child and select a few school organized or community organized after-school activities. This will give your child something to look forward to throughout the week and incentivize going to school.
  • Schedule out family meals – The first few weeks of school can be very hectic. Rather than scramble at the last minute to prepare dinner or ultimately just give in and head to fast food restaurant, plan a meal calendar for your family and purchase items in advance from the grocery store. This will help stay on track with healthy eating habits and save you some money.

There are dozens of other helpful back to school readiness tips floating around from parents like you. Do you have other suggestions about how to help prepare your children for the start of a new school year? Drop us a comment below and help out other parents. We wish you and your family a happy, healthy, and educational year!

 

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