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What To Expect At DUI Checkpoints This New Year’s Eve

What To Expect At DUI Checkpoints This New Year’s Eve

What To Expect At DUI Checkpoints This New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve is arguably one of the biggest party nights of the year. Everyone is staying up late waiting to ring the New Year in with flair. All of this partying has a tendency to lead to a lot of drinking. Unfortunately, this leads to a lot of people drinking and driving. In order to prevent accidents, many law enforcement agencies will setup DUI checkpoints.

DUI checkpoints may look intimidating, but they are nothing to worry about. After all, they are there to help keep the roads safe for everyone. So long as the person who is driving has not been drinking, they have nothing to worry about.

When a person drives up to a DUI checkpoint, they will likely be instructed to wait until an officer is available to talk to them. Once an officer is ready, they will wave the car forward. From there, the officer will ask the driver a few questions:

  • Where are you coming from?
  • Where are you going?
  • Have you been drinking?

The officer will also ask to see driver’s license and registration.

As long as there are no signs that the driver has been drinking or consuming marijuana, then the officer will allow the driver to continue to their destination.

If the officer suspects that the driver has consumed alcohol, then the driver will be asked to pull over to the side where another officer will conduct a field sobriety test. If the driver fails that, then they could be ticketed, fined, and will likely have to wait for someone to come pick them up.

The whole point of DUI checkpoints is to keep drunk drivers off of the road. They increase in frequency around holidays that involve a lot of partying. That is why it shouldn’t come as a surprise if a driver finds themselves at a DUI checkpoint this New Year’s Eve.

Stay Safe Everyone and Happy New Year!

 

California Requires Solar Panels On All New Houses

California Requires Solar Panels On All New Houses

California Requires Solar Panels On All New Houses

The state of California is known for being pretty forward thinking when it comes to several things, including going green.

Recently, the state of California took another step toward making the state greener by requiring all new homes to be powered by solar.

The California Building Standards Commission voted on the measure in early December and it passed unanimously.

The goal of the new measure is to make California a greener state that is much less reliant on energy generated from fossil fuels. Every new house, starting in 2020, will be required to have solar panels. The panels will have to produce enough energy to provide for the entire house or makeup for all of the electricity and natural gas that the residence consumed over the course of the year.

Opponents of the measure were concerned with how this could negatively affect housing construction in the future. The new measure is expected to raise the cost of building a home by roughly $10,000. Most of that money, about 85%, would go towards implementing the solar panels. The rest would likely go towards making the home more energy efficient.

According to the executive director of the energy commission, there will be two ways for homeowners to reduce the upfront costs of the solar panels. They can either lease the solar panels or sign a power purchase agreement that pays for the electricity generated, but not the panels themselves.

What do you think of California’s latest attempt to go green? Is this new measure a good one, or is it too much for prospective homeowners?

Let us know what you think in the comments down below.

 

Looking To Avoid Road Rage This Holiday Season

Looking To Avoid Road Rage This Holiday Season

Looking To Avoid Road Rage This Holiday Season

The holidays are meant to be a fun and enjoyable time of the year. Unfortunately, the increase in traffic around this time of year can cause a driver to go insane. All of this extra traffic comes from shoppers looking for the perfect gifts for their loved ones and travelers looking to spend time with family.

Dealing with traffic is never fun, and it can have some unfortunate circumstances. Road rage is something that every driver has dealt with at one point in their lives. Luckily, there are ways to reduce or even prevent road rage. Here are a few tips to help a driver prevent road rage this holiday season.

  • Give yourself extra time to get to your destination.
  • Drive carefully and avoid driving in ways that may interfere with other drivers.
  • Listen to calm music that you enjoy.
  • Avoid using your horn as much as possible.
  • Avoid eye contact with angry drivers, it could make things worse.
  • Take deep breaths to keep yourself calm.

No one wants to deal with traffic or the road rage that it can cause. Luckily, experiencing road rage is optional. A driver cannot control how other drivers on the road behave, but they can only control themselves. If a driver keeps a level head, they can ensure that they have a fun and safe holiday driving experience this year.

 

Don’t Get Scammed Out Of Your Donations This Christmas

Don’t Get Scammed Out Of Your Donations This Christmas

Don’t Get Scammed Out Of Your Donations This Christmas

The holidays, especially Christmas, are a time of giving. People are more considerate of one another, and are more likely to give to the less fortunate. While giving to people you do not even know is truly generous, there are some people out there who take advantage of the increased generosity.

Sadly, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of scammers out there. These bad people are aware of the extra good nature out there, and seek to use that for their own advantage. They look for ways to convince people to give money to them, usually through trickery. They have plenty of different schemes that they can use. One that shows up a lot during the holidays is fake charities.

Scammers will try to present themselves as charities in order to get money from unsuspecting people. If a person is looking to make any donations this year, they need to be careful. They want to make sure that their money goes exactly where it was meant to. Here are a few tips to keep your donations safe from scammers this holiday season.

  • Avoid charities that only accept cash, gift cards, or wire transfers.
  • Keep a record of all donations.
  • Monitor bank accounts after donations.
  • Don’t be rushed into making donations.
  • Research the charity in question.
  • Search for complaints about the charity.

So long as a person keeps these tips in mind while making donations this year, they can be sure that their money is going where they are intended to go. Their money will be able to help those in need, just like they wanted.

 

DUI Checkpoints And The Holidays

DUI Checkpoints And The Holidays

DUI Checkpoints And The Holidays

With the holidays here, many people will be out having a good time with family and friends. There will be all sorts of parties going on, and many of them will involve alcohol. If a person plans on drinking this holiday season, then they need to do so responsibly. Not only does this mean knowing their limits when it comes to alcohol consumption, but also having a safe way home planned.

Law enforcement officers know that there will be more people drinking around holidays. Unfortunately, this means that more people will be drinking and driving. In order to prevent this, they will be setting up DUI Checkpoints with the hopes of catching those drivers before they can cause an accident.

If a driver comes across a DUI Checkpoint, they need not worry so long as they haven’t been drinking. An officer will wave the driver forward, then ask him or her a few questions. They will ask to see the driver’s license and registration. They will ask things like where the driver is going, where they are coming from, and if they have been drinking. If everything checks out, the driver will be allowed to proceed without problem.

In today’s modern age, getting a safe ride home after drinking is very easy. A person can assign a designated driver (DD), or hire a taxi, Lyft, or Uber to pick them up. This way, they can get home safely without fear of causing an accident. After all, an accident is the last thing that people want to worry about during the holidays.

 

Don’t Worry, We’ll Make Bail Easier

Don’t Worry, We’ll Make Bail Easier

Don’t Worry, We’ll Make Bail Easier

Most large expenses, a person is able to prepare for. This makes them much easier to deal with and handle accordingly. Unfortunately, saving up isn’t always an option. Sometimes emergencies arise, and they cannot really be prepared for. After all, that is why they are called emergencies. A perfect example of this, would be when a friend or family member gets arrested.

Suddenly, a person finds themselves needing to post bail, but doesn’t have the money to actually do so. This leaves the person in a very tight spot. He or she wants to help out a loved one, but doesn’t think he or she is be able to do so. Luckily, there is a cheaper solution to posting bail alone. Just get a bail bond from David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia.

We provide our clients with bail bonds that only cost 10% of the bail that they are for.

This is a huge discount on the cost of bailing someone out of jail. However, we do not stop there.

We are able to provide an additional discount for clients who qualify.

If a clients has good credit, he or she can qualify to get 0% down on the bail bond. This means that the the first month of the payment plan is FREE. Qualified clients does not have to make a payment on the bond until a month after the release of a loved one from jail. This can help our clients the time they need to get enough money to pay for the bail bond.

At David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia, we know how difficult it can be to deal with an emergency situation like bailing a loved one. That is why we do everything that we can to make the bail process as easy as possible. If a person needs to rescue a loved one from jail, they can count on us to help out.

For a FREE consultation or if you have any questions regarding bail bonds, call David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia at 1-866-485-6356 or 661-326-0608 or click Chat With Us now.

Have A Safe Holiday Season This Year

Have A Safe Holiday Season This Year

Have A Safe Holiday Season This Year

The holiday season is officially here, and many people are getting ready to have some fun at family, friends, or office parties. Everyone celebrates in their own special way, but many celebrations will be including alcohol. If that is the case, then a person should be prepared to get home safely that evening.

Holiday season is all about getting together with people you are close with. Since it’s a celebration, there will likely be a bit of alcohol consumed. If that does happen, the person needs to have a safe ride home since, as everyone knows, driving with alcohol in your system is dangerous and illegal.

In order to avoid getting pulled over, best case scenario, or getting into an accident, worst case scenario, a person should have a designated driver. This can be a someone who has not had any alcohol, or it can be a hired driver. That is the great thing about today’s modern world, it is so easy to get a taxi, Uber, or Lyft to take a person home. Often times, it can be done through an app on the person’s phone.

Drinking and driving is very dangerous, and results in dozens of deaths every single day in the United States.

It is estimated that a person is killed in a drunk driving related accident every 50 minutes. This is a statistic that no one wants to be a part of. Luckily, that can easily be avoided by drinking responsibly, and having a designated driver.

When a person has an assigned designated driver to get them home, they do not have to worry about how much alcohol they are consuming. All they really have to worry about is not giving the people they are with another embarrassing story to talk about for years to come.
 

Be There For Family

Be There For Family

Be There For Family

You may not always get along with your family, but at the end of the day, you still love those people. You would do anything for them, and they would do the same for you. Being able to depend on someone like that is a rare gift, one that should not be taken for granted. That is why, if one of your family members calls on you for help, you should lend them a hand.

Never is this truer than when that person is calling you from jail. If someone you love is in jail, then you want to bail him or her out.

Jail is not a place where you want your loved ones to be.

That is why you are looking for a way to post his or her bail. The problem is, bail is very expensive in California. Luckily, there is a cheaper solution.

Posting bail becomes much more affordable when you come to David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia for a bail bond. Our bonds only cost 10% of the bail that they are for. This means that no matter what price the bail is set at, you will get a 90% discount by coming to us. By providing this discount to our clients, many Californians realize that they are able to afford bailing out their loved one.

On top of providing clients with a cheap alternative to posting bail, we allow them to pay for the bond with a personalized payment plan. This plan breaks up the cost of the bail bond and spreads it out over several months making it much more affordable. Each monthly installment will be tailored to fit your financial budget.

Bailing someone out of jail may not be something that you want to do, but it is not as bad as you think. Bailing a loved one out of jail is a piece of cake with David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia. We make bailing someone out of jail cheap and affordable. We can help you be there for your loved one.

Consultation at David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia is FREE, so call and talk to one of our reliable bail agents at 1-866-485-6356 or 661-326-0608 or click Chat With Us now.

The Legal Ins And Outs Of Hidden Cameras

The Legal Ins And Outs Of Hidden Cameras

The Legal Ins And Outs Of Hidden Cameras

Hidden cameras have become a surprisingly popular thing in the United States. These days, it seems like nearly everyone has a hidden camera, frequently called a nanny cam, tucked into their house. The question is: are nanny cams legal.

The answer isn’t as black and white as you may think. There are laws governing the recording of other people. However, if you have the nanny cam set up inside your house, even if you don’t tell anyone it’s there, you’re legally allowed to use it.

While you’re legally allowed to record the activities within your home, if you’re doing so in order to keep an eye on guests, babysitters, house sitters, or your neighbors, you need to consult with a good lawyer and find out what the specific laws are in your state and township. For example, there are some rooms you may not be allowed to use the camera, and there are often laws that prohibit the use of hidden cameras to spy on your neighbors. Another example is that many states have laws stating that you can’t set up a hidden camera in parts of the house where the guest expects privacy: namely bedrooms and restrooms.

It’s also important to know why you’re using the hidden cameras. It’s perfectly legal to use the camera to make sure your housekeeper and babysitter are doing their jobs correctly. It’s illegal to use footage gotten off a hidden camera to blackmail someone.

There are many shades of gray when it comes to using hidden cameras outside of the home. Most businesses are allowed to use the cameras both inside their establishment and parking lots.

One of the issues that has recently come up is the legality of hidden cameras that also make audio recordings. In California, the audio recording can only be used if both of the parties know that the conversation is being recorded. Other states that require two party consent include:

  • Florida
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Washington
  • New Hampshire
  • Montana
  • Pennsylvania
  • Connecticut
  • Illinois

It’s important to note that in California, recorded telephone calls also require two party consent. You’re also not allowed to use a phone or hidden camera to deliberately record a conversation that wouldn’t be overheard if you were sitting just a few feet from the speakers.

You are also not allowed to set up hidden cameras in apartments that you’re renting to tenants.

 

Speeding Is Illegal And Dangerous

Speeding Is Illegal And Dangerous

Speeding Is Illegal And Dangerous

Everyone has been late to something in their life. Anyone who has experienced this can attest to the fact that it is not fun. This makes a lot of people do whatever they can to avoid running late again in the future. Unfortunately, some people do this by breaking the law.

Speeding doesn’t seem like a big deal to a lot of drivers out there, especially since so many people do it on a daily basis. However, speeding is still illegal because it is dangerous. Speeding is classified as driving faster than what could be considered safe or prudent based on weather, visibility, and traffic.

The faster someone drives, the less time they have to react to an unexpected change or danger. This is what causes accidents.

Speeding is the third most common cause of accidents.

Driving under the influence comes in second, and distracted driving is number one. This gives you a good idea of how dangerous speeding truly is.

Here in California, drivers will face tickets for speeding, which are arguably worse than just getting to their destination a few minutes late. So long as the overall speed was under 100 miles per hour (mph), the ticket prices are as follows:

  • $35 for being 1 to 15 mph over the speed limit.
  • $70 for being 16 to 25 mph over the speed limit.
  • $100 for being 26 mph or more over the limit.

For anyone caught going over 100 mph, they face a max fine of up to $500, as well as a 30 day suspension of their license for a first time offense. If caught speeding like that again, the max fine can be up to $750 with a 6 month license suspension. A third or subsequent offense earns a person a max fine of $1,000 and a 1 year license suspension.

Despite how it may seem, speeding is a very dangerous thing to do. Driving at unsafe speeds can easily cause accidents that can harm or kill people, which is why the act is illegal.

 

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