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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.

 

Whose Legally Responsible For A Drunk Driver

Whose Legally Responsible For A Drunk Driver

Whose Legally Responsible For A Drunk Driver

Bar and restaurant owners already know that if one of their patrons leaves their establishment and injures someone in drunk driving accident, the owner could be facing serious financial repercussions in the form of a lawsuit. The idea is that the bar owner shouldn’t have overserved the driver, and once they did, they should have taken the keys away.

Lately, many people have stated that the friends of people who turn into drunk drivers should also be responsible for the drunk driving accident, and therefore face financial and legal repercussions. The idea has gained a great deal of footing in Pennsylvania following a fatal drunk driving accident.

In the aftermath of the crash, many brought up the point that the drunk driver had passengers in his car and that these passengers knew that he was drunk. Many believe that while the passengers might not have been able to stop the drunk driver from getting behind the wheel, but they should have contacted the police, alerting them to the situation.

The concept is based on “Duty to Rescue” laws.

Duties to Rescue Laws deals with the idea that if a person sees another person who is in danger, they should do whatever they can to help out. Failure to do so can result in legal action.

The simple truth is that it’s rare for no one to know that a person is too drunk to drive. Most people will even argue with the driver, trying to convince them to turn over their keys and sleep it off. When the driver refuses to hand the keys over, the bystanders usually simply hope that nothing bad happens. But should they be calling the police? Should they get into their own car, following the drunk driver, alerting the police to the driver’s exact location? Not only would this make it easier for the police to get the driver off the road but would also mean that someone else was on the scene if there was an accident.

The issue is a tricky one. While it’s one thing to say that someone has a moral obligation to report a drunk driver, it’s another to make it a law. The first problem is knowing how far to take the law. To be responsible, do you have to have a relationship with the drunk driver or is it enough to have simply been in the same bar as them? If they are in an accident, can the injured party’s insurance and loved ones go after you with the ferocity that they go after the driver? Or, what if you knew the driver was too drunk to get behind the wheel, but the slip out of the bar before while you’re in the bathroom and you don’t know what they drive or which direction they’re heading in? And what if you were drinking? That would mean your own judgement is impaired, making it difficult to know just how drunk someone else is.

While there aren’t any laws on the books dealing with the topic of allowing someone else to drive drunk, it’s likely that this topic will be discussed a great deal in the upcoming years. The best way to make sure you don’t find yourself in legal trouble over the matter is by reporting drunk drivers, even if they’re a friend or family member.

 

Beginner’s Guide To Budgeting

Beginner’s Guide To Budgeting

Beginner’s Guide To Budgeting

Don’t look now but the holiday season is less than five months away. Depending on your financial situation, this fact can either excite or terrify you. It’s no surprise that there is a huge financial burden that comes along with the holidays. It’s time to take some of that financial pressure off of the holiday season and put the “Happy” back in “Happy Holidays.”

A key way to take that financial burden off of the holiday season is to start planning and budgeting for it NOW. If you’ve never budgeted before, the idea of starting from scratch can be sort of daunting. However, a budget isn’t scary, or at least it shouldn’t be. It’s something that when done well can be a lifesaver. It’s important to keep in mind that there isn’t one master way to budget. Rather, you have to figure out what’s best for your family’s situation.

To begin, you’ll want to get an overall idea about your family’s financial situation. Write down a list of all your monthly income, including your wages, child support, or any other type of income that is consistent from month to month. Next, write down a list of all your monthly expenses. This will include things like your mortgage or rent, utilities, debt, groceries, and car costs. Finally, write down a list of all your unnecessary expenses such as new clothes or eating at restaurants.

If you aren’t sure where your money is going each month, check with your bank to see if you can obtain a copy of your debit and credit card transactions.

Once you know where your money is going you will be able to start setting monthly caps on your expense categories. You should make sure you set limits/budget what you need for your expense that you cannot control such as rent, insurance, and utilities. After that, create spending limits for your unnecessary categories. In this case, if you’re planning for the holidays go ahead and add a column for gifts so you can either set aside money each month and buy gifts at once or buy a few gifts each month so the burden isn’t so large during the holiday season.

Budgeting takes time and it can be tricky at first, but it will pay off in the long-run.

By knowing where your money is going you can plan ahead and adjust your spending habits to meet your family’s specific goals – like saving for college, planning for retirement, or taking a big family vacation. Be sure to take advantage of free online resources that offer budgeting guides, sample budgets, or downloadable budgeting sheets. Remember, by spending a little less now you can spend more later on and reduce the financial burden of the holiday season.

 

Smoking Marijuana While Driving

Smoking Marijuana While Driving

Smoking Marijuana While Driving

While the rest of the country may be debating what to do about cannabis, Californians have already decided. California recently legalized marijuana for recreational use. We followed several other states like Oregon, Washington, and Colorado. While we weren’t the first ones to legalize weed recreationally, we are still one of the eight states that allows it recreationally. However, like with alcohol and cigarettes, there are laws that have to be followed.

Arguably the most important place to follow the law is behind the wheel. When a person steps behind the wheel of a vehicle they greatly increase the chances of causing harm to someone. Vehicle related deaths are some of the highest in the nation.

Before California allowed the sale of recreational marijuana, they passed several laws in anticipation. In particular they passed a law in regards to driving while smoking. According to this law, written by Sen. Jerry Hill, if a person is caught smoking marijuana while operating a vehicle or while riding in a vehicle, they can be subjected to a violation. The violation will include a fine of $70.

This really isn’t a new law for us. It’s already illegal to drive while intoxicated. Obtaining a DUI isn’t because you were drunk, it just means you were under the influence of some kind of substance. Along with not being intoxicated while driving, you cannot have an open container of cannabis in your vehicle. This is similar to you not being allowed to have an open container of alcohol in the vehicle.

Since we are one of the few states that have legalized the use of marijuana recreationally, we have to be the role model for other states in the future. As time continues, more studies will be released in regards to the use of marijuana, which will broaden our understanding of the subject as a whole. Until then, exercise caution, and just follow the law.

 

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