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No Pets While Driving

No Pets While Driving

No Pets While Driving

Anyone who has a pet knows how fun they are to be around. Often times, pet owners would prefer to spend time at home with their furry companion rather than deal with people. They often fantasize about being able to take their pet to work with them, just to make the day more bearable. Unfortunately, taking pets everywhere with them isn’t always a good idea.

Pets don’t always understand human customs. This can lead to them misbehaving in the most inopportune times, which is why they aren’t allowed in certain places. One town in Ohio has just outlawed pets from one area that many people are all too happy to have pets.

A new city ordinance in Mantua, Ohio looks to crackdown on distracted driving by making it illegal for a person to drive with a pet in their lap. There is no denying that pets can be distracting at times with their cute little faces and fluffy bodies. Unfortunately for them, driving is a time when people cannot pay attention to them.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 9 people die every single day due to distracted driving.

Sadly, having a pet in your lap while driving can be very distracting. They can restrict a drivers’ movements and take their attention away from the important task at hand. A driver needs to keep their focus on the road as much as possible, which is why Mantua enacted this law. Now, local police officers will be able to ticket drivers caught driving in this very distracting way.

As much as we love our pets, they can get in the way at times. They may not mean to, but it does happen. This is especially true when it comes to driving. That is why it is best to either leave the pet at home, or have them sit in a separate part of the car.

 

Keep Your Pets Healthy And Warm This Winter

Keep Your Pets Healthy And Warm This Winter

Keep Your Pets Healthy And Warm This Winter

When winter finally begins to be felt in California, many people run for the safety and warmth of their homes. They do not want to deal with the cold, wind, rain, and snow. Unfortunately, some people forget about the furry creatures that are under their care. After all, the cold weather affects animals just like it affects us.

Animals that are kept strictly outside should be provided with protection from the wind, rain, and snow. This means having some sort of insulated shelter with an entrance that faces away from the direction that wind usually blows. There should also be some sort of bedding on the ground, such as wood shavings, to help keep them dry and warm. The bedding should be changed or dried regularly.

Outdoor animals will also need more food, and have their water bowl checked constantly to ensure a good supply of water.

The cold also affects animals who spend most of their time indoors as well. After all, most dogs need to go outside to do their business a couple of times a day. If a pet owner wants to take good care of their furry companions this winter season, they should follow some of the tips below.

  • Always accompany dogs outside. Once you are too cold to be outside, bring them inside. This prevent them from getting too cold as well as keeps someone from forgetting about the animal outside.
  • Dry dog paws and bellies thoroughly after they have been outside. They could have snowballs stuck to them, even between their toes. This can lead to frostbite.
  • For dogs who live near frozen roads and sidewalks, drying their feet can also remove road salts, which if linked up in large portions and can cause digestive issues in dogs.
  • Dog breeds with short hair may need protective sweaters when going outside, since their fur is less suited to keeping them warm. However, don’t forget to remove and dry the sweaters after any outside trips. After all, wearing cold and wet clothes can be bad for anyone’s health.
  • Keep a close eye on older animals who have arthritis. The cold can cause them to stiffen up and become tender rapidly. Keep them on a tight leash, close to you to also help prevent any slip or fall injuries to the animal.

Another thing to be aware of in winter, is the fact that outdoors cats will be seeking shelter from the cold. They love to hide in warm engine compartments on vehicles, and don’t always move before the engine is turned on. In order to prevent any harm to an unsuspecting feline, bang on the hood of the car a few times before getting in and starting it up. This should scare them off without hurting them.

The cold weather isn’t always fun to deal with. Just remember that if you don’t want to be out in the cold, your pets probably don’t enjoy it much either. Give them the love and care they need this season to ensure that they stay happy and healthy until spring comes around again.

 

David Ortiz Bail Bonds In Visalia IsThere To Make Bail Easier

David Ortiz Bail Bonds In Visalia Is There To Make Bail Easier

David Ortiz Bail Bonds In Visalia Is There To Make Bail Easier

The idea of bailing someone out of jail is not something that crosses peoples’ minds until it is something they need. Due to that fact that they often do not have much of an understanding of how bail works. This makes bailing someone out of jail seem more difficult than it really is. Luckily, there are people here in California who can make bail simple.

To get in touch with these people, simply contact David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia. Our professional bail agents have years of training and experience behind them. They then use this knowledge to help our clients better than any of our competitors could.

If you want expert bail help, just contact David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia.

With their knowledge and skills, our bail agents can answer all of your questions about bail. They can explain the basics to you, and even give you information about your loved one’s arrest. No matter when you need to talk to an agent, someone will be available to assist you because we are open 24/7 (inculding holidays).

We will happily guide you through the bail bond process and help you figure out an affordable payment option. We offer personalized payment plans for all of our clients. With the upfront cost of the bail bond reduced, our clients are more able to post bail. Plus, there is the added benefit of each monthly payment customized for you that truly fits your budget.

Bailing someone out of jail is not as difficult as people think it is. All you have to do is talk to one of our helpful bail agents here at David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia. We are always available and ready to help you no matter what time you call. Whenever you need to bail someone out, we will be there to help you. You can count on us. We won’t let you down.

For fast and affordable bail bond service in California, 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.
 

Talk About Bail With David Ortiz Bail Bonds In Visalia

Talk About Bail With David Ortiz Bail Bonds In Visalia

Talk About Bail With David Ortiz Bail Bonds In Visalia

Talking about bail isn’t really a topic that people enjoy. It only comes up in times of trouble. When people are talking about bail, it is usually due to the fact that one of their loved one’s has been arrested. They want to get that person out, and they are trying to convince other loved ones to lend their own support as well.

Bailing someone out of jail is an expensive undertaking. However, with the right help, it can be a lot cheaper. The first step to making posting bail affordable, is by getting a bail bond. At David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia, our bail bonds only cost 10% of the bail that they are for. This means you get a 90% discount just by coming to us for help.

Next, you can reduce the cost of the bail bond even further by getting loved ones to co-sign with you. This can work in two ways. For one, it means the cost of the bail bond is split up between you and your loved ones. Each of you splits and shares the cost. The second aspect is that, this can help you qualify for a discount on the price of the bail bond.

Here at David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia, we provide qualified clients with an additional 20% discount on the price of the bail bond. This means that the client will only have to pay 8% of the full bail amount, not the usual 10%. To qualify for this discount, you or one of the co-signers needs to meet just one of the following:

  • Be a member of the military.
  • Be a member of AARP.
  • Be a union member.
  • Be a homeowner.
  • Have a private attorney.

So long as one co-signer meets one of these requirements, the whole group qualifies for the discount.

Talking about bail doesn’t typically signify a good point in life. However, it is not the end of the world. With the right help, a person can rescue their loved one from jail without draining their bank account. That is why, if you need to bail someone out of jail, you should talk to your loved ones and David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia.

If you want the best bail bond service in California, call David Ortiz Bail Bonds in Visalia at 1-866-485-6356 or 661-326-0608 or click Chat With Us now. Consultation is FREE!

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.

 

Don’t Pay For A Thief’s Holiday Fun

Don’t Pay For A Thief’s Holiday Fun

Don’t Pay For A Thief’s Holiday Fun

There is no denying that credit cards are very powerful tools. They allow people to pay for things online or in person without actually handing over cash. This helps make wallets lighter and slimmer. Unfortunately, they can be very easy to steal. Some criminals don’t even need to steal the card itself, just get the information from the card.

As the holiday season rolls around, people begin to make more purchases with their credit/debit cards. Sadly, this means thieves become more active as well. A tactic used by some thieves is to tamper with machines that accept credit and debit cards. They install card readers and cameras onto the machines in order to get the information they need to use the card themselves.

If this is something that you want to avoid happening to yourself this holiday season, then you need to learn to identify signs of tampering. Some things to look out for include:

  • When going to use a machine, such as a gas pump, make sure that there are no signs of tampering. You should not be able to open up the machine. In fact, there should be a security seal over the hatch. If that seal is broken, notify the gas station or owner of the machine and use a different one.
  • Check the card reader slot. If the slot feels lose, like it could be pulled off, notify the owner of the machine. A thieve could have placed their own card reader over the machine’s.
  • Another thing to look for with the reader, is to make sure the device is tucked in under the rest of the machine. In other words, the machine would have to be opened to change the reader. If that is not the case, then a thief probably slipped a reader onto the machine.

Lastly, a person should keep an eye on their bank statements during the holiday season. This way if someone does have credit card information, it will be noticed quickly and the card can be replaced before too much damage is done.

Don’t let thieves have a good holiday season at your expense. Be careful of where you use your card and keep an eye on your bank statements this winter.

 

A Boring Solution To A Big California Problem

A Boring Solution To A Big California Problem

A Boring Solution To A Big California Problem

The city of Los Angeles is known for a lot of different things. Unfortunately one of the more prominent things in LA is its traffic. Trying to get anywhere in Los Angeles, or the Surrounding LA and Orange Counties, can be a real nightmare. At peak times, it can take hours to drive just a few miles. However, that could soon change.

Businessman and Investor Elon Musk has a plan to change that. After being stuck in a terrible LA traffic one day, Musk creating a boring machine to start digging. This lead to the creation of the Boring Company. The plan is to create high-speed tunnels to carry cars from one end of the tunnel to the other. The first test tunnel in Hawthorne is expected to be finished on December 10th, 2018.

The tunnel is expected to work as follows:

  • A car will drive onto a platform at street level.
  • The platform will hold the car in place on top of it.
  • The platform will lower into the tunnel, then travel through the tunnel at speeds of 150 mph.
  • The platform will rise back to street level at the other end of the tunnel.
  • The car will be released and be able to continue on its way.

This all sounds like something out of a sci-fi world, but looks like it may be a very real thing in the near future. The Boring Company already has other deals in place to construct similar tunnels in Chicago, Illinois, Baltimore, and Maryland. There is even a serious proposal to create a tunnel loop to take vehicles to and from Dodger Stadium called the Dugout Loop. If these tunnels do well, they could begin popping up all over California and the rest of the United States.

What are your thoughts on these Boring Company tunnels? Are they the solution LA needs to reduce traffic, or are they just a pipe dream?

Let us know in the comments down below.

 

Beware Of Porch Pirates This Holiday Season

Beware Of Porch Pirates This Holiday Season

Beware Of Porch Pirates This Holiday Season

The holiday season is here. This means that people all over will be flock to stores, both brick and mortar, and virtual alike as they search for the perfect gifts for their loved ones. While this is a very merry time of the year, there are unfortunately some Scrooges out there who like to take advantage of unsuspecting people.

Even when someone is shopping online, they need to be careful. If they aren’t then someone else could end up with their loved one’s Christmas gift. This can happen when the gift is eventually delivered. If it is left unattended for too long, then a passerby may decide to take for themselves. While most people wouldn’t do this, there are plenty of people out there who would.

Tips For Avoiding Package Theft

One of the simplest ways to avoid package theft is for a person to do all of their shopping at brick and mortar stores. This completely eliminates the chances of some thief stealing the items off the front porch. Of course, this method is incredibly tedious and inconvenient. Shopping online is so much simpler.

Luckily for online shoppers, there are ways of keeping their packages safe, thereby ensuring they get to the intended recipient. Many shipping companies have come to recognize the problem of package theft, and provide their clients with options to protect their shipments. A person is much more likely to get their package if they take advantage of these options accordingly.

First and foremost, get the tracking number for the shipment. This simple number allows a person to monitor their package and have a more accurate idea of when it will be delivered. From there, a person will either be able to get the package themselves, or possibly have a neighbor pick it up for them.

FedEx and the United States Postal Service (USPS) both allow customers to schedule their shipments in advanced. This helps a person make sure that they, or someone they trust, will be at home when the delivery arrives. Then the package will be able to be taken off the porch before some wannabe thief strolls by and gets a bright idea.

Some shipping companies, such as FedEx, also allow customers to require a signature for the delivery. This way, the package won’t be left at the house unless someone signs for it.

Another option that is available with some shippers, is the ability to make special requests with the delivery. A person can leave special instructions that the delivery person will follow, such as leaving the package at the back door or hidden in the bushes.

Another simple option that is available with all shipping companies is to have the package delivered to a different address. A person could have the package shipped to a trusted neighbor who is always home, or if their work allows it, ship it to their office.

Many stores allow their customers to use in-store pickup. The person orders the item online, and then can pick it up at a local store. Amazon offers a similar service called Amazon Locker where they will ship items to a local locker and giver the customer a code to open said locker. Even UPS has a service like this, where a person can request that the item be sent to a nearby UPS store where the item can then be picked up. These options eliminate any chances of the item being left in the open where a thief could take it. A person just needs to look into what the shipper or retailer offers.

Penalties Of Porch Piracy

Package theft from front doors, or package piracy as it is commonly called, is typically a crime of opportunity. More often than not, the thief was simply strolling or driving by when they saw the package and decided to take the unclaimed item for themselves. To them, it seems so simple. They only see it as taking a package, and so they don’t expect to get into any real trouble. However, that is not the case.

After all, the stealing of a package is theft. This can get a person charged with theft, petty or grand depending on the value of the contents of the package. A person could also face charges of mail theft.

Petty theft (Penal Code 484a & 488) and mail theft (Penal Code 530.5e) are misdemeanors that can earn a person:

  • Up to 1 year in county jail.
  • A max fine of $1,000.
  • Some combination fine and jail time.

Grand theft (Penal Code 487) involves the theft of any items that have a value greater than $950. The crime of grand theft can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony in California. The consequences for committing misdemeanor grand theft in California are similar to the ones above. Felony Grand theft can earn a person 16 months, 2 years, or 3 years in prison, plus hefty fines.

Practice Safe Shipping

If a person wants to keep their shipments safe this holiday season, then they need to practice safe shipping. This means taking advantage of the above tips to ensure that either someone is there to pick-up the package, or it is put in a safe place for the person to pick-up later. So long as a person does that, they guarantee that they will get their packages safely. In turn, this means that their loved ones will all get the perfect gifts this holiday season. Who doesn’t want that?

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