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California’s Good Samaritan Law And Pets

Good Samaritan Law

Good Samaritan Law

In California, we love our pets as much as we love our brothers and sisters, which is why we have a Good Samaritan law.

Good Samaritan Law makes it legal to smash a car window to save a child or an animal. This law has been in effect for almost a year and it is designed to protect the individual who smashed the car window from criminal charges. In order to be fully protected, the individual must remain present after smashing the window until the police arrive.

Everyone knows that a hot car is a dangerous weapon. If it is hot outside, the car is even hotter inside and the car heats up very quickly too. Even 5 minutes inside a hot car can be deadly. For example, in 2016, on a 91 degree day in San Diego, firefighters rescued a dog from a car that was found to be 160 degrees on the inside. How did they know the inside temperature? By using their thermal imaging camera.

Many other states have similar Good Samaritan laws and some even extend their legislation to protect individuals from smashing car windows to save a human life.

California does not currently have such a law, but any citizens who see a young child or even a pet left alone in a hot car are encouraged to call security or the police.

It is important to remember that for the individual breaking a car window, they must stay on the scene to talk to the police. If they flee, they may lose their protection in the matter and can be charged with vandalism.

Is Your Car Ready For Summer?

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No one wants to get stranded on the side of the road because their car broke down. This is especially true when things start to warm up in summer. Being stranded during the heat of summer can be truly miserable. That is why it is important to take care of your vehicle and make sure that it is in prime condition.

Here are some things that you should check on your vehicle to ensure it gets you where you need to go.

  • CHECK COOLANT LEVELS IN YOUR RADIATOR
    Your radiator is what keeps your engine from overheating while it is running. However, it cannot do this if there is not enough coolant in it. Be sure you have enough coolant in the system, and that there are no leaks or other types of damage to the cooling system.
  • EXAMINE YOUR TIRES
    Your tires face a lot of wear and tear on a daily basis. This can get worse in the summer as roads heat up. Make sure your vehicles tires are still in good condition or look into getting them replaced. Also, be sure to check their air pressure. Every vehicle is designed to have tires with a certain size and air pressure. If your tires are over or under inflated, it can affect your gas mileage.
  • CHECK THE OIL
    Your vehicle has oil in both the engine and transmission. This oil helps them keep cool and run smoothly. If there is no oil, then metal scraps against metal and can cause costly damage. Frequently checking the oil levels in both can help keep your vehicle running for a long time.
  • EXAMINE YOUR WINDSHIELD WIPERS
    The summer sun can be rough on your vehicles rubber wiper blades. You may not need them much in the summer, but every once in a while, a storm rolls through. Getting caught in the rain with bad wiper blades can be a real hassle and can even be dangerous if you cannot see. Be sure that your blades have not dried out or separated from their frame.
  • CHECK YOUR AC
    Driving without air conditioning can be truly miserable in summer. If your AC does not blow cold air, be sure to take it to your local mechanic. You probably need more refrigerant/freon in the system, which most mechanics can help you with.

If you do all of this, your vehicle should be able to get you where you need to go this summer. Just doing these quick little things now can prevent you from getting stranded on the side of the road in triple degree heat. Take care of your vehicle and it will take care of you this summer.

Is Driving While Hungover Ok?

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Everyone knows that driving while drunk is a bad idea. When you are drunk, you have poor motor control and lack a sense of adequate risk assessment. Basically, you can’t control your actions well and you do things that you wouldn’t normally do while sober. It is easy to see why people should not be driving in this state of inebriation.

However, what many people do not realize is that driving while hungover can be just as bad. When a person is hungover, they may not have any more alcohol in their system, but they are experiencing other symptoms. People who are hungover are usually experiencing sleep deprivation, dehydration, and short-term alcohol withdrawal. The symptoms of all of these can make driving difficult and dangerous for the person.

A study conducted by researchers at Utrecht University in the Netherlands found that hungover drivers drove worse than drivers who had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.05%. The drivers exhibited erratic behavior and slowed reaction times. Similar results were found by a study conducted at the University of West England

If a person was out drinking the night before, he or she should think twice before getting behind the wheel the next morning. Doing so could be as disastrous as if he or she had driven the night before. After a night of drinking, a person should take it easy the next morning. Stay at home, rest, and get hydrated. Doing this will be much nicer than driving anyways and it will be safer too.

What Counts As Drug Possession?

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With the passing of Prop 64, the topic of drug possession has become more prominent in recent months. While it is now legal for people 21 and older to possess some small amount of marijuana, this is the only drug that has been legalized. There are still rules and restrictions to its use.

Even though the recreational use of marijuana was legalized, many other drugs and substances remain illegal to use and possess. Some of these illegal substances are:

Drug Possession

  • Heroin
  • Cocaine
  • Meth
  • Ecstasy
  • LSD

Possessing any of these drugs can get a person in trouble with the law. Now you might be wondering what constitutes as possession in California?

Possession of a drug could be:

  • Having it on your possession
  • Having it in your glove box or anywhere else in your vehicle
  • Having it in your house

When it comes to punishment for illegal possession of controlled substances, things can vary. Illegal possession of most controlled substances is considered a misdemeanor offense in California, thanks to the recently passed Prop 47. This means that someone convicted of drug possession faces no more than a year in jail and/or a small fine. In many instances, the defendant will be required to participate in a drug treatment program.

How To Answer: Have You Been Drinking?

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If you have never been pulled over for a DUI before, you may wonder how you should answer when asked if you have been drinking after having a drink or 2. As a United States citizen, you have the right against self-incrimination. This means that you do not have to answer that question.

However, that does not mean you have the right to lie to the officer or ignore his or her requests. If the officer asks for your license and registration, you should provide it. Lying, will only make things worse for you. The officer will be able to tell if you have had too much alcohol. If you admit to having two drinks when you really had 6, you will still be asked to take a field sobriety and a breathalyzer test. These tests will show how many drinks you truly had and will cause the officer to disregard anything you say from that point on.

Have You Been Drinking

If you choose to not answer the question, you can inform the officer that you would rather not say. You can also say that you would like to speak with your attorney. Asking to speak to your attorney cannot be used against you. Remaining silent does not mean you will be allowed to leave. Chances are, you will still need to take a field sobriety and a breathalyzer test. Remaining silent simply keeps you from admitting guilt or lying to the officer.

Your final option is to just be up front and honest with the officer. You cannot be legally arrested for drunk driving if your Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) is under 0.08%. In this instance, if you have only recently had one or two drinks, you should be okay. This is even truer if there was an hour or more time between the 2 drinks. You may still have to take a field sobriety and breathalyzer test in this situation. However, there is a chance that the officer might deem that you are capable of driving and let you go on your way.

Ultimately, the best way to avoid this kind of situation is to have a plan ready when drinking will be involved. Either designate someone as the driver so that he or she will not drink, or get a ride from a taxi, Uber, or Lyft. This way, you will be safe and you will not have to worry about getting pulled over.

Tips For Avoiding The Heat

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Summer is finally here and temperatures are on the rise. Summer is a season for exploring and adventure. However, it is also a season of unbearable heat. It is why many people will find themselves hiding out in the shelter of their home, waiting for cooler temperatures.

If you are looking for ways to keep cool this summer, here are a few tips:

Tips For Avoiding The Heat

  • Wear light colored, loose fitting, cotton clothing. Cotton stay cooler than synthetic materials.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water or sports drinks with plenty of electrolytes.
  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine since these cause dehydration.
  • Avoid going outdoors during the middle of the day. Instead, go out during the morning or evening when it is cooler.
  • Use fans to circulate the air in your house and make it feel cooler.
  • Keep water bottles in the freezer and take one with you when you go outside. This way, you will have a cool drink with you as the ice melts.
  • Visit public places like a library, movie theater, or mall during the day. These places are usually kept cool during even the hottest of days.
  • Take frequent cold baths or showers to help keep your body cool.
  • Visit the local public pool or beach, just be sure to wear plenty of sunscreen.

Many of these things can be done together to help keep you cool during the hottest days summer has to offer. Just remember that it is okay to take it easy during the day. Know your limits and avoid overworking yourself. Nobody wants to end up in the hospital.

Do You Care For A Loved One With Special Needs?

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Care For Special Needs Visalia

When someone, young or old, goes missing or gets lost, their loved one can be filled with worry. Luckily, in most instances, the loved one has the ability to communicate with people to find his or her way back home.

Unfortunately, some people do not have this basic ability. They either had it and lost it, or never had it at all. There are hundreds of people with conditions like:

  • Autism
  • Down Syndrome
  • Dementia
  • Any other memory impairment

People with these conditions all require special care to ensure that they are kept happy and safe. When a person with any one of these conditions goes missing, finding him or her can prove to be difficult. They can wander off to who knows where, and even once they are found, communicating with them can be tough for law enforcement.

To try and help law enforcement and families with members who have special needs, many cities and states have special needs registries.

Special needs registry is a database of information that local law enforcement can use to be better equipped to handle any search and rescue activities involving someone with special needs.

To get your loved one onto your area’s local registry, all you have to do is fill out a form.

    The form usually includes:

  • The family member’s name
  • A photograph of the family member
  • The family member’s home address
  • Emergency contact information
  • The family member’s medical diagnosis
  • Suggestions on how to best approach the family member

This information can be a vital tool in locating a family member with special needs. With this information in hand, local law enforcement will be able to approach your loved without scaring or upsetting your family member.

As cities continue to grow and advance, they are bringing their registries into the modern age. They can store this information on secure cloud servers that enable their local law enforcement officers to access the info from anywhere. This means they will be able to begin searching for your loved one the moment they find out that he or she is missing. The sooner local law enforcement begins searching for your loved one, the sooner they can find him or her. If you want to ensure that your loved one with special needs will be taken care of in the event of an emergency, look into your cities local special needs registry.

Responsibilities And Graduation

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S

ummer is approaching, and that means that many students will be finishing up their final school year. Graduation season is just around the corner. For many, they will no longer have to follow the set in stone schedule of their school five days a week. They will be free and facing new opportunities at college and joining the working world.

Responsibilities And Graduation

Graduation is a time to celebrate. Students have spent their entire lives working toward this moment. Once they walk across that stage and are given their diploma, they will be free to carve their own path.

As a parent, you may want to remind them of the responsibilities that come with this newfound freedom. For many, graduation comes at a time when the student becomes 18. The student is no longer a child and is a finally a full-fledged adult. While this milestone comes with a lot of perks, it also has a few drawbacks.

Before, if your child got into trouble with the law, he or she would be given back to you, the parent. Now, however, your son or daughter will be held accountable for his or her actions. If your child gets into trouble with the police, he or she could get arrested and sent to jail. Nobody wants that, so be sure to remind your son or daughter to be responsible with his or her actions.

After all, graduation is a time to celebrate, not a time to spend in jail. So let your child go out and explore this newfound freedom from school, just make sure he or she remembers to make good choices.

Rules Of The Road For Bicyclists

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California drivers, especially Los Angeles drivers, are known for being fast, impatient, and rude. However, if there is one group of people that drivers are more cautious of, it is the bicyclists. What are the rules of the road for car drivers and bicyclists?


  • When the biker is traveling slower than the cars, they must be as close to the right side of the road as possible unless they are passing or avoiding a dangerous/hazardous condition or making a left turn or approaching a right turn only lane but want to proceed straight. In those cases, the bicyclist may move away from the right side of the road.
  • Bicyclists Road Rules

  • If there is a dedicated bike lane, the bicyclist must be in that lane unless they are passing, making a left, or avoiding a dangerous/hazardous condition.
  • Bicyclists are to ride in the same direction as the traffic, not in the opposite direction. There are exceptions to this rule like if the street is a one-way or if the road is too narrow.
  • It is illegal to park on a bicycle path.
  • Bikes must be equipped with a visible white light in the front. They must also have reflectors: red in the back, white or yellow on the pedals, white or yellow on the front half of the bike, and red or white on each side on the back half of the bike.
  • Bicyclists 18 years or younger must wear a helmet. It is safe practice for adults to wear helmets as well.
  • It is illegal to drive and use a cell phone at the same time, but this law does not apply to bicyclists.
  • It is illegal to drive and have earphones in both ears. This same law applies to bicyclists. One ear must be free of headphones and headsets.
  • It is illegal to bike while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Bicyclists are required to stop at stop signs and red lights, just like drivers.
  • Bicyclists are to yield right of way to pedestrians at crosswalks.


Bicyclists share many of the same rules and etiquette as drivers do and they are entitled to be on the road with cars. However, both parties need to be aware of each other in order to avoid collisions and potential fatalities. They also need to be aware of pedestrians on foot.

Just like car drivers, bicyclists can actually be cited for violating the above laws and others that were not named, like if they biked right through an intersection that they should have stopped at because there was a stop sign.

Whether you travel by foot, car, bike, bus, or other mode of transportation, knowing the rules of the road and what your rights are is very important for yourself and to keep the road safe for everybody!

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