DUI Checkpoints and Independence Day

DUI Checkpoints and Independence Day

Whenever certain holidays roll around, you can bet that you will start to see more DUI checkpoints. This is due to the fact that more people drink alcohol around these holidays, and then proceed to get behind the wheel of a vehicle. Police officers know this, and do everything in their power to curb this problem, literally.

DUI checkpoints are not something to be afraid. Police officers pick a certain section of road to setup a checkpoint at, and the selection is posted in advance to give everyone fair warning. At the checkpoint, officers will stop traffic in order to talk to each individual driver who passes through.

The officers will ask to see your license and registration, as well as simple questions, such as:

• Where are you going?
• Where are you coming from?
• Have you been drin...

Where Will He End Up, Jail or Prison?

Where Will He End Up, Jail or Prison?

There are a lot of closely related terms out there that many people believe to be synonymous with one another, even when they aren’t. A good example of this would be the terms jail and prison. Most people assume that these two terms can be used interchangeably to reference a place where inmates are held. However, that is not the case.

Jails and prisons might be similar in that they both house inmates, but they are not the same. Jails are typically smaller facilities and receive less funding than prisons do because of their size. The reason for the smaller size is that jails only house inmates for short amounts of time. A person goes to jail after they are arrested and are awaiting trial, or after they have been sentenced to an incarceration period that is 1 year or less.

Prisons are t...

California 3

California 3

What started out as rumor, or a nice thought, has turned into a real deal. This November, Californians will have a few serious measures to vote on. Californians will not only be voting on a new governor, but on whether or not California should be divided into 3 new, separate states.

The talk about California being divided into 3 parts has been around for a while. The Cal-3 is a three-state-initiative that was created by Tim Draper. It’s also been attached to the ideal of California seceding from the U.S. as well. Generally, talks of California changing its status as a state have been chalked up to just talks. However, this time around it could actually be a reality.

The measure to divide California up is a practical idea in some ways...

What Happens If a Minor Breaks a Law?

What Happens If a Minor Breaks a Law?

Getting arrested is not a great experience. Everyone knows that. However, it is not something that adults can’t handle. As an adult, a person knows that it will be rough, but eventually they will get out of jail again. Kids don’t understand that. Several things are so much worse as a kid than they are as an adult, and getting arrested is definitely one of those things.

When a minor gets into trouble with the law, they are often returned to the parents. The parents or other legal guardians are responsible for taking care of the minor and keeping him or her out of trouble. If the minor repeatedly commits the same crimes, then the parent will become responsible for paying for damages.

The minor may also have to go to juvenile court...

What to Do if Someone Breaks into Your House

What to Do if Someone Breaks into Your House

When we think of our homes, we think of them as our safe havens. They are our escape from work, stressful family events, and from other aspects of the harsh world we live in. Our homes are sanctuaries that protect us from the weather, and the outside world. One of the last things on our mind when we think about it is how safe it really is. We often think that locking the door is enough, but sometimes it’s not.

It’s better to be prepared, instead of being a victim. Being prepared for a possible break-in will give you a leg up on the bad guys of the world. There are plenty of ways you can prepare your house. Installing a security system is one way, but there are also different kinds of locks you can place on your windows to help reinforce them.

The second step to being prepared is pr...

Annoying Neighbors Getting to You?

Annoying Neighbors Getting to You?

When you move into your first house or apartment, you’re faced with new problems that you previously never considered before. Things like what kind of paper towels to buy, where to do laundry, how to do laundry, and many other adult tasks. When you decide on a first home, you mainly are focused on appearances. If the potential home looks good, and has everything you need, you’re probably going to jump at the opportunity to rent or own it. What you didn’t pay attention to, are the finer details. For example, you didn’t notice that the neighbors are continuously loud.

Loud neighbors can take away from any exciting moment. You could be watching an intense scene of your favorite show only to be cut off by your neighbor’s home garage band...

DMV on Saturday

DMV on Saturday

The California Department of Motorized Vehicles (DMV) has answered our cries and are finally tossing us a bone. They’re providing relief from being stuck at work all day then being stuck in line at the DMV. We no longer have to rush over to the DMV before it closes during the week. The California DMV will soon be open on Saturdays.

This means that we can now torture ourselves six days of the week with the DMV. We can listen to the monotonous dinging of “now serving…” on Saturday mornings from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. However, don’t get too excited, because only certain DMVs will be open on Saturdays. Those DMV locations will be as follow:

• Bakersfield
• Bellflower
• Chula Vista
• Clovis
• Concord
• Costa Mesa
• Fresno (Olive Avenue)
• Fullerton
• Granada Hills
• Hawthorne
• Haywar...

According to California, You Can’t Go Here

According to California, You Can’t Go Here

California is at it again with some interesting laws. Sometimes you read headlines and you find yourself scratching your head thinking it can’t be true. Well, sometimes the truth is borderline crazy. Yes, California does actually have travel bans to various states in the nation. Who knew that states could ban each other?

These travel bans aren’t actually that bad. What these travel bans mean is that the government of California won’t fund visits to certain states. This mean if your school has a competition in one of these states, California won’t provide funding for the trip. These travel bans also apply to businesses in California as well. This doesn’t mean you can’t travel to these states if you want. These bans just mean that California won’t sponsor you to go.

Califo...

Handicap Parking Laws

Handicap Parking Laws

We all know the struggle of trying to find the perfect parking spot. During the summer months, it seems near impossible to find a good spot. The best spot are usually reserved for drivers with handicaps, and even then there are few of the spots still. It may be tempting to just park in a handicap sot for a moment while you go run inside to pick a few things up from the grocery store. However, unless you have a placard, it is best not to do that.

Parking your vehicle in the handicap zone will hurt you financially. You can end up with a hefty fine. The act of misusing a handicap placard is illegal under the California Vehicle Code. By taking a handicap spot when you’re not permitted to, you’re taking it away from someone who may really need it...

Your Hot Rod Needs to Be Cool Too

Your Hot Rod Needs to Be Cool Too

There’s nothing worse than burning your hand on your seatbelt as you try to rush off to work in your oven of a car. In the winter we’re worried about warming our cars up. In the summer it’s the complete opposite. At least in the winter you can just bundle up, put on some gloves, maybe even flip on the seat warmers. Unfortunately you can’t do that in the summer. You can’t instantly turn on the AC and feel an arctic blast coming through. You have to be patient, or you can try several tips to keep your car from burning up in the California heat.

Keep the sun out of your car. This one is easier said than done. You can help keep the sun out of the car by simply by using a window visor. The reflective nature of the visor will help keep the heat of the rays out...