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Drivers Have to Stop

Drivers Have to Stop

California is notorious for having drivers who like to play by their own rules. Drivers in the state seem to follow the mentality that if everyone does it, it must be okay. However, this is not the case. After all, if other drivers drove off of a bridge, you wouldn’t follow them. Besides, a driver can still get into trouble for breaking a law, even if other drivers broke it too.

A perfect example of this is when drivers approach stop signs. A driver is supposed to come to a full stop at the limit line, the white line in the road, when they approach a stop sign. This is required by law. However, many drivers prefer to do a rolling stop, also known as a California stop.

A rolling stop occurs when a vehicle does not stop. Instead, it slows to an almost stop, then continues on without truly coming to a stop. This common practice is actually illegal and can earn a person a traffic ticket. A ticket for this offense can cost around $140. As with all traffic violations in California, acquiring too many tickets for rolling stops can cause a person to lose their license.

When a driver approaches a stop sign, they need to stop at the limit line, or the edge of the crosswalk. The vehicle needs to come to a full stop, meaning the wheels aren’t moving and the speedometer needle is at 0. After stopping for 3 seconds, the driver can then proceed through the intersection if it is clear.

Drivers in a hurry tend to not stop, preferring to simply slow instead, in order to save time. This can be dangerous and cause an accident, which is why it is against the law. If a law enforcement officer sees a driver do this, they will pull that driver over and give him or her a ticket.

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The Penalties of Dogfighting in California

The Penalties of Dogfighting in California

When it comes to owning animals, people are supposed to treat the animal with the same respect that they would a human. If a person does not take care of an animal, then they can face animal abuse charges. Animal abuse on its own is pretty bad, but forcing an animal to fight another animal for personal amusement is another thing entirely.

Here in California, the state has its own separate law regarding dogfights. California Penal Code 597.5 for a person to own a dog with the intent of having it engage in a fight. This law also makes it illegal to be a spectator of a dog fight.

The penalties for California’s dogfighting laws vary between misdemeanor and felony depending on the actual crime the person is accused of. If a person is caught in a place where they know a dogfight is being prepared, then they will only face misdemeanor charges. This will get them up to 1 year in county jail and/or a max fine of $5,000.

Most other forms of violation of this law will result in felony charges. This can earn a person anywhere from 16 months to 3 years in prison with a max fine of $50,000. This proves just how seriously the state of California takes this offense.

If a person suspects that a dog is being trained for dogfights, or that these kinds of fights are being held in their area, they need to report it to local authorities. The police will handle things and help save the abused animals.

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Tips for Keeping Everyone Safe This Halloween

Tips for Keeping Everyone Safe This Halloween

Halloween is almost here. It is a night kids dream about all year, filled with costumes and bags full of candy. Kids love this holiday. However, it can be a bit scary for parents, and not in the good way. With the way information spreads nowadays, many people have realized that kids aren’t always as safe as they should be on Halloween.

Parents need to take precautions in order to ensure the safety of their children while out trick-or-treating. Luckily, since information spreads easily nowadays, finding helpful tips and tricks to keep Halloween safe is a piece of cake. We here at Porterville Bail Bonds have taken the extra steps to gather some of this information and put it in a single place in order to help people keep their families safe and sound this Halloween.

Planning a Safe Route

A good way to get started with Halloween, is to plan ahead. A parent should plan a route for trick-or-treating in advance and go over that route with their kids. This can help keep everyone on the same page, and reduce the likelihood of someone getting lost.

Additionally, if a parent is feeling brave, they can lookup registered sex offenders online. There are several sites that allow a person to see if there are any registered sex offenders in their neighborhood. A parent can use this information to make sure they don’t try trick-or-treating at, or near, any houses where the occupants could be deemed unsafe for kids.

A parent looking to monitor their kid’s candy haul can also take into account houses or streets that offer more, or less, candy. We have several parents here at Porterville Bail Bonds, we know how chaotic some of those sugar rushes can get. That is why we don’t judge parents who are looking to downsize the inevitable sugar high they will have to deal with after Halloween.

For families who live in areas that may not have a lot of options for trick-or-treating, parents can look for special events to take their kids to. Places like parks and malls sometimes offer trick-or-treat options.

While Out and About

While the family is out trick-or-treating, make sure to stay in well-lit areas, or that every person has a flashlight on them. Giving kids glow sticks is another option to help keep them visible. Not only does this help prevent people from stumbling in the dark, it also keeps everyone visible once night falls. It is also important to try and avoid dark areas since anything can be lurking in the shadows.

Another good rule is to keep everyone on sidewalks where available. If there are no sidewalks, stick to the side of the road. Try to only cross streets at crosswalks, but if that isn’t possible, cross when the road is clear. Make sure kids know to never try to cross a road next to a vehicle that is parked on the side of the road. The vehicle can hide pedestrians from drivers, and increase the chances of an accident occurring.

Lastly, beware of drunk drivers. For Kids, Halloween is all about getting candy. For many adults, Halloween is about going to parties, which often involve heavy amounts of drinking. Despite the many campaigns against it, thousands of people still drink and drive. These numbers go up around holidays as people go to and from parties. Be aware of this fact make sure kids give cars plenty of space on Halloween night.

Lastly, and most importantly, parents should just keep their eyes on kids, especially when they are younger. They can get very excited on Halloween, and who can blame them. However, because of this, they may not always make the best decisions. They need an adult with a level head to keep them in check and make sure they stay safe.

Remember the Law

For the more adventurous out there, Halloween is a time to enjoy spooky activities, such as ghost hunting. The thought of entering an abandoned house, or other derelict building may seem exciting to some, but it can be dangerous. Not only do abandoned building pose various safety threats, they are also usually owned by someone.

If a person does not own a particular piece of property, or have permission from the owner to be on said property, then they are trespassing. This can get a person into legal trouble for trespassing. This is a misdemeanor offense which can earn a person up to 6 months in jail and/or a $1,000 dollar fine.

Another thing to avoid on Halloween are any pranks that could be considered vandalism. Halloween is a known time from pranks, and so law enforcement officers are out and about, ready to stop any and all criminal activity. It is not a night to test their patience.

Keeping Halloween Safe

All any parent wants to do is keep their child safe, no matter their age. By following the tips here, a parent can help keep their kid out of harm’s way this Halloween. After all, Halloween is meant to be a fun holiday and a chance for kids to get out and have some fun. Nothing ruins that spooky holiday fun faster than something going horribly wrong.

From all of us here at Porterville Bail Bonds, we hope you and your family have a safe and spook-tacular Halloween this year.

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Making Halloween Safe and Fun

Making Halloween Safe and Fun

The spookiest day of the year is creeping closer and closer. With Halloween right around the corner, many kids are preparing themselves for a sugary feast. Meanwhile, parents are doing everything that they can to keep this Halloween both fun, and safe. While Halloween is meant to be a scary holiday, it should be safe for kids.

Of course, there are the more obvious safety tips such as:

• Plan a route in advance.
• Stay on sidewalks.
• Stay well-lit.
• Check kids candy.

There are also tips about what kind of costumes should be used, such as:

• Wear comfy shoes.
• Avoid masks.
• Avoid costumes that drag.
• Use flexible props.

Doing these quick little things will help a parent keep their kids safe this Halloween, but what about making sure this holiday is fun as well?

Not every neighborhood is a good place to go trick or treating. Some may be too unsafe, while other may be too isolated. For instance, rural dirt roads do not lend themselves to good trick-or-treating. A parent may need to take a good look at the neighborhood where they live to determine if they want to trick-or-treat there, or go somewhere else.

Many towns and cities offer different trick-or-treating alternatives, such as events like trunk-or-treat. Doing a little bit of research can turn up some local events that might help make a child’s Halloween celebration truly spook-tacular!

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Where Do You Get Rid of Your Trash?

Where Do You Get Rid of Your Trash?

Trash is always a bit of a problem, and anyone who has driven on California’s roadways can confirm that. The state’s roads are littered with rubbish that people have simply abandoned there. It happens all of the time, and in many cases, people get away with it. Due to the perceived lack of consequences for dumping trash on the side of the road, many people believe there are no consequences at all. However, that is not the case.

Here in the state of California, it is illegal to dump trash on any property that is not designated as a waste disposal facility. This is illegal under California Penal Code 374.3. Under this law, a person cannot leave their garbage where ever they please, like the side of the road. If caught doing so, a person will face consequences.

First time offenders will face a fine anywhere between $250 and $1,000. A second time offense will earn a person an increase rate anywhere between $500 and $1,500. A third or subsequent offense will earn a person fines between $750 and $3,000 dollars. If the person was caught dumping tires illegally, these fines would be doubled. The dumping of large quantities of waste earn a person large fines.

Aside from regular trash, this law also covers illegally dumping large amounts of rocks, concrete, asphalt, or dirt. People who dump large quantities of waste that could only come from a commercial business face even greater fines.

The state of California takes illegal dumping very seriously. If a person is caught illegally leaving trash on the side of the road, or on someone else’s property, they will face some pretty hefty fines. It is far better to pay the dump fees, than trying to get around them and ending up need to pay $1,000 for dumping the garbage illegally.

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Squirrels on Planes?

Squirrels on Planes?

Yet again, airlines and emotional support animals are in the headlines. A woman recently learned the hard way that not all animals will be allowed to fly, despite their “status” as an emotional support animal. Many airlines are having to put their feet down on what types of animals are allowed to fly on planes.

Emotional support animals are animals that provide their owner with some form of emotional support. These animals have received a note from a doctor that states they help improve a person’s life. They often receive no form of training, and the note can be acquired either by visiting a doctor, or by paying for one online. This allows just about any animal to become an emotional support animal.

Recently, a woman attempting to fly from Orlando, Florida to Cleveland, Ohio on a Frontier Airlines flight tried to bring her emotional support squirrel with her. She did report to the airline that she would be bringing an emotional support animal, but failed to mention that said animal was a squirrel.

Frontier has a rule against rodents being on flights, and squirrels are considered rodents. When the airline realized the woman brought a squirrel on board, they asked her to get off the plane. When she refused, the entire plane had to deplane and wait for police to come escort her off of the plane.

This is just another in a long line of incidents that has caused many airlines to reevaluate their animal policies on flights. Back in January of this year, United Airlines ran into a similar situation when someone tried to board a flight with their emotional support peacock.

What are your thoughts about emotional support animals flying on planes? Should airlines allow them, or are they making the right choices by keeping the more exotic animals off of flights? Let us know what you think in the comments down below.

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Could Parents Face Jail Time for Taking Away Their Child’s Cellphone?

Jail Time for Taking Away a Cellphone?

Pretty much every adult out there today, could tell you how if they didn’t behave well as a child, their favorite toy or item would get taken away until they cleaned up their act. It’s a parenting strategy that adults have been using for as long as anyone can remember. Doing this teaches a kid that their bad behavior will result in undesirable consequences.

In today’s modern world, the most prized device of teens is their smartphone, an object that was nonexistent just a few decades ago. Naturally, this has become the go to object to take away from a misbehaving teen. However, doing this can have some unexpected consequences, as one Michigan mother found out.

The mother in question took 15-year-old daughter’s phone away as punishment for getting in trouble at school. Sometime later, a deputy knocked on her door to arrest her for theft. As it turns out, the woman’s ex-husband, who had given the phone to the daughter, had reported the theft to the police. He conveniently neglected to inform the officers that the woman who took the phone was the girl’s mother.

The woman was arrested and was kept in a holding cell for two hours before posting a $200 dollar bail. Thankfully, the case was quickly dismissed when it went to court, and the prosecutors learned that the phone was, indeed, the daughter’s and not the ex-husband’s.

This is a pretty crazy story, and luckily most parents do not have to worry about facing jail time over taking their child’s phone away. As the legal guardian of a minor, parents have the right to do things like taking away phones.

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Watch Out for Battery Thieves

Watch Out for Battery Thieves

A working car is pretty important requirement for most working adults. Without a car, you can’t get to work, run errands, or go visit friends and family members. A person needs to take care of their vehicle if they want to continue to enjoy their freedom. However, there are somethings that are pretty difficult to protect a vehicle from. Take thieves for example.

Southern California has been experiencing a rise in a particular automobile crime, and it isn’t something that you might expect. People have been experiencing a car battery theft. Thieves are finding cars that have hoods that can be opened from the outside, and are stealing the car batteries from within.

Unfortunately for many of the victims, they would return to their cars only to find that the vehicle wouldn’t start. After a quick inspection under the hood, it was easy to see why. Without a battery, a car will not move, which can leave a motorist in a very tight spot.

The city of Tustin alone has experienced over 20 cases of from July to August. This is only a small sample of all of the thefts that have occurred throughout Los Angeles and Orange counties. On August 21st, Glendale police arrested two suspicious people who were loitering around vehicles in a Park and Ride. After searching their vehicle, the officers 10 stolen car batteries in the trunk of the car. The pair were also connected to several other thefts from earlier in the day.

Officers warn that if you see people acting suspicious, to report it to the authorities immediately. Doing so could help another motorist return to a functioning vehicle rather than one that is missing a battery.

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Do You Know If Your Money Is Real?

Do You Know If Your Money Is Real?

Money is a pretty big part of everyone’s lives. Most people spend their weekdays working hard to earn just enough money to make it through another week. Meanwhile, a very small group of people out there try to cheat the system and print their own money. This is called counterfeiting and even though the bills may look the same to government printed bills, they counterfeit ones have no monetary value. If a person wants to avoid getting stuck with a counterfeit bill, then they need to know how to check its authenticity.

There are several security measures in place to help people identify real bills from counterfeit ones.

Color Shifting Ink: On all bills divisible by 5, the bottom right number should be printing in color shifting ink. This means that when viewed from angle, the number should appear in one color, and if you change angles, the color of the number should change.
Fine/ Small Print: Real bills have a lot of small, fine print on them that is hard for counterfeiters to reproduce. If a bill has small text, it should printed clearly. If the text is fuzzy, then the bill is likely fake.
Raised Printing: One of the easier features to detect is the raised printing. The shirts on all of the people on the bills feature raised printing. If you run your finger nail over it, you should be able to feel the bumps of the “threads” of the shirt.
Red and Blue Threads: Despite being called paper money, bills are actually made out of fabric. Despite their initial appearance, they are not solid green. There are thin red and blue threads woven through the bill. Counterfeiters try to reproduce this by simply printing the lines one, so if the lines look like they were just printed on, not woven in, then the bill is a probably a fake.
Security Thread: Every bill has a security thread in it that can be seen when held up to a light. The location of the strip varies depending on the amount of the bill. When held up to a black light, the strip will glow a certain color depending on the amount of the bill:

• $5 glows blue
• $10 glows orange
• $20 glows green
• $50 glows yellow
• $100 glows pink

Watermark: Lastly, there is a watermark that can be seen when the bill is held up to a light. The watermark should be on the right side and be a replica of the face on the bill. If the watermark is visible without the bill being held to a light, then it is likely a counterfeit.

Counterfeiters can reproduce some of these security features, but it is very rare for them to be able to reproduce all of them. By knowing all of these different ways to check for fake money, a person is far less likely to get scammed out of their hard earned cash.

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Does 0% Down Sound Good to You?

Does 0% Down Sound Good to You?

When you have to pay for a big expense, you are always going to look for the best deal available. This may take some extra time, but it will help you save money in the long run. While doing this works for most instances, it isn’t always the best option. Take for instance a loved one’s arrest. Posting their bail is a huge expense, but the longer you take to find a good deal, the more time your loved one spends behind bars.

You need to find a good deal quickly for the sake of your friend or family member. Luckily for you, this can easily be done by contacting Porterville Bail Bonds. We understand how expensive bail can be since we have worked in the industry for over 30 years. This is why we do everything that we can to make our bail bonds as affordable as possible for our clients.

One of the ways we do this is by providing clients with approved credit 0% down on their bail bond. This means that they can get their loved one out of jail and not have to start making payments for the bond until a month later. This gives the client a good deal, gives them time to gather some funds for the bond, and still gets their loved one out of jail quickly.

This 0% down is in addition to the personalized payment plans that we supply all of our clients with. We sit down with each of our clients and work with them to create customized payment plans that fit into their unique budgets. This way, the cost of the bail bond is split up and spread out over several months, making it much more affordable.

If you want to get a bail bond for 0% down, try talking to one of our bail agents. They can let you know if you qualify for the discount, and can even tell you about another discount that we offer to qualified clients. By coming to Porterville Bail Bonds, you are giving yourself the best chance at getting a loved one out of jail at a cheap and affordable price.

To learn more about our discounts, call 559-784-8660 or click Chat With Us now.