Park Here, Not There

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The summer season is upon us, which can only mean one thing – an influx of traffic stemming from tourists, family vacations, and gorgeous weather. As you and your family embark on summertime adventures, we want to help ensure your trips are memorable for all the right reasons, and not because of parking violations that result in unwanted fines or tickets.

As you drive around town looking for the perfect, shady, parking spot keep these laws in mind regarding parking at colored curbs.

• White– Stop only long enough to pick up or drop off passengers or mail.
• Green– Park for a limited time. Look for a posted sign next to the green zone for time limits, or locate the time limit painted on the curb.
• Yellow– Stop no longer than the time posted to load or unload passengers or freight...

Too Drunk for What?

Too Drunk for What?

We see the slogans all around when we drive down the road. These slogan say things like, “don’t drink and drive”, “drive sober or get pulled over”, and “buzzed driving is drunk driving”. Slogans may seem pointless and repetitive, but there is reason why they are so redundant. In 2017 in California, around the holidays, DUIs increased 22% according to California Highway Patrol (CHP).

DUIs are not just arrests, they also include accidents. According to the California Department of Motorized Vehicles (DMV) in 2013, their most recently released records, 160,388 people were arrested for a DUI. Out of those arrests, 38% of those incidents resulted in alcoholic related DUI fatality.

The DMV provides information in regards to DUIs and shows that the amount of DUIs has doubled in s...

Driving Slow in the Fast Lane: Is It Legal?

Driving Slow in the Fast Lane: Is It Legal?

Have you ever been driving down the freeway only to get stuck behind a vehicle doing 55 in the fast lane? It can be incredibly frustrating to get slowed down by someone who can’t drive the speed limit and yet insists on being in the left lane. Unfortunately, it is a pretty common occurrence, especially here in California.

Here in California, we have laws that state if a person is driving slower than the flow of traffic, they need to move over to the left lane. Other states, however, have a different approach to the left lane. In many state across the country, a driver is only allowed to use the left lane to pass another vehicle. After they have done this, they are supposed to return to the right lane.

While many states have this law in effect, a lot of them do not have any actual reperc...

Why Should You Buckle Up in the Car? It Could Save Your Life

Why Should You Buckle Up in the Car? It Could Save Your Life

Following the rules can seem lame, or uncool at times. However, rules are in place for a reason, and that reason is usually for our own safety. For example, the seatbelt laws in California are in place to protect us. For some reason, there are people who think it’s uncool to wear a seatbelt. They fail to realize that being dead is more uncool. Seatbelt laws in California are as follows according to the California Department of Motorized Vehicles:

• Vehicles must contain properly functioning seat belts.
• Any operator of a motor vehicle must wear a safety belt at all times.
• All passengers 8 years old and older that are at least 4 feet 9 inches tall or taller, are required to wear a seat belt.
• Children that are 8 years old and younger that are under 4 feet 9 inches tall...

DUI Checkpoints on Halloween

DUI Checkpoints on Halloween

Drinking and driving is never a good idea. Unfortunately, thousands of people decide to do so every day, especially around holidays. This includes Halloween. People are out and about partying and having fun when they decide they are not too drunk to drive. They get behind the wheel of a vehicle, and inevitably cause an accident.

This is horrible on any day of the year, but can be infinitely worse on Halloween due to the increase in foot traffic caused by children trick or treating. This is why police officers are so determined to stop drunk drivers on Halloween. One of the best ways that they do this is by setting up DUI checkpoints.

DUI checkpoints help law enforcement officers find drivers who are driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol...

I was Caught Using my Cell Phone While Driving. Now What?

What we do know is that in California, drivers are prohibited from using their cell phone while they are behind the wheel, with a few exceptions. What we do not know, is what the consequences are if we are caught doing so.

Exceptions
A driver may use their cell phone if they are making an emergency call to an emergency service like the police, the fire department, or their medical provider. A driver may also quickly tap or swipe on their mounted phone if, and only if, it is being used as a GPS. Note that the phone must be mounted to the car where it does not interfere with clear visibility.

Consequences
A first offense for a driver caught using their phone illegally while driving is $20. Additional offenses will be $50. These are baseline figures though...

Texting and Driving? Too Much, New Laws

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Let us be real, these days, texting and driving is no longer texting and driving. It is more like social media-ing and driving, or navigating maps and driving because smart phones have come so far in just a few years. This has caused driving and cell phone laws to be expanded, starting this year.

Starting this year, cell phones must be mounted to the dash, the lower left or upper left corner of the windshield, if the driver wishes to use it while driving. With it mounted, the driver may make one single tap or swipe on the phone.

Other laws regarding cell phone use while driving still exist of course, but the new ones just expanded on them.

The goal is to reduce distracted driving and consequences of such instances like accidents and arrests.