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The Law That Everyone Has Broken at Least Once

The Law That Everyone Has Broken at Least Once

The Law That Everyone Has Broken at Least Once

With the literal thousands of different laws within the US, and even California alone, it is nearly impossible to follow all of them all of the time. Most of the time, people break laws not because they meant to, but because they simply didn’t know that doing that action was illegal. However, there are some instances when everyday people purposefully break the law.

When regular people break a law, it usually is due to the fact that they feel the law is pointless, or that it shouldn’t apply to them. Many people may argue that they don’t break a law, however there is one type of law that pretty much everyone is guilty of breaking from time to time. In fact it is typically broken several thousands of times a day. This law would be speed limits.

Everyone Speeds at Some Point

Every driver everywhere knows what speed limits are. Every single road in the US has an assigned maximum speed at which drivers could drive and still remain safe. This limit not only keeps the driver safe from himself, but also from other drivers, and anyone else who may be using the road.

Typically, people speed either when they are rushing to get somewhere, or aren’t paying attention to their speed. Both instances can be equally dangerous. In these instances, the driver drives their vehicle faster than the posted safe speed limit for that stretch of road. This may get the person to their destination faster, but it does so at a cost.

The problem with speeding is that it does not just endanger the driver in question. It also endangers every single human being that they pass on the road. All it takes to cause an accident, is one tiny mistake. After all, the faster a vehicle is traveling, the easier it is for that vehicle to lose control and cause an accident, and the more deadly the consequences of that accident.

Consequences of Speeding in California

Speeding has several different consequences depending on how the person is caught. If they are pulled over by a law enforcement officer for speeding, than the consequences will come in the form of a speeding ticket. Here in California, this means that:

  • A fine of $360 – $400 for speeds of 15 -20 MPH over the posted limit.
  • A fine of $480 – $550 for speeds of 26+ MPH over the posted limit.
  • Receiving points on a driver’s license. Too many points within a short amount of time can lead to a suspended or revoked license.
  • Increased insurance rates.

This is the better outcome for speeding drivers. In that scenario, nobody gets hurt. That is not the case for the other possible outcome for speeding, getting into an accident. In this outcome, a driver can face:

  • Varying criminal charges depending on the severity of the accident.
  • Points on the driver’s license.
  • Drastically increased insurance rates.
  • Possible court fees.
  • Paying restitutions to victims of the accident.

In the event of an accident, a speeding driver could be held responsible for another person’s injuries, or death. That is something that no one wants on their conscience, especially for something as meaningless as speeding.

Just Follow the Speed Limit

Speeding may seem like a great way to get to a destination on time, or small mistake made when not paying attention, but it is really much worse than that. Speeding is illegal, and that means that anytime a person speeds, they are breaking the law. This means thousands of drivers break the law every single day, and that is just looking at California.

Increasing the speed of a vehicle increases the chances of an accident. One small slip up is all it takes for a driver to end up in a bad way. It is best for everyone to simply follow the posted speed limits.

Everyone has seen their fair share of crazy drivers out there doing whatever they can to get to their destination as quickly as possible. What are some of the craziest things you’ve seen other drivers do? Tell us about it in the comments down below.

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California Has Its Fair Share of Odd Laws

California Has Its Fair Share of Odd Laws

California Has Its Fair Share of Odd Laws

No matter how smart a person may be, every once in a while, people tend to do very dumb things. They may think an idea is great at the time, but after a while, they look back and realize it wasn’t such a great idea after all. Luckily, there is nothing to feel bad about since this happens to everyone at some point in their lives.

One of the best parts? This doesn’t just happen to individuals. Groups can suffer from this as well. This can become very evident when a person takes a closer look at some of the laws here in California. At first glance, most of the laws seem normal. However, upon further inspection, people can notice some very odd laws.

Some Strange Laws Here in California

California lawmakers are people just like everyone else. This means they are just as prone to make mistakes as everyone else. That is why there are some pretty questionable laws here in the state of California. Some of them, clearly came from different time periods with different ideas and beliefs. However, some of them are just weird no matter how they are viewed.

The following are some examples of the odd laws within the state of California. They can be either state laws, or laws from cities within the state.
• No animal hanky-panky. The state of California banned all animals from publicly mating within 1,500 feet of a tavern, school, or place of worship. No one is sure how lawmakers planned on enforcing that.
• No more clouds. Lawmakers from California decided to enact a law that guaranteed sunshine to the masses. Again, no one is sure how they planned on enforcing this law. Maybe they thought they could fine clouds for blocking the Sun?
• No driving for women while indecent. This one is likely a product of its time. It is illegal for California women to drive a vehicle while wearing a housecoat.
• No public bathing. While most people nowadays wouldn’t argue with this idea, California lawmakers outlawed public bathhouses. Now everyone has to bath alone at home.
• No biking at the pool. The city of Baldwin Park decided to outlaw biking in public pools. Not exactly sure why that needed to be said, but there it is.
• Hoomans must be on leashes. Sometimes the laws themselves aren’t bad, just the words used to describe them weren’t ideal. Take for instance Belvedere’s dog leash law, which states: “No dog shall be in a public place without its master on a leash.” It is easy to see what they were going for here, but how it is written implies that the human is the one who is supposed to be on a leash, not the pooch.
• Men must have a sense of fashion. In the city of Carmel, men are not allowed to go outside while wearing a jacket that does not match his pants. Apparently the fashion police came up with this law.
• Women can’t be too fashionable. Inversely in Carmel, women are not allowed to wear high heels in the city limits. The fashion police here really need to be more consistent.
• No gardening while driving. The city of Chico decided to outlaw planting a garden in a public street. They probably meant on a public street, after all, no one would try to plant a garden in the middle of the road, would they?
• No one wants to see/smell that. The city of Dana Point made it illegal for a person to use their restroom if the window is open. At the time of its inception, this law was likely considered a great public service.

These Aren’t Taken Seriously

This is just a small sample of some of the oddest laws here within the state of California. While many of these are laws, but most aren’t taken seriously. This means that no one really has to worry about getting ticketed for driving while wearing a housecoat, or walking outside with clothes that don’t match.

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People Do What Before Getting Into Public Pools?

People Do What Before Getting Into Public Pools?

People Do What Before Getting Into Public Pools?

With the weather quickly heating up, many people are starting to pull their swimsuits out from their winter hiding spots. With California’s thousands of miles of coastline, there are plenty of places to go to the beach. However, the beach isn’t for everyone. Some people prefer to cool off without having to worry about sand getting everywhere. That is why some people prefer going to a pool.

In addition to the lack of sand at pools, they are often cleaner as well. The water is maintained by humans, instead of being left alone. However, despite the chemicals, mostly chlorine, put into pool water to keep it clean, one recent survey found that pools aren’t always as clean as one would hope.

Public Pools May Not be as Clean as You Think

The clear blue water of pools often looks a heck of a lot cleaner than ocean, lake, or river water. Those waters typically have all kinds of debris floating beneath the surface, making them hazy. Pools lack this haze due to the chemicals put into them to kill bacteria, and the filtration systems in them to pick out the bigger particles like bugs and leaves.

However, despite all of that, pools can still contain bits of harmful bacteria, bacteria that is typically brought in by swimmers. A recent survey conducted by Water Quality and Health Council found that 51% of Americans used pools as a way to rinse off after performing sweat inducing activities.

The survey, which polled 3,100 American adults and had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.7%, also found the following information:

• 24% of people would go within a pool within an hour of having diarrhea.
• 40% of adults peed in pools.
• 48% admitted to not showering before entering a pool.
• 53% didn’t know makeup affected the chemistry of the pool.
• 55% didn’t know deodorant affected the chemistry of the pool.
• 64% acknowledge the fact that pools don’t eliminate the need to shower, but use pools as a reason not to shower anyways.

While chlorine does help keep pools cleaner, it isn’t an infinite source of cleanliness. Think of the chlorine in a pool like a bar of soap. Every time it is used to clean something, it becomes smaller and less effective until it is all used up. However, chlorine is not a replacement for soap.

Chlorine keeps pools clean by causing chemical reactions in the water that kill microorganisms and bacteria. By adding other chemicals to the mix, bodily fluids, makeup, and deodorant, a person reduces the strength of the chlorine in the water, thereby reducing its effectiveness.

Help Keep Public Pools Clean

Some of the findings in this survey are more than a bit disgusting. Hopefully, they will serve as a reminder to everyone that there are times when they shouldn’t go swimming, and more than that, they should shower before getting into a pool. Doing so can help keep the water cleaner, longer.

Pools are a great way to beat the summer heat, and most are likely maintained on a regular basis. So long as a pool’s owner keeps up with the maintenance of the pool, its filter system, and the chemical makeup, there is no reason to not go swimming in it. All public pools in California are required by law to be kept at safe and sanitary levels at all times. If a person suspects that this isn’t being done at a local public pool, they can report the problem to their local health officials.

As things begin to heat up this summer, be sure to help keep pools clean by not using them as bath time, and showering before getting into the water. This will help keep the pool water clean for everyone.

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Be Careful Meeting People from the Internet in Real Life

Be Careful Meeting People from the Internet in Real Life

Be Careful Meeting People from the Internet in Real Life

Over the last few years, the internet has become an almost integral part of people’s everyday lives. Most people can’t go a day without going online for one reason or another. The internet has allowed people to do a whole lot without ever leaving their homes, such as shopping or communicating with people.

As detached as the internet allows a person to be, there are times where people chose to meet with others they met online. Usually it is to buy or sell something, but sometimes it is because the people decided they wanted to meet face to face. As harmless as this may sound, it can actually be very dangerous to meet someone new for the first time, even if the people have been talking online. The fact of the matter is, a person never knows for sure who he may be meeting.

The Internet Isn’t Always Truthful

When it comes to the internet, there is a lot of anonymity. No one ever knows for sure who they are dealing with since no one ever sees the other’s real face. They may not even get the other person’s real name. Even though a person may claim to be someone online, doesn’t mean it is true.

Anyone, good or bad, can be found online. This is why it is so important for people to keep personal information, name, address, and phone number, to themselves. They should also keep all of their online accounts set to private. Doing so can reduce the chances of something bad happening.

Still, there are times when people from the internet decide to meet in person, for one reason or another.

Choose a Safe Meeting Location

The most common reason why internet people meet in real life is when one is selling something to the other person. Unfortunately, what should be a harmless interaction can turn dangerous, or even deadly, for one of the people involved. This is usually due to the fact that one person is not who they claimed to be, and is just trying to lure the other into a trap of some sort.

In order to avoid being taken advantage of, and avoid any harm, a person needs to play it safe when meeting with an online buyer or seller. One of the simplest ways to do that is to choose the right meeting place. A person should never invite an online seller or buyer to their house, and likewise, they should never agree to meet someone at their house.

The best places to meet are in public, during broad daylight, with lots of witnesses close by. This way, if the other person tries to pull anything, there will be people close by who can help out. One of the best places to meet people from online, is at a local sheriff’s or police station. In fact, some stations have begun designating areas in their parking lots specifically for this reason. This helps ensure everyone’s safety.

A criminal would have to be very brazen to try to pull anything. Plus, setting up a meeting here is also a good way to weed out people who are trying to pull some sort of scam or criminal activity, since they won’t like the idea of meeting at a police station. If anyone ever tries to disagree with meeting at a police station, they should probably be avoided. After all, it is in both party’s best interest to meet in a safe place, and it doesn’t get much safer than right outside a police station.

Another good idea is to bring a buddy, someone trusted. This again just adds an extra witness to everything, and further reduces the chances of something bad happening. If a person can’t find someone else to bring with them, because their loved one’s are busy, then they should at least tell a trusted loved one everything about the planned meeting. This includes:

  • Time of meeting.
  • Location.
  • Reason for meeting.
  • All information on the person they are meeting with.

This way, if something goes wrong, someone else should know about it.

Stay Safe When Buying from Someone Online

When it comes to buying stuff online from people rather than retailers, it is always best to exercise some caution. No one wants to get scammed, or worse. Taking the proper steps, like meeting near a police station, can prevent something bad from helping, thereby allowing the person to go about their day without worry.

Hopefully you’ve never had a bad experience when buying an item online, but maybe you have a weird or memorable one. In the comments below, tell us about your weirdest or most memorable experience of buying something from someone online.

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Yet Another Scam Sweeping Across the Nation

Yet Another Scam Sweeping Across the Nation

Yet Another Scam Sweeping Across the Nation

Scams are never fun to deal with. No one ever wants to lose some of their hard earned money just because someone tricked them. Sadly, falling for scams is easier than people are aware. Scammers have dozens of different plays that they can use to trick unsuspecting targets. If the trick works, the target becomes a victim.

Once a person becomes a victim, they usually become aware of the fact that they have been scammed. Unfortunately, after this point, it is often too late to get the lost money back. This is often due to the fact that scammers often ask for the money in a way that is impossible to trace. It is a whole lot easier to prevent a scam than it is to fix things after a scam. This makes it all the more important for a person to be aware of scams and how they work.

The One Ring Scam

A new scam that is making its rounds around the country, is being referred to as the One Ring Scam. A scammer robocalls a series of numbers, all usually within the same area. The scammer lets the phone ring once or twice, and then hangs up. The process is usually repeated several times over the course of a day or two.

At first, this doesn’t sound like much of a scam, it sounds more like a prank call. However, all of this is meant to get the target’s attention. The hope is that the target will call the number back, where they will be asked to pay a fee for a long distance phone call. This “fee” gets paid to the scammer, and the target becomes a victim.

The scam doesn’t seem very effective at first glance. Most people don’t answer random numbers, and even if they did answer this call, they would just get hung up on. The trick with this scam is the repetitive nature of the calls. Many people might not answer a call from a random number, but after many calls from the same number, they may become curious. They may even think it might be important, after all, the person is really trying to get ahold of them. That is what causes most people to call the number back, and fall victim to the scam.

This is why the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is warning people about this new scam. It is rarely a good idea to answer a phone call from a number that a person does not know, and calling it back is an even worse idea. Currently, the calls seem to target certain regions all at once, suggesting that the scammers might be targeting area codes. The calls seem to be originating from the African nation of Mauritania with a country code of 222. A person is advised to ignore any phone calls with this country code in the phone number.

Learn to Avoid Scams and Report Them

If a person wants to avoid being scammed, then they need to learn how to recognize different scam behaviors. A big indication something might be a scam is if phone number is one the person doesn’t recognize. Another big indicator is if the phone number is from out of the country. These sorts of phone calls should often be avoided, no matter how persistent the caller may be.

If a person has received a scam phone call like this, than they should report it to the FCC by filling a complaint. Doing so can help put an end to the scam, and help protect other potential victims.

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Couple Has to Pay How Much for a Tree?

Couple Has to Pay How Much for a Tree?

Couple Has to Pay How Much for a Tree?

For most people, owning a piece of land is a very big deal. By own a piece of land, a person is able to do with it what they please, provided they follow local laws of course. Depending on the area, there can be all sorts of different building codes and regulations. While most of these rules will focus on how a house or building is built, some might pay more attention to the plant life on the property.

One Northern California couple learned this the hard way after they attempted to move an oak tree on their property. After the failed operation, the couple has been taken to court and currently faces fines totaling nearly $600,000. That is quite a hefty fine for doing what some might count as yard maintenance. However, some cities and counties see things differently.

How Oak Trees Are Viewed in California

The state of California has, for a while now, been a self-proclaimed leader in green initiatives. This includes more recent laws, such as the banning of single-use plastic bags and the limiting of how restaurants can hand out single-use plastic straws. However, there are other laws in affect around the state that focus on the local flora and fauna.

A prime example of that is all of the laws from cities and counties regarding oak trees. Oak trees are a large part of California history. The coast Live Oak, the native oak tree here in California, has an incredibly slow growth rate, and trees of this variety can live for more than a hundred years. This means that any large oak trees that a person stumbles upon, is likely older than them.

Due to this fact, many cities and counties across California have enacted laws against cutting down these oak trees. In fact, an oak tree can only be cut down when a property owner proves to the governing body, either city or county, that the tree poses a risk to their property. Then, and only then, can a person have the tree removed. Failing to receive that permission, and removing the tree anyways, can result in some serious fines.

When Moving a Tree Goes Wrong

Uprooting and transporting plants from one location to another is always a bit tricky. As a general rule of thumb, whatever is seen above ground on a plant, also exists below ground in the form of roots. Basically, the bigger a plant is, the more roots it needs to collect water. If too much damage is done to a plant’s root system, it won’t be able to collect enough water to sustain itself and will die.

Despite how harmful it can be to a plant, people often decide to move them anyways. This is what one Northern California couple decided to do with an oak tree on their property in Sonoma County. The couple wanted to move the tree from one of their properties, to another one so that it was closer to their home. With the help of large equipment designed to turn large trees into giant potted plants, the couple moved the tree, not without causing plenty of construction damage to the nearby area.

The 180 year old oak tree did not survive the move, and neither did several others along the newly constructed route between the tree’s original home and its new one. As a result of this damage, the Sonoma Land Trust took the couple to court, where the judge sided in favor of the trust. The judge ordered that the couple pay $586,000 fine to help pay for the environmental restoration of the area.

The couple is now selling their $8.45 million estate and seeking a retrial.

Trimming That Oak Tree without Permission May Be Illegal

When it comes to landscaping their yard, most people would assume that they have free reign. After all, it is their property. However, that is not always the case, especially when native plants like Coast Live Oaks are concerned. If a person is looking to prune, trim, or even remove an oak tree from their property, they should look into local laws. There may just be a law prohibiting such a thing unless absolutely necessary.

What is your take on the Judge’s decision on this case? Is the nearly $600,000 fine for killing a 180 year-old oak tree just right, too much, or not enough? Let us know what you think in the comments down below.

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Don’t Leave the Scene of an Accident Too Soon

Don’t Leave the Scene of an Accident Too Soon

Don’t Leave the Scene of an Accident Too Soon

Nobody ever wants to be in a car accident, even a minor one. A small accident could put a bump or ding on a person’s vehicle, while larger ones can result in severe injuries and even death. Due to this fact, people are afraid of getting in accidents, and rightfully so. No one wants to be responsible for hurting someone else. Unfortunately, accidents do happen.

When an accident happens, no matter how little or how bad it may be, a driver needs to remain on the scene to deal with it. If a driver leaves the scene of the accident before it is resolved, they could be charged with hit and run. That is a crime no one ever wants to be accused of.

A Driver’s Responsibility

Here in the state of California, a driver is responsible for handling any accidents that they are involved in, regardless of who is at fault for the accident. This means that if a driver hits another vehicle, or a person, they have to remain on scene to help out as best as they can. If a driver is hit by another vehicle, they still have to stay on the scene until the accident has been handled.

In either situation, if the driver leaves the scene of the accident without first identifying themselves, they could be charged with hit and run. To identify themselves at the scene of an accident, a driver must stop their car, and provide the other parties involved with the accident with their identifying information. This includes the driver’s:

  • Name.
  • Contact information.
  • Current address.
  • Driver’s License, upon request.
  • Vehicle registration, upon request.
  • The information of the vehicle’s owner, if the driver isn’t the owner.

Though a driver should stay on the scene until it is completely dealt with, they can leave after they have given the other party this information if they are in a hurry to get somewhere. At least with the information given, the other party will be able to sort out the accident.

When it comes to hitting a parked car, a person should leave a note with all of the above information, plus a description of what happened, in a discreet, yet easy to find spot. The person should then contact the local police department and alert them to the accident. Doing all of this creates a record of the incident and shows that the drive tried to remedy the situation.

Penalties of Committing Hit and Run

Under California Vehicle Codes (VC) 20002 and 20001, hit and run crimes can either be charged as misdemeanors or as felonies. How the crime is charged is dependent on what was damaged during the car accident that the driver fled from. If property was damaged, then the driver will face misdemeanor charges. If a person was injured or killed, then the driver will face felony charges.

The consequences of VC 20002, misdemeanor hit and run, are:

  • A max fine of $1,000.
  • A jail sentence of up to 6 months.
  • 3 years informal probation.
  • 2 points on driver’s record.
  • Restitutions to victims.

The consequences of VC 20001, felony hit and run, are:

  • A fine between $1,000 and $10,000.
  • A prison stay of 3 or 4 years.
  • 2 points on driver’s record.
  • Restitutions to victims.

A Driver Is Better Off Staying

Being charged with hit and run in California is no small matter. Hit and runs are taken very seriously, and can cost a driver more than just money. In addition, a driver can be accused of hit and run regardless of whether or not the accident was their fault. This means that by fleeing the scene of an accident, a driver can make circumstances worse for themselves. They may not have been in any legal trouble had they stayed, but y running, the driver became guilty of hit and run.

This is why it is best for drivers to just stop and pullover when they’ve been in an accident. Running will just make things worse.

What do you think of California’s hit and run laws? Are they too strict, not strict enough, or just right? Let us know what you think in the comments down below.

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Californians Are Battling Over Senate Bill 276

Californians Are Battling Over Senate Bill 276

Californians Are Battling Over Senate Bill 276

With all of the extra means of communication around the world, there are more debates than ever. Some of them are very minor, such as whether or not pineapple belongs on pizza, and others are far more heated. The more heated the debate, the angrier both sides of the argument tend to become.

A perfect example of this is the ongoing debate over whether or not children should be vaccinated. Some parents believe that it is their right to choose whether or not to vaccinate their children. Other parents argue that since unvaccinated kids help spread the disease to other students, the parents of the unvaccinated child lose that right to choose.

This debate is coming to a head here in California as the state legislature looks at a new bill that could change how children are vaccinated in the state. Naturally, this has caused quite a stir amongst parents from both sides of the argument.

Does SB 276 Remove a Parent’s Right to Choose

California lawmakers are currently reviewing Senate Bill (SB) 276. This bill would change how parents could get permission to not have their child vaccinated before going to school. Currently, parents simply need to get a doctor’s note of approval in order to not have their child vaccinated. SB 276 seeks to change that by removing that power from doctors and giving it to state public health officials instead.

This simple change would make it much more difficult for parents who are against vaccinations to have their child exempt from need the vaccines. Due to that fact, many anti-vaccination parents are up in arms over this proposed bill. They argue that this bill would remove the parent’s right to make decisions for their child.

On the other side of the fence, people are arguing that anti-vaccination parents are making choices that not only affect their child, but the children of everyone else at the school. Therefore, the parent shouldn’t be able to make that decision on their own, since the results are so far reaching. This claim is backed up by the recent reemergence of measles, along with other once life threatening diseases that were thought to be eliminated in the United States thanks to vaccines.

Why Are Some Parents Against Vaccines?

The idea of anti-vaccinations has steadily gained traction over the recent decades, but where did it come from? After all, vaccinations helped immunize a child against potentially life-threatening diseases. Well, some people believe that vaccines cause autism in children. This belief started with a medical study.

Back in 1998, a British doctor named Andrew Wakefield released a report on a study he conducted that claimed to find a link between vaccines and autism. However, shortly after the “study” was published, it was discovered that Wakefield’s research only examined 12 people, far too small of a sample size to come to any concrete decisions. In addition, Wakefield altered and manipulated data to better support his belief.

Once all of that was realized, the paper was retracted and Wakefield’s medical license was revoked. However, none of this happened before the news of the supposed link between vaccines and autism spread like wildfire.

Even though the study was retracted, and dozens upon dozens of new studies have since disproved Wakefield’s claim, people still choose to belief it. Unfortunately, this puts thousands of children at risk of contracting dangerous diseases such as measles, polio, whooping cough, and diphtheria.

Will Californians Have to Get Vaccinated?

The debate currently going up in Sacramento surrounding SB 276 will continue to be very heated. Both opposing sides whole heartedly agree that they are right, and the other side is wrong. No matter how California lawmakers decide to side in this debate, there will undoubtedly be some uproar.

What do you think of SB 276? Should parents be allowed to choose whether or not their child gets vaccinated, or is this decision too important for parents to just opt out of? Let us know what you think in the comments down below.

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Be Careful What You Share Online

Be Careful What You Share Online

Be Careful What You Share Online

Most people nowadays are in quite a rush to post something on social media after an exciting or infuriating event happens. Everyone is so used to that sharing, that often times, they forget to realize that they might be oversharing. There somethings that are better kept to oneself, and not posted online.

Everything that goes up onto a social media site can affect a person in one way or another. Creating a post can get a person attention, but sometimes it can come with more attention the person really wanted. For instance, in today’s modern world, most companies will examine a person’s social media accounts to determine if the person is the kind of employee they want to have working for them.

This is why a person needs to be very careful with what they share on social media, or even share with friends through electronic communications such as text and email. A person never really knows who might see things.

Good Tips for What Not to Post or Share

When it comes to a person posting things online, it is best to assume that nothing they share is private. This rings true even if a person has a private account. There are countless ways for people to get around that privacy. For instance, a friend of the posters could like the post and share it with their friends, and so on and so on. Perhaps a hacker gets ahold of the account and makes some of the more embarrassing or private posts public. Something like this could lead to problems later on for whoever created the post.

Another good bit of advice when it comes to making a social media posts is to never make one when upset. People don’t always make the best decisions when they are angry or upset, which means they would most likely make a bad post that could come back to haunt them. The worst part about them is these things are permanent. Even if the post is deleted, it can still exist elsewhere on the internet.

Even when it comes to messaging people, a person should be careful of what they send and to who. Some people can be trusted with private information and pictures, others can’t be. This is especially true when it comes to sending nude photos to significant others. If the couple experiences a bad break up, they may post the photos online as a form of revenge. While this is illegal, some people still do it and once those photos are online, they can never truly be taken down.

Things That Should Never Be Shared

There are a few basic things that should never be shared online, these things include:

  • Confidential information. This includes things such as social security numbers, home addresses, online account passwords, info that could be used as a clue to a password, and personal phone numbers. This information can be used to steal a person’s identity, find their home, or harass them over the phone.
  • Financial Information. This includes bank records, account numbers, and credit card information. Identity thieves can use this info to access those accounts and steal the money within.
  • A Person’s Schedule. This includes the person’s work schedule and any vacation plans they might have. Thieves can use this to know when a person isn’t home, and know exactly when to rob the person’s home.
  • Work Information. This includes clients that the person may work for, or coworkers they may work with. Sharing stuff like this can get the person into trouble at work if they are not careful.

A person should never share this kind of information about themselves online, and they definitely shouldn’t share this kind of information about others. Once this information is posted online, it can be there forever, despite having the post deleted. If it falls into the wrong hands, someone could find themselves in serious trouble.

Practice Safe Sharing Online

As fun as it can be to share exciting information with friends on social media, sometimes it is best to not share everything. Somethings can cause trouble if a person is not careful. Add that to the fact that once stuff is on the web, it can be very difficult to remove. That is why everyone should carefully consider everything they post online. Doing so could mean the difference between embarrassment, and staying sane, or getting the job the person really wants.

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Is It Illegal to Smoke in a Car with Children Present?

Is It Illegal to Smoke in a Car with Children Present?

Is It Illegal to Smoke in a Car with Children Present?

Pretty much everyone is aware of the fact that smoking is bad. It can be incredibly damaging to the human body, which is why it causes around 480,000 deaths each year in the United States alone. This is about 1 out of every 5 deaths in the country. This is also more deaths than the following causes combined:

  • HIV
  • Drug use
  • Alcohol use
  • Car crashes
  • Gun related incidents

The numbers and stats are quite intimidating, and yet, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 14 out of every 100 adults over the age of 18 smoke in the US. This totals to around 34.3 million adults smoking. That is a lot of people out there who are knowingly causing a lot of harm to their body. This is just the stats for the people who purposefully smoke, then there are the people who are effected despite never smoking themselves.

The Dangers of Secondhand Smoke

Secondhand smoke is a term that refers to the smoke that non-smokers inhale. This smoke comes from the lit end of cigarettes, and the smoke exhaled by the smoker him/herself. This smoke can linger for hours, and spread up to 20 feet away from the smoker. When breathed in by a passerby, they are exposed to the very same health risks that smokers are, despite never actually smoking themselves.

This is why smoking has been banned in most areas, especially areas where lots of children will be present, to protect people who have made the conscious decision to not smoke.

Children and Secondhand Smoke

Smoking is bad enough for fully grown adults, but it is even worse for children. Children’s bodies are still developing and growing, making them more susceptible to the health risks that come from secondhand smoke. Some of the side effects of secondhand smoke amongst children include:

  • Developing bronchitis
  • Developing pneumonia
  • Ear infections
  • Increased risk of sudden infant death syndrome
  • Asthma attacks
  • Lung infections

This is why smoking is banned from schools, daycares, and homes that serve as daycares. What many people may not be aware of, is that here in the state of California, it is actually against the law to smoke in a car when minors are present. This actually makes a lot of sense, though it is often overlooked.

Inside a vehicle, secondhand smoke levels can get way out of hand. The levels of pollutants in the air can get well above the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) hazardous limit. Some drivers try to get around this by cracking open a window to allow the car to vent. While this does reduce the amount of pollutants in the air within the vehicle, they are still 10 to 20 times more than the EPA’s Hazard limit. This means that the air is still very toxic, and therefore very damaging, to children.

Smoking in a vehicle with minors inside is an infraction level offense, and a minor one at that. This means that it comes with a small fine and no possibility of jail time. In addition, officers are very unlikely to pull a driver over just for smoking with children in the car. More than likely, the driver will be pulled over for some other traffic offense, and this offense will be added onto the ticket as well.

Don’t Smoke Around Non-Smokers

Smoking is just a bad idea in general, since it does a lot of harm to a person’s body. However, if that person wants to smoke, that is their choice. However, the people around them have likely made the decision not to smoke, and have a right to be able to breathe clean, smoke-free air. This is especially true for growing children. That is why smoking is restricted to specific areas that are far away from where children may be present. This includes the inside of a vehicle.

What do you think of California’s law against smoking in cars with children? Is it the right thing to do, or should it come with harsher consequences? Let us know what you think in the comments down below.