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Smoking Marijuana While Driving

Smoking Marijuana While Driving

Smoking Marijuana While Driving

While the rest of the country may be debating what to do about cannabis, Californians have already decided. California recently legalized marijuana for recreational use. We followed several other states like Oregon, Washington, and Colorado. While we weren’t the first ones to legalize weed recreationally, we are still one of the eight states that allows it recreationally. However, like with alcohol and cigarettes, there are laws that have to be followed.

Arguably the most important place to follow the law is behind the wheel. When a person steps behind the wheel of a vehicle they greatly increase the chances of causing harm to someone. Vehicle related deaths are some of the highest in the nation.

Before California allowed the sale of recreational marijuana, they passed several laws in anticipation. In particular they passed a law in regards to driving while smoking. According to this law, written by Sen. Jerry Hill, if a person is caught smoking marijuana while operating a vehicle or while riding in a vehicle, they can be subjected to a violation. The violation will include a fine of $70.

This really isn’t a new law for us. It’s already illegal to drive while intoxicated. Obtaining a DUI isn’t because you were drunk, it just means you were under the influence of some kind of substance. Along with not being intoxicated while driving, you cannot have an open container of cannabis in your vehicle. This is similar to you not being allowed to have an open container of alcohol in the vehicle.

Since we are one of the few states that have legalized the use of marijuana recreationally, we have to be the role model for other states in the future. As time continues, more studies will be released in regards to the use of marijuana, which will broaden our understanding of the subject as a whole. Until then, exercise caution, and just follow the law.

 

Dog Bite Laws In California

Dog Bite Laws In California

Dog Bite Laws In California

Nobody likes to get hurt, especially when someone else could have and should have taken measures to prevent the incident from happening. One kind of such incident is dog bites. There is not a single person alive who would want to get bitten by a dog.

The state of California has strict liability laws when it comes to dog bites. In most instances, the dog owner is liable if their dog bites someone. This means that the person who was bit has the right to seek legal compensation from the animal’s owner.

Some states limit when a dog owner is liable for their dog biting someone. For instance, some states only hold the owner liable if the dog has proven to be violent or vicious in the past. However, that is not the case in the state of California.

Regardless of whether or not the dog has bitten someone in the past, the owner is still liable for anyone their dog injures by biting.

The only time a person is not liable for their dog biting someone is if the person who was bit was trespassing on the owner’s private property.

Due to this fact, it is important for dog owners to keep their pets safe in their home or yard. If the dog gets out and bites someone, that person has the legal right to seek legal compensation from the dog’s owner.

Dont Drink And Drive Madera

There’s No Reason To Drink And Drive

Dont Drink And Drive Madera

What are your plans these summer? Whatever you tell us, it better not include driving yourself or others while being intoxicated after a party or after going to a club. Even though in the past, you may have driven while intoxicated. You need to get into the habit of not getting behind the wheel after having a drink. There is no excuse anymore!

There are so many safer transportation options at your disposal. You can designate a sober driver. You can arrange for a friend or family member to pick you up. You can walk, if the distance to your next destination is short enough. You can take public transportation as long as you are still composed and collected. You can call a taxi, Uber, or Lyft. In fact, you can sometimes even call the police to take you home.

A first-time DUI can be as much as $50,000, on average. For repeat offenses, that price goes way up. You are paying for increased insurance, license reinstatement, legal fees, vehicle impound fees, and a driver’s course. This $50,000 does not even factor in vehicle or property damages and medical bills for those who suffer injury or death. Plus, that is only the financial consequence of a DUI. You also will have emotional consequences and time consequences, meaning you will have to spend time away from work and family to appear in court, attend driver’s classes, and more.

Think of it this way: would you rather pay $50,000 for a DUI because you made a poor, irresponsible decision to drive while intoxicated or would you rather pay a few dollars for an Uber ride? Obviously the latter is the more attractive pick. Besides, since you are leaving it up to a sober individual to drive you home, you can treat yourself to another drink to end the night before heading home safely.

This summer, we know you are probably going to go out and have some drinks with friends. Make sure ahead of time that everyone has a plan to get home safely. We are pretty sure the police would rather not have to pull you over and Merced Bail Bond Store, would rather not have to answer your call for a plea for a bail bond. Yet, you know we will without hesitation.

In case you need a bail bond for yourself or a loved one, you can reach Merced Bail Bond Store online by chat or by phone at 559-674-0444.