How Legal Are DUI Checkpoints? The Answer Just Might Surprise You

How Legal Are DUI Checkpoints? The Answer Just Might Surprise You

How Legal Are DUI Checkpoints? The Answer Just Might Surprise You

Nobody likes being interrupted when they are running late. An interruption like that will just slow you down more, which is something you don’t want. You’re late enough on your own. You do not need help in that department today. Unfortunately, you’ve stumbled upon some traffic, and it was all caused by a DUI checkpoint.

This is how most people come across DUI checkpoints, which why most people don’t like them. However, despite how obnoxious checkpoints like these can be, they are incredibly beneficial. DUI checkpoints like this are set up to catch drunk drivers before they cause an accident and get someone hurt. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that DUI checkpoints prevent on in 10 DUI related deaths.

Some people dislike DUI checkpoints so much that they say the checkpoints are unconstitutional. Under the United States Constitution states that a law enforcement officer can only stop traffic if there is probable cause to do so. This case was brought to the Supreme Court, where Court ruled that the dangers of drunk driving far outweighed the minor infringement that checkpoints have on a driver’s constitutional rights.

Whenever a holiday that involves a lot of drinking and partying comes around, you can bet that police officers will be setting up a few DUI checkpoints to help reduce the amount of drunk drivers. If you wish to avoid DUI checkpoints, you have the legal right to do so, just make sure you follow all traffic laws when avoiding a checkpoint. Better yet, plan out your route accordingly. Law enforcement agencies have to announce when and where DUI checkpoints will be. This information can easily be found online.


So yes, DUI checkpoints can be annoying, but they do a great service. They keep the roadways safe for every single one of us. Unfortunately, even in this day and age, there are still several thousands of people out there who think it is okay to get behind the wheel of a vehicle while intoxicated. Every time this occurs, that driver is not only risking their life, but the lives of every single person that they pass on the road.

Why You Need to Talk with Your Kids

Why You Need to Talk with Your Kids

Why You Need to Talk with Your Kids

When you fell in love with your partner and decided to have kids, you probably didn’t know what you were getting yourself into. You probably had baby fever, and saw some cute little socks that spoke to you. Then before you know it, you have a baby that cries a lot. You figure out a routine and eventually you master the baby phase of your child’s life.

Then comes the kid phase. This phase is when your kid starts talking, and going to school. Other people are now influencing your child. It’s no longer your family helping you take care of them. Your child will start hearing things and asking a lot of questions. They even start forming their own opinions and perspectives. Now you’re probably more terrified to talk to them and find out what they know. However, you need to talk to them.

Talking to your kid(s) will help you get to know them better. Yes, it may be intimidating to talk to them about things you’re not comfortable with since you may still see them as an innocent infant. Breaking down those barriers of discomfort will only benefit your relationship with your kid. By doing this, future conversations won’t be as awkward for you.

Having an open channel of communication with your child will grant you the ability to tell whether or not they are being bullied. Let’s face it, bullying is bad, and it seems to be extremely rampant at schools. If your kid feels comfortable talking with you, they are more likely to come to you with their problems. This gives you the opportunity to help your kid deal with a bully in a healthy and mature way. Being able to talk with your kid about their feelings will save you possible heartache down the line. Further down the line, your kid may be less likely to go to jail if they know they can talk to you about their problems.


Knowing your kid can be a lot of fun. You’ll be graced with plenty of jokes, and conversations with your kid if you just keep an open channel of communication. The conversations that you have with your child may not all be easy, or fun to have. Some conversations will be hard, and you may not know what to say all the time. However just think about all the benefits of communicating with your child. You child will see that you love and care for them. They are very perceptive like that.

Tips on Procrastination: It’s Almost Human Nature

Tips on Procrastination: It’s Almost Human Nature

Tips on Procrastination: It’s Almost Human Nature

We all fall victim to procrastination at some point in our lives when faced with difficult tasks, such as bailing someone out of jail. Whether it was in 5th grade turning in a science project, or if it was last week submitting a project for work, procrastination affects all of us. It’s something no one plans on doing, yet we’re all aware it will probably happen.

Procrastination is your enemy, especially when you stress easily. However, if you’re a perpetual procrastinator there is still hope for you. Accepting that you have a problem is the first step on any road to recovery. Wanting to change your procrastination habit is the next step.

Once you’ve accepted that you’re a procrastinator and you are willing to change, you can start making changes in your life. One of the changes that you can make is to stop thinking and just start doing it. If you’re stuck on writing a paper, just start writing. Even if what you are writing is complete gibberish, just plan on proofreading and editing it later. The hardest part is often just taking that first step.

Plan on taking breaks at appropriate times. Don’t be your own slave driver, give yourself breaks along the way to get up and walk around. The average human attention is 15 minutes. This means that working on a task for more than 15 minutes is a strenuous activity. Plan to take breaks every hour, but also plan to only let yourself be on break for five minutes.

Blocking out distractions will help in the long run. You may think you’re able to work with the TV on in the background, but you really can’t. Turning off all noise, and blocking out voices allows you to focus on your own internal voice. Being able to hear your own thought can help drive you to finish your task.


Lastly, embrace imperfection. Don’t be hard on yourself if you do procrastinate. Be patient with yourself and remember that old habits die hard. It’s extremely important to realize that because you procrastinate you might need to extend a deadline, or accept mistakes. Don’t forget that you are not alone in procrastination. Everyone procrastinates throughout their lives. It’s almost human nature to procrastinate.

What Happens When Someone Runs from the Police? The Penalties Get Much Worse

What Happens When Someone Runs from the Police? The Penalties Get Much Worse

What Happens When Someone Runs from the Police? The Penalties Get Much Worse

Just about everyone has witnessed a police chase on television before. This is especially true for Los Angeles residents where police pursuits happen nearly every day of the week. A lot of people get excited to see a police pursuit, and think it is fun to watch the fleeing person eventually get what is coming to them.

Evading the police is never a good idea. Chances are, they were trying to stop a person for a good reason, and their running away only made things worse. Now, on top of what they might have been charged with, they will also face additional charges that come with evading arrest. Evading officers can end up earning a person 2 additional charges.

California Penal Code 148(a)(1) makes it illegal for a person to resist, delay, or obstruct an arrest. If a person does this in anyway, they will be facing a misdemeanor charge. This comes with a maximum $1,000 dollar fine and at most one year in a county jail.

Vehicle Code 2800.1 is the second additional charge a person can face for fleeing the police. This charge is defined as a person using a vehicle to avoid a pursing police officer. This is a misdemeanor offense that can be punished with up to a one year jail sentence.

Lastly, there is Vehicle Code 2800.2. This law makes it a felony offense to drive recklessly while evading a police officer. Driving recklessly is classified as driving in a way that shows a serious disregard for the safety of others.

As a felony charge, this offense can come with a max fine of $10,000 and a prison sentence of one of the following:

  • 16 months
  • 2 years
  • 3 years

If a person evades the police, they will likely be charged with PC 148(a)(1) and either VC 2800.1 or VC 2800.2. Then, the charges are added onto whatever the police officer was originally going to charge them with. This all makes it so that a person should never try to evade police officers. Doing so can make things so much worse than what they would be if they had just talked to the officer.

A person’s best bet when facing an arrest is to simply let it happen. Always listen to officer instruction and when given the chance to call someone, make sure they know to contact Bail Bonds in Lynwood. Bail Bonds in Lynwood will help a person get out of jail legally, which means less trouble for them.


Bail Bonds in Lynwood can be contacted at any time of the day by calling 323-357-0575 or by clicking Chat With Us now.


Sun Kissed & Care Free

Sun Kissed & Care Free

Sun Kissed & Care Free

As a Californian, there are certain qualities that people expect us to have. Those qualities range from bubbly, social personalities to sun kissed, glowing skin. However, not everyone has naturally tan skin. We’re all unique in our personalities and physical attributes. We forget that not everyone’s body reacts the same way to things. Some paler skin tones can’t handle the sun at all, leaving people with extremely bad burns.

Skin cancer can be the result from over exposure of harmful rays. You may think that your just tanning for a little bit, but that little bit of sun exposure can do a lot of damage, especially when done frequently. Even if you’re using sunscreen, you may not be using strong enough protection. Skin cancer can affect anyone, but you increase your chance of getting it when you damage your skin cells by tanning. Tanning, whether by natural sunlight, or even tanning beds, can cause skin damage.

Tanning lotion, on the other hand, can be a great alternative to damaging your skin. There are all kinds of different lotions that you can buy and apply to get that sun kissed glow. However, tanning lotions all react differently to skin. While one tanning lotion may look great on your friend’s skin, it may turn out orange on yours. For the best results, follow directions carefully and test a patch out on your skin. If things don’t work out, don’t worry. All tanning lotions will eventually fade, and wash off.

Another route to achieve the perfect dewy glow is through spray tanning. Spray tanning works similar to tanning lotion, in that it is a layer of color on your skin. There are spray tan salons all over California where you can walk in pale, and come out sun kissed. There are also those daring individuals who attempt spraying tanning out of their home. Again, everyone’s skin reacts differently, so it’s best to do a test patch on a small part of your skin first before committing to a full-body look.


Being a Californian can be stressful when you try to live up to everyone else’s expectations. However just remember that another attribute of Californians is that we’re care free. If you don’t care about achieving the perfect golden tan this summer, don’t worry about it. If you want to be glowing gold from the California sun, try to achieve that look while being kind to your body. Harmful rays can harsh anyone’s vibes.


Don’t Get Scammed By Your Family, or Someone Who Claims to Be Family

Don’t Get Scammed By Your Family, or Someone Who Claims to Be Family

Don’t Get Scammed By Your Family, or Someone Who Claims to Be Family

Families are interesting. You do not always talk with every member of your family, but you still care about them. This is especially true when it comes to generational differences. In a lot of families, the grandkids don’t always have a good relationship with their grandparents. The age difference makes it difficult for the two groups to connect. However, this doesn’t mean either person doesn’t care about the other.

This is why, if a grandparent gets a call saying their grandchild has been arrested, they drop everything to help out. They will do whatever they can to help their younger family member, no matter the cost. Unfortunately, this is where problems can occur.

A common practice amongst thieves is to pretend to be someone and call a relative of that person to ask for bail help. They particularly like to target grandparents. The criminals will spin some sob story saying that they were arrested and don’t want the rest of the family to know about it. They will ask that money be wired to them in order to post bail. Once the money is sent this way, there is no getting it back.

Thanks to modern social media, these thieves can scout out their victims beforehand. They look at someone’s Facebook page to gather personal information, and then use what they found to pretend to be that person to a relative. This helps them sell the act convincingly to the grandparent.


The best way to avoid this kind of situation, is to ask a lot of questions. Try to ask questions that only your relative would know the answer to, and that wouldn’t be up on social media. Lastly, even if the person on the other end says not to, bring up the topic with family members who are closer to the relative who supposedly called you. They may tell you that the relative you are looking to bail out, is actually safe and sound at home.


Have You Noticed All of the Colors? The Spring Flowers Have Arrived in California

Have You Noticed All of the Colors? The Spring Flowers Have Arrived in California!

Have You Noticed All of the Colors? The Spring Flowers Have Arrived in California

With the Sun blessing California with its warm rays, it was only a matter of time before we started seeing colors grace the mountainsides. All the rain that we experience and all the muddy shoes we had to deal with have paid off. The first colors of spring have started to show with their bright greens, and more hues will soon follow. Spring brings out the flowers and when you know where to look, they can be truly enjoyed. There are several locations in California where you can go to look at the flowers.

Located in the Antelope Valley, there is a place called the Poppy Reserve. Every year the Poppy Reserve glows orange with the state flower. If you didn’t know, or forgot, California’s state flower is the California Poppy. Its orange satin flowers have a pansy look to them. The Poppy is a small flower that, when grown in large groupings, can make any mountainside glow like sunshine.

Bear Valley Wildflower Meadows is another location where you can be amazed by the spring flowers. Nestled by Yosemite National Park, Bear Valley is a sight to be held. Bear Valley is usually covered with snow in winter, but once the snow melts, the flowers come out. Bear Valley has endless fields of flowers like the Adobe Lily, California Poppy, and many more. The Adobe Lilly, also none as Fritillaria Pluriflora, looks like a smaller lily. They are commonly colored purple and stand out brilliantly against the orange of the poppies.

Finally another great location to soak in the glory of the spring flowers is at the Flower Fields of Gorman Hills. Gorman is located south of Bakersfield off of the 5 Freeway. It’s fairly close to the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve, so if you visit one, you can go to the other in the same day. The Flower Fields of Gorman Hills has poppies, but it also has Bentham Lupine. The lupine flowers grow in bushels and forms a spike with all the little flowers that towers over the other plants. They come in a wide variety of colors, adding to the enchantment of flowers.


Flowers are lovely and calming to look at. They grace the California hillsides every year and seem to disappear far too quickly. It’s just another reason why we’re so lucky to live in California. Grab the family and go flower-seeing this year. Just be prepared by bringing allergy medication, and watch out for bees.


The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Telecommuting to Work

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Telecommuting to Work

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Telecommuting to Work

Work is something that we all know we have to do, but really don’t want to do. No one says that they want to spend a third of their lives at work. That doesn’t sound fun. Spending time away from family, and missing out on family events can be hard. It can be so difficult for some individuals that they may try to look for a better job. They’ll search for a job that better fits their lifestyle. After all, we’re supposed to work to live, not live to work.

One of the things you should consider when looking for a job is the location. Driving to work can be draining, especially if you get stuck in traffic. You may want to consider telecommuting to work. For those unaware, telecommuting is when you don’t physically have to be at your job. You can simply log on to your computer and do your work at home.

Telecommuting has a lot of perks. You often don’t have any committed time frame, which means you are completely responsible for your time. You work when you want to. This gives you the ability to be flexible with your schedule. If a family emergency comes up, you can free up your availability. If you want, you can go to work in your pajamas every day. While this freedom is refreshing, it does comes with added responsibility.

Telecommuting is great, if you’re not a procrastinator. You need to be a self-motivated individual who makes time for work. While working from home you can easily become distracted with kids, cleaning, and sleeping. It can become difficult to concentrate on work. Plus, if you become frustrated with work, it stays at home. You can no longer escape from work to the sanctuary of your home. Work and home life become one when you telecommute.

When looking for work, you really need to pay attention to the location. Would you rather go the more traditional route and commute, or would you prefer the more modern method of working from home? Telecommuting isn’t for everyone because you need to be disciplined. If you know you are an avid procrastinator, then you may want to look for a more traditional job.


Work usually isn’t the highlight of our days. They say that if you do what you love, you’ll never have to work a day in your life. What they don’t tell you is that finding out what you love to do is the tricky part. Then getting a job doing what you love is even trickier. Telecommuting isn’t for everyone, but it is a good option for some.


Harmful Sun Rays

Harmful Sun Rays

Harmful Sun Rays

Warmer days are in the forecast and spring weather is here in California. It is time to get ready for the sunshine. Most Californians love the sunshine, and after all, sunshine is guaranteed to the masses by state law. For Californians, sunlight means beach days, hiking, pools, suntan lines, and fun times. Fun in sun is a highlight to the Californian lifestyle. However, we like it to be perfect, not too much, or not too little.

The sun is a friend to most of us. We need it in our lives or else we’d be stuck in a dark, frozen tundra. According to SkinCancer.org, a website geared towards informing the public about skin cancer, there are two types of rays that we need to worry about, UVA and UVB.

UVA rays are most common to us. UVA rays are less intense than UVB rays, which is good because UVA rays make up 95% of the UV rays we soak up. We’re exposed to UVA rays through sunlight, which makes our exposure to UVA ray more common. UVA rays can cause skin damage like wrinkles, sunspots, and other noticeable marks to the outermost layer of skin. According to SkinCancer.org, recent studies have found that UVA rays are thought to develop skin cancers.

UVB rays are our biggest problem. These rays cause us to burn, and our skin to redden. The problem with UVB rays have more penetrating power, which is how they damage more layers of skin than UVA rays. UVB are also directly related to the development of skin cancer. UVB ray get us when we least think about it. For example in higher altitudes or in snow landscapes the UVB rays will be intensified but we might not be aware of it. UVB rays are the strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., so plan your days accordingly.

Even through you may be think you can’t escape UVA and UVB rays, don’t give up hope. There are several recommended protective measures you can take.

These are a few things that you should be aware of when dealing with UV rays:

  • Protect yourself from UV radiation, both indoors and out.
  • Always seek the shade outdoors, especially between 10 AM and 4 PM.
  • Since UVA penetrates glass, consider adding flat, tinted UV-protective film to your car’s side and rear windows as well as to house and business windows. This film blocks up to 99.9 percent of UV radiation and lets in up to 80 percent of visible light.
  • Do not burn.
  • Avoid tanning and UV tanning booths.
  • Cover up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses.
  • Use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day. For extended outdoor activity, use a water-resistant, broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
  • Apply 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply every two hours, or immediately after swimming or excessive sweating.
  • Keep newborns out of the sun. Sunscreens should be used on babies over the age of six months.
  • Examine your skin head-to-toe every month.
  • See your physician every year for a professional skin exam.

Even through the weather is practically perfect in California, we still need to aware of the amount of UV exposure. Tanning on the beach, or in a tanning bed, may seem peaceful and ideal, but you’ll be subjecting yourself to a lot of UV rays. As Californians, we live for the sunshine, however we also need to live skin cancer free.

Taking the time out of your day to apply a daily sunscreen can allow you to live that Californian carefree lifestyle without the fear of getting skin cancer.