Jaywalking Is A Crime

Jaywalking Is A Crime

While we do it every day without a second thought, driving can actually be quite dangerous. One small surprise is all it takes to cause an accident with disastrous results. That is why there are so many laws that relate to driving to try to keep drivers and pedestrians safe.

This is the main reason for California having laws against jaywalking.

Here in California, Jaywalking is defined as a pedestrian crossing a street or roadway in a reckless manner without using a crosswalk or crossing signal.

Crossing a street in undesignated areas is an easy way to cause an accident. Crosswalks are typically located at intersections so that the flow of traffic can be altered to allow for the safe crossing of pedestrians. When a pedestrian jaywalks, he or she is often doing so in an area where cars are moving at high rates of speed.

In areas where there are no crosswalks, drivers are not expecting to encounter pedestrians. Chances are, they will not have enough time to react when they see a jaywalker. This could lead to the pedestrian being struck, and either injured or killed. This is why it is safer to cross at designated crosswalks, and only the signal allows it. No one wants to step in front of moving traffic.

Contrary to popular belief, there are consequences for getting caught jaywalking.

California laws states that jaywalking is an infraction and accused individuals could face a fine up to $191. On top of this, local authorities are allowed add harsher fines and consequences if they desire.

Ultimately, the costs of jaywalking are far too high. A person runs the risk of getting in trouble with local authorities, or causing an accident.

Cyberbullying Is A Crime In California

Cyberbullying Is A Crime In California

In California, cyberbullying is a crime that is defined by a victim being specifically targeted, harassed, annoyed, or intimidated through electronic communications such as text messages or through social media. Cyberbullying is taken seriously, whether it was a joke or not, because the situation can end with serious consequences.

Two common types of cyberbullying. One is when the bully wants to threaten their victim and cause them to fear for their safety or the safety of their loved ones. The other is when the bully teases their victim with the intent to embarrass them and bring them shame. These are misdemeanor crimes in California and can be punished with up to 1 year in jail or a fine of up to $1,000.

Cyberbullying is particularly evident among students and schools are supposed to take the matters seriously. In fact, all schools have anti-bullying policies in place, as well as procedures to prevent and address this type of misconduct.

In the most unfortunate and saddening incidences, the bullied victim takes their own life or they attack their abusers, and/or other innocent individuals by bringing a weapon to school.

Social media sites are common places for cyberbullying to take place due to how popular they are. These kinds of sites can reach many people. Just like schools have anti-bullying policies in place, social media networks also have certain anti-bullying policies as well. In addition, they monitor the content that is posted online so they can catch inappropriate content, such as threats, and report it.

Winterizing Your Home

Winterizing Your Home

Winter is around the corner, and this is the best time to start preparing your house for the cold. After all, many places in California are already starting to feel the effects of winter. You do not want to wait until it is too cold to do anything or until something breaks due to the cold. You need to prepare, and now is the time to do it.

Here are a few things you should do around the house before things get too cold:

  • Insulate pipes. Whether the pipe in your yard or under you house, you should make sure that it is properly insulated. Water expands when it freezes. If it freezes in a pipe, it can break the pipe and cause a damaging leak.
  • Fill any gaps in your exterior walls. Gaps in the outside walls of your house let cold air in, and they can also serve as an entrance to any unwelcome creatures seeking shelter from the cold. You can get some expansion foam to fill these gaps. Just spray a little in and watch it expand to fill the hole.
  • Check the weather stripping around sliding doors. These can wear down over time, which will allow cold air inside. This can be easily prevented by purchasing replacement weather stripping. Most replacement strips have adhesive tape on the back, so all the homeowner has to do is pull off the old weather stripping and stick on the new one.
  • Switch your ceiling fan directions. Most people do not realize that their ceiling fans have a winter setting. This simply reverses the direction the fan spins so that it will push the warm air that rose to the ceiling down along the walls.
  • Check your smoke detectors. This one doesn’t necessarily go with winterizing, but it is important nonetheless. Check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they are still working properly.

These are just a few tips to help keep your home safe and warm this winter season.

What To Do In An Active Shooter Situation

What To Do In An Active Shooter Situation

We have all seen the horrible stories on the news where some lunatic with a gun decides to attack dozens of innocent people. Sadly, this happens far too often. It is in the back of many people’s minds when they go out to special events. Due to this fact, it is important for everyone to know what to do in the event that an active shooter targets an event.

A person should always be aware of the exits in a room or building. You want to have a plan on how to escape if something does actually happen. You do not want to get stuck trying to find an exit, or worse, get stuck at an exit.

Another thing to consider, is that rules stop applying during an active shooter event. A person does not have to leave a building the same way they entered. If you are in a mall or an arena when an active shooter event occurs, there are other ways out than the ones you used to get in.

In a mall, it is recommended that you run into the nearest store and locate the door in the back marked employees only or something similar. Go through that door. There should be another that will lead you to a concrete hallway or loading dock. Follow the hallway and find a way out. Chances are, the shooter will not go through this hallway, since they are looking to do a lot of damage, which takes place at the main section of the mall and at its primary exits.

In a sporting arena, try to find a door that is marked for players or talent only. There is a private exit for talent and staff to use to avoid the crowds of fans. Normally this exit is only for authorized people, but in an active shooter situation, that authorization no longer matters.

During these kinds of situation, the shooter is looking to harm as many people as possible. This is easy to do when everyone rushes for the exits at once. This creates a bottleneck and gives the shooter a lot of targets. It is best to avoid those kinds of situations if possible. Looking for another way out could save a person’s life.

8 Commonly Misused Words

8 Commonly Misused Words

The English language has thousands and thousands of words within it. This is why it can take native English speakers years to even come close to mastering it. Due to this fact, there are several words within this language of ours that are misused on a daily basis. Some words have been misused for so long, that the wrong meaning has now become their actual meaning.


  1. Bemused: Many people think that a bemused person is someone who is amused, when in fact, it means that the person is confused.
  2. Compelled: When a person is compelled to do something, many would assume the person simply feels like they should do that thing. However, it really means that the person is being forced to do something.
  3. Enormity: Some people, including past presidents, think that enormity means something really big, but it does not. It really means a great or extreme evil.
  4. Ironic: This is one that many people mess up. They think that something is ironic when it is a funny coincidence, but when something is truly ironic, it is something that was the opposite of what the person expected.
  5. Literally: This word gets misused all of the time. Often times, when it is used, people are better off using figuratively. When something literally happens, it means that something actually happened as it was stated.
  6. Nauseous: This means to cause nausea, so when a person says they feel nauseous, they are actually saying that they fell like they cause other people to be sick. What they mean to say is that they feel nauseated.
  7. Peruse: Many people think that this means to skim over something, but it actually means to thoroughly look through and review.
  8. Redundant: If something is redundant, many people think that this means the thing is repetitive, which is wrong. If something is redundant, it is something that is unnecessary and can be removed.

For some of these words, it can be easy to see how the wrong use came about. Take redundant, for instance, some things that are repetitive could also be considered redundant. Luckily, for everyone’s egos, most people are not alone in making these kinds of mistakes with the English language.

Nobody Likes Sexual Harassment

Nobody Likes Sexual Harassment

Sadly everyone has experienced some form of harassment at some point in their lives. There are several forms of harassment out there, and none of them are very pleasant. One of the worst kinds of harassment, is sexual harassment.

Sexual harassment is bullying of a sexual nature or inappropriate sexual advances with the promise of rewards in the workplace. Sexual harassment is not just bad because it is harassment, it is also illegal. It is illegal to harass any person based on their sex.

When it comes to harassment at work, employers are supposed to provide safe working environment for their employees. This does not simply mean a physically safe environment. A safe work environment also means protecting employees from all types of harassment, especially sexual harassment.

Nobody wants to face any sort of harassment, especially in a place where they have to be, such as work. Sexual harassment can so many different things, from being mocked for the person’s gender or a person not getting a promotion due to their lack of desire to sleep with the employer.

If a person ever feels like they are feeling sexually harassed, they need to talk to their boss or someone in human resources. Employers are legally obligated to create safe work environment for their employees. Failing to do so can get them into serious legal trouble.

Littering Is Still A Crime

Littering Is Still A Crime

Many people dismiss littering as no big deal. After all, what does it matter if you throw one disposable cup out of your car window while driving? Well, aside from the fact that no one likes to look at garbage, it is never just one person who thinks like that.

Thousands of people think that very thought every day, and then follow through with it. That is why so many of California’s roadways are covered in garbage. This is why there laws against littering. The laws and penalties vary from county to county.

Someone convicted of littering can face a combination of the following:

  • Fines up to $1,000
  • Community service
  • Jail time

These punishments might seem extreme for what people would classify as a small crime, but it is still a crime after all. These tougher punishments are to remind people that littering is, in fact, a crime.

If everyone littered every single day, then we would all be wading through trash. So, help keep our golden state of California clean and avoid any fines or jail time by disposing of your trash responsibly.

Distracted Driving In California

Distracted Driving In California

In California, it is illegal to drive while distracted.

This of course, means no talking or texting on a cell phone while driving. What many people fail to realize is that this applies to so much more than distractions caused by a cell phone.

This law also applies to people who are applying makeup or eating while driving. Basically, doing anything that takes even a portion of the driver’s attention away from driving could be considered distracted driving.

Getting caught for distracted driving can earn the driver a ticket costing anywhere from $450 to $1,000. This may seem like a pretty steep price for eating while driving, but it is meant to remind people of how important it is to remain focused while driving. One slip up while driving is all it takes to completely ruin someone’s life.

An accident can severely hurt, or even kill, yourself or someone else. Nobody wants that, which is why there are laws against distracted driving. Some of the more important ones are:

  • Drivers over the age of 18 must use hands free methods to make calls while driving.
  • Drivers under the age of 18 cannot use any handheld devices while driving, even with hands-free technology.
  • No texting while driving.

Remember, using a cellphone while driving can be dangerous. That call or text can wait until you have made it to your destination safely. If you have to put make-up or eat something, it is best to just pull over. Remember, safety first.

Vandalism In California

Vandalism In California

Many people know what vandalism is. We hear about it, and see it, all of the time. Vandalism is taken very seriously in California.

Getting caught vandalizing someone’s property can land a person in jail with hefty fines.

While many people think they know what constitutes as vandalism, there are a few acts which fall into that category that people are unaware of.

Vandalism is the classified as the act of maliciously destroying or damaging someone else’s property.

Here is a quick list of acts that qualify as vandalism in the state of California:

  • Writing or painting on something that does not belong to you. This can even include writing your name in the wet cement of a city sidewalk.
  • Damaging a piece of property such as a window on a house or car. This can include breaking something of your significant other’s while fighting.
  • Destroying something beyond the point of repair.

If a person does one of these 3 things, he or she has committed an act of vandalism. If caught by law enforcement, this person can face a fine and possible jail time. The severity of the punishment often depends on how much damage was caused by the act. If the damage amounts to less than $400, then the crime is considered a misdemeanor. The accused person could face, at max, 1 year in jail and a fine of no more than $1,000.

If the damage total is greater than $400, the accused could face anywhere from 1 to 3 years in prison. On top of that, they could face a fine of $10,000 or more. The size of the fine will vary based on how bad the damage is.

Legality Of Recording & Posting Crimes Online

Legality Of Recording & Posting Crimes Online

It is one thing for a bystander to record an incident where a police officer is interacting, physically or peacefully, with another civilian, but it is another thing when a bystander records an incident where one or more other civilians are getting physical with another victim, and there are no authority figures in sight. In the first scenario, there is someone who is supposed to be supporting the law, and coming down on someone who just broke it. In the second scenario, there is someone who is committing a crime against another helpless individual, with no law enforcement anywhere to be seen, so the physicality against the victim can continue.

This raises the question as to whether the bystander in the second scenario should be punished for recording the crime, and possibly posting it on social media, while doing nothing to stop it and prevent the victim from getting injured or worse.

Early this year in Florida, a group of teenagers looked onto a pond where they saw a man struggling to stay afloat. They recorded the man and in the footage, the teens are heard laughing and joking at him. The man drowned and died as the teens watched. Although people in Florida are not legally obligated to render aid or call for help if they know a person is in distress, the police have decided to file misdemeanor charges against the teens for failing to report a death.

In December last year, a California teenager was severely sucker punched by a man he did not even know. The man and his girlfriend conspired to record it and post it online. The man is facing criminal charges but the girlfriend is not, and lawmakers are rallying to try and change this with a bill introduced as Jordan’s Law.

Jordan’s Law will criminalize those who conspire with the attacker to record a violent crime.

Although the girlfriend is not a bystander in this scenario because she was in on the crime to begin with, she still did not get punished. Like with Florida, true bystanders in California do not have a legal obligation to report a crime if they are aware of it, nor are they legally obligated to intervene. It could be dangerous to do so.

Posting crimes like this on social media can be harmful for the victim of the video because it can bring them more humiliation and distress. Morally, it is an unkind thing to do, but legally, it is a gray area that lawmakers and law enforcement must try and figure out, so when similar incidents arise in the future, they can better pursue their case.