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Lytx Provides Drowsy Driving Prevention Strategies

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How to Prevent Drowsy Driving

Combat Fatigue With These Four Expert Tips provided by Lytx telematics company:

1. Get Enough Sleep

How much is enough sleep? The National Sleep Foundation has issued these recommendations by age. But each person is different. NASCAR driver Kurt Busch averages seven to eight hours. NBA player LeBron James sleeps 12 hours a night. NFL wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald gets nine hours, but likes to bump it up to 10 or 11 hours the night before a game. Professional drivers also need sufficient sleep to perform. Sleep specialist Dr. Meier H. Kryger sums it up by saying, “It is the amount of sleep that leaves you wide-awake, alert, in a great mood, and functioning at your best.”

2. Take a Nap

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recommends that commercial drivers take a 10- to 45-minute nap if they feel drowsy, then allow 15 minutes to fully wake up afterwards. Even if you don’t yet feel sleepy, a nap can help prevent fatigue later on. Also naps are more effective than caffeine.

3. Find Out Which Medications Can Induce Drowsiness

Many painkillers, muscle relaxants, antihistamines, antidepressants, blood pressure medications, and even cold medicines can make you feel drowsy. Find out which ones have the potential to make you feel tired and consult with your doctor for alternatives.

4. Practice Good “Sleep Hygiene”

Sleep researchers have come up with a list of conditions for a good night’s sleep. Here’s a list of good sleep habits from the Centers for Disease Control:

  • Be consistent with your sleep schedule
  • Keep your sleep area quiet, dark and relaxing
  • Avoid electronics with screens
  • Cut off caffeine earlier in the day
  • Don’t eat a big meal right before bedtime
  • Take a brisk walk, stretch or exercise during the day

Read the full article here: https://www.lytx.com/en-us/blog/strategies-for-reducing-drowsy-driving-risk

Monteca Police Issue 10 Tickets for Ignoring Buses

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Ignoring Buses Will Get You a Ticket: Monteca Police Department

Ten more drivers were slapped with $150 tickets by Manteca Police on Thursday for ignoring red flashing lights on Manteca Unified school buses.

It was the second day of school bus red light enforcement. The traffic officers on motorcycles and in patrol cars once again targeted different locations throughout the day – beginning at 7:30 a.m. and ending about 3:30 p.m. as the last of the school children were let off near their homes.

In the early morning hours officers handed out eight citations to motorists who drove right past the buses that had activated flashing red lights. They began once again on Lathrop Road where 15 were cited in the first hour Wednesday.  Later in the day they would add a few more citations to that number.

At 1:20 p.m. Thursday in the 1000 block of West Yosemite Avenue, a bus stopped and let off a group of students with all of them walking down the sidewalk and through the parking lot by Hafer’s Home Furnishings.  As another girl exited the bus and began to walk across the street past the rear of the bus, a white SUV  passed in front of her and then turned into a driveway. The driver missed seeing or maybe recognizing what the red lights meant.

The reaction of two Manteca Police patrol units was swift, however, as the driver turned to the left behind the bus and into the shopping center parking lot.  One of the officers stayed right behind the vehicle until he parked it in front of a series of small shops in the center where it was explained to him what he had done wrong through the use of an interpreter – and he signed the citation.

There was heavy traffic in the afternoon on Lathrop Road westbound approaching Airport Way with several oncoming buses caught in the snarl of cars and trucks.  Two black and white patrol units parked on the north side of the road adjacent to an almond orchard and two motorcycle officers sat on their motor units across the street.

Traffic continued to use the long middle left turn lane to approach Airport Way hoping to make a left-hand turn at the intersection.  One motor officer had a car stopped on the bridge to the west and the remaining officer apparently got tired of seeing traffic illegally use that long center left turn lane, finally giving chase and handing out a citation – noting the total number of tickets was probably down because motorists had learned how to contact and warn each other through social media links on their cell phones.

The bus drivers were well aware of the police activity and would give a friendly wave to officers as they drove past.

California state law requires drivers in both directions to stop whenever a school bus has activated its flashing red lights and stop signal arm.  Drivers must remain stopped until the flashing red lights are turned off.  Flashing yellow lights mean that motorists should slow their vehicles and prepare to stop.  If the school bus is on the other side of a divided roadway with two or more lanes in each direction, drivers do not need to stop.

Read full article here: https://www.mantecabulletin.com/news/local-news/mpd-issues-10-more-tickets-ignoring-buses/

LA Speed Limit Increase on 100 Miles of City Streets

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Los Angeles officials will consider raising speed limits on more than 100 miles of city streets, saying the changes are the only way to resolve a years-long problem that has prevented police officers from ticketing speeding drivers, it was reported this morning.

If the Los Angeles City Council approves the increases, speed limits would rise on some of the Southland’s most familiar thoroughfares, including San Vicente Boulevard through Mid-Wilshire and stretches of Reseda, Victory and Chandler boulevards in the San Fernando Valley, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The increases, introduced Wednesday, reflect a Catch-22 that city officials have faced for decades on dozens of miles of major streets: Raise the speed limit, or lose the ability to write most speeding tickets.

The dilemma stems from a decades-old California law designed to protect drivers from speed traps, which requires cities to post speed limits that reflect the natural speed of traffic. If a speed limit is too low, or if it is more than 7 years old, the police can’t use radar guns or other electronic devices to write speeding tickets there.

As recently as this summer, more than 200 miles of Los Angeles streets, including corridors that are among the deadliest for pedestrians and bicyclists, had expired limits and very little speed enforcement.

The Transportation Department’s proposal would raise the speed limit on 101.6 miles of streets and boost the share of streets where officers can write speeding tickets to 97.5 pecent, officials told The Times.

Nearly two-thirds of the street miles that would see higher speed limits are in the Valley, which has seen several waves of increases over the last decade on its broad, flat boulevards. Most Valley streets would see speeds rise to 40 mph and 45 mph.

The proposed increases follow the City Council’ decision last December to raise speed limits on 94 miles of streets, mainly in the Valley.

The city will also consider lowering speed limits on 11.5 miles of streets where traffic speeds have slowed, including a 2.1-mile stretch of Alvarado Street between Hoover Street and the 101 Freeway.

Read full article here: https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Transportation-Department-Proposes-increased-Speed-Limits–501572771.html

CHP Plans Greater Enforcement of Seat Belt Law

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For a detailed account of how to understand the CA seat belt law, we have you covered. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) and the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) are working together to focus on child safety through the California Restraint Safety Education and Training (CARSEAT II) campaign.

In addition to educational efforts, the CHP will be conducting enforcement operations concentrating on seat belt violations throughout the year with a special emphasis during the national “Click it or Ticket” campaign and National Child Passenger Safety Week.

“Making sure every child in your vehicle is buckled up in an appropriate car seat for their age and size is the easiest way to prevent serious injury or even death in the event of a crash,” said CHP Commissioner Warren Stanley said. “Drivers should set an example by always buckling up and requiring everyone in the vehicle to wear their seat belt, no matter how short the trip.”

California law requires a child be properly restrained in an appropriate child safety seat in the rear seat of a vehicle until they are at least eight years of age.

More information regarding child passenger safety, child safety seats and seat belt regulations is available at any local CHP area office.

The Bakersfield CHP office is located at 9855 Compagnoni St, Bakersfield, CA 93313.

Read about CA Vehicle Code 27315 vc or the full article here: https://www.turnto23.com/news/local-news/chp-partnering-with-agencies-to-launch-campaign-to-reduce-number-of-children-killed-in-collisions

California Court Suspending Drivers Licenses of Poor People?

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Civil rights lawyers have settled a lawsuit accusing the Los Angeles Superior Court of improperly ordering driver’s license suspensions for people who couldn’t afford to pay their traffic ticket fines, saying the court has agreed to notify drivers that they can ask a judge to evaluate their ability to pay.

“Courts were required by law to look at a person’s ability to pay a fine before ordering the suspension of a driver’s license,” said Antionette Dozier, an attorney with the Western Center on Law and Poverty, in a statement. “In Los Angeles, they didn’t follow the law.”

Civil rights attorneys settle lawsuit accusing court of improperly suspending poor people’s driver’s licenses

The court did not admit wrongdoing in the settlement agreement. An attorney representing the court could not immediately be reached for comment.

The lawsuit centered around Gloria Mata Alvarado, who was hit with a $712 fine for not wearing her seat belt while in the car with her husband. According to the suit, Alvarado and her husband are disabled and living on fixed retirement and disability payments of $1,514 a month. When she explained her situation in court, the judge reduced the fine to $600, the suit said.

“Tens of thousands of people, primarily poor African American and Latino residents, illegally lost their right to drive,” said Lisa James, an organizer with the human rights group All of Us or None. “That meant they were prevented from fully living their lives, leading to lost jobs, missed doctor’s appointments, and other personal and family difficulties.”

Since the lawsuit was filed in 2016, the court has agreed to notify people cited for traffic violations — in writing — of their right to demonstrate their inability to pay a fine, according to the settlement. The court will also train employees on the ability-to-pay process and provide data to civil rights attorneys who will monitor compliance for a year.

“This settlement is a victory for low-income Los Angeles residents, who have been facing skyrocketing costs of living in recent years,” Devon Porter, an attorney with the ACLU of Southern California, said in a statement. “Now, courts are required to provide an accessible process for people to get traffic tickets reduced based on financial hardship.”

Last year, Gov. Jerry Brown approved legislation that prevents courts from suspending someone’s driver’s license simply because of unpaid fines.

What is the California Car Seat Law?

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Understanding the California Car Seat Law

If you have a child, or find yourself driving with one in the car, it is crucial you understand the California child car seat laws. If not for the safety of the youth, do it for your wallet in regarding the avoidance of costly tickets. The bottom line: Educating yourself in car seat safety is a wise investment of your time.

Car Seats, Booster Seats, and Harnesses

The law differs between car seats, booster seats, and harnesses. The first seat a child will use in a vehicle is a basic harness. They are the safest form of protection for children in cars. Next comes the booster seat, the most common car seat used for children. There is no law regarding the graduation from a basic harness to a booster seat. This is up to the driver’s digression. With every seat “upgrade,” there is a subtraction in the amount of protection for your child. A forward-facing harness can usually be replaced by a booster seat when a child weighs between 40 and 65 pounds. Refer to the individual seat manual for further information.

Once your child is too old for the booster seat, be sure they are using their seatbelt correctly. Although it is not written in the law, it is imperative to practice safe restraint technique when securing the young passenger. When your child is sitting up straight, be sure the lap belt sits low on their hips, and covers the top of their thighs. The shoulder strap should cover the mid-shoulder and the middle of the chest. Your child may sit in the front seat, but keep in mind, the back is usually safer.

What is the Law?

There are various booster seat law regulations for children. These differences are centered around the age of your child. If your child is under the age of 2, then they must sit in a rear-facing car seat. An exception to this is the “40-rule.” If your child weighs more than 40 pounds, or is more than 40 inches tall, then a rear-facing car seat is not required. California Vehicle Code Section 27360 explains that your child should be secured with compliance to the car seat manufacturer’s instructed weight limits.

If your child is younger than eight, then they must stay in a back-seat booster seat or car seat. If your child is either older than 8, or taller than 4’9”, an ordinary seatbelt is satisfactory. They are also allowed to use a booster seat, as well. Keep in mind, passengers over the age of 16 cannot ride in any type of car seat, they are required to wear a standard seat belt by law.

In order to avoid a traffic stop for child passenger safety, check out additional resources at the California Office of Traffic Safety: DPS.gov

What if I Receive a Car Seat Ticket?

The first offense of any child passenger violation will cost you $475, while a second offense will negate a hefty $1,055. Whoever is driving will get the ticket, regardless if it is the parent. If a non-parent is driving the car, but the actual parent is also a passenger, the parent will be cited. This person could be required to take a course in installation and usage of child car seats.

Have you already been stopped and cited for a child car seat safety ticket? Don’t fret, there are services that can reduce your ticket, or eliminate it altogether. TicketBust is a system that fights traffic tickets, including child car seat citations. The service has a history of winning court cases, effectively saving its clients’ money and a clean record. While it is preferred you don’t receive one of these tickets in the first place, take advantage of this fantastic program if you find yourself with a citation!

Uber Testing Traffic Estimates With Some Customers

Uber, a ridesharing company, has started testing traffic estimates for its Android riders during the past few months and has recently expanded it to its iOS users, according to reports.

The feature has been live for all of Uber’s drivers and provides indicators of congestion based on the company’s own traffic information, which it culls from historic trip data on roughly 10 billion rides, coupled with real-time data from drivers’ phones. Traffic condition bars appear on the route map before a user hails a ride and could make them more tolerant of longer ETAs.

It could also stop riders from checking competing apps to see who will pick them up sooner. The traffic estimates could also prompt users to go with a non-car choice, such as an electric bike. Users could also purchase a public transportation ticket via the Uber app, thanks to new partnerships. Those type of rides are cheaper and require less labor for Uber.

The feature will remain in test mode until Uber ascertains if traffic estimates are helpful to customers. Currently, the feature works with unshared UberX, Black, XL, SUV and Taxi routes, but the long-term vision is to tell users the cheapest and quickest way to get somewhere — traffic estimates are important part of that.

Outside of this testing, Uber is facing a lawsuit that claims the ride-hailing company is misclassifying drivers in California as independent contractors in order to save money. According to a report in Bloomberg last week, the complaint alleges that Uber is able to avoid paying $9.07 an hour in expenses and benefits to drivers that they would get if they were treated as employees. The misclassification amounts to about $500 million. The lawsuit contends that Uber uses illegal labor savings to price the rides under what they actually cost so it can steal customers from rivals that treat drivers as employees.

Original article featured here: https://www.pymnts.com/news/payment-methods/2018/stripe-terminal-in-store-payments-retail-pos/

Distracted Driving: Are California drivers obsessed with selfies?

At any moment during the day over half a million drivers are fiddling with a cell phone from behind the wheel, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.  Chatting, texting, or playing games while driving is risky behavior for sure; but this new trend may be even worse.  According to a new study by Auto Insurance Center, in California drivers take way more selfies than drivers in any other state. – blog submitted by ticketbust.com, helping drivers fight their traffic tickets. 

If you get cited for a Red Light, Speeding, Red Light Photo/Camera, Cell Phone, or Other Traffic Ticket, visit us on the web at www.ticketbust.com or call (800) 850-8038.

This blog was written to provide information related to traffic tickets in California, is based on opinion only, is not legal advice, and is for informational purposes only.

Texting not the only distracted driving danger: Mobile games quickly taking over

Texting not the only distracted driving danger: Mobile games quickly taking over.blog submitted by ticketbust.com, helping drivers contest and dismiss their traffic tickets.

Texting isn’t the only distracted driving danger.

Safety advocates are also concerned about drivers being addicted to their mobile games and playing while behind the wheel. Just recently, a driver reportedly crashed into a parked patrol car while playing Pokemon GO.

Whether it’s looking at a phone, playing a game, or even eating behind the wheel, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says distracted driving accounts for thousands of injuries each day. –  blog submitted by ticketbust.com, helping drivers fight their traffic tickets. 

If you get cited for a Red Light, Speeding, Red Light Photo/Camera, Cell Phone, or Other Traffic Ticket, visit us on the web at www.ticketbust.com or call (800) 850-8038.

This blog was written to provide information related to traffic tickets in California, is based on opinion only, is not legal advice, and is for informational purposes only.

License plate violators beware this new law will make it easier for officers to ticket

License plate violators beware this new law will make it easier for officers to ticket.blog submitted by ticketbust.com, helping drivers contest and dismiss their traffic tickets.  Gone are the days where paper plates could be left on indefinitely to keep that new car vibe going. Gov. Brown just signed bill AB-516 into law which will require California car dealers to assign temporary license plates to newly purchased vehicles. Expiration dates will make it so police can tell if you’ve driven around without plates for too long.  And unique report-of-sale numbers will prevent toll evaders or red light violators from slipping through the cracks where there is camera enforcement. This new legislation will go into effect January 1, 2019. –  blog submitted by ticketbust.com, helping drivers fight their traffic tickets. 

If you get cited for a Red Light, Speeding, Red Light Photo/Camera, Cell Phone, or Other Traffic Ticket, visit us on the web at www.ticketbust.com or call (800) 850-8038.

This blog was written to provide information related to traffic tickets in California, is based on opinion only, is not legal advice, and is for informational purposes only.