3 Suggestions For Avoiding a DUI This Holiday Season

3 Suggestions For Avoiding a DUI This Holiday Season

Once again, the holiday season is upon us. Thanksgiving is right around the corner, with Christmas and New Years soon following. The holidays are a time to reflect, rejoice and celebrate. Often times, holiday celebration comes in the form of a few drinks with friends and family. Whether you’re enjoying a beer with the Thanksgiving football game, a cup of eggnog by the fireplace or a glass of wine with Christmas dinner, there are a few matters to keep in mind.

First and foremost, driving under the influence and driving while intoxicated are very serious crimes that can have a indelible effect on your life. Simply having a few drinks could lead to death, destruction, embarrassment and loss of privileges. It is important to have a plan when it relates to alcohol consumption, especially around the holidays. Here are three suggestions for avoiding a DUI this holiday season.

1. Always have a designated driver.                  

This piece of advice has been recited ad nauseum, and for good reason. Having a designated driver is the cheapest, most convenient way of ensuring safe transportation to and from a party. If you have a friend or family member who doesn’t drink, you can simply ask them if they could take you home. Make sure to make the trip worth their while. If you have a group of close friends or family who are all known for enjoying a holiday libation here and there, you can take turns staying sober and being the designated driver.

2. Make sure to have the phone numbers of several taxi services.

As easy as getting a designated driver might sound, there are always those special events where sobriety is more difficult than usual. Some gathering that come to mind are office Christmas parties and New Years parties. It is …

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3 Things Your Privacy Policy Should Have

3 Things Your Privacy Policy Should Have

In my last post I discussed why I think virtually every small biz website should have a privacy policy. This time, I’d like to discuss three things every policy should have, which I commonly find to be missing.

First, a quick run-down of the basic purpose for a privacy policy is in order. Privacy policies basically fulfill two functions. They: 1) tell visitors what information you collect from them (whether the collection is overt, such as through an email opt-in, or covert, such as through tracking cookies); and 2) what you will and will not do with the information.

Now on to the three things every policy should have (but often don’t):

A Notice About Tracking Cookie Usage. If you use third-party analytics or ad serving, then it is virtually guaranteed that your site places tracking cookies on your visitors’ computers. If you have any sort of “sign-in” functionality to your site, chances are session cookies are also utilized keep users logged in, for security, or to make log-in easier. Your privacy policy should disclose your cookie usage, how information collected is used, and what cookies are controlled by third-parties. When appropriate, reference the privacy policies of these third-party cookie using providers so your visitors know what they do with information collected.

COPPA Notice. Whether or not your site is oriented toward collecting information from children under 13 years of age, you should be referencing the Children’s On-Line Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”) in your privacy policy. On one hand, if your site either expressly collects information children under 13 or can be seen as attractive to children under 13 (think cartoon characters, child-oriented language, toys, etc) then you MUST make sure your privacy policy complies with COPPA. On the other hand, if your site clearly doesn’t market to or collect …

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Do You Need a DUI Lawyer?

Do You Need a DUI Lawyer?

In the United States, each state has their own laws when it comes to drinking and driving. In spite of this, the number of drunk driving cases continues to double each year over the past couple of years. This only shows that people are not aware or do not consider driving drunk or driving under the influence as a very dangerous and even fatal movement, not only for the driver and passengers but also for other drivers and pedestrians.

Knowing and understanding the laws and the circumstances surrounding driving under the influence could come in handy especially if you get involved in a DUI case. Punishments for DUI cases vary depending on the kind and degree of the case. Aside from this, a number of aggravating factors may affect the sentence to be given to you. To cite an example, it exacerbates your case when you are caught driving while intoxicated with a child below 16 years of age inside the vehicle. You not only put yourself in danger but you also endanger the lives of children. Another good example of an aggravating factor is being arrested for a DUI violation or a DWI violation more than once over a ten year period. Lastly, your case could also go from bad to worse if the amount of alcohol content in your blood when you got arrested is more than.20, the acceptable alcohol content limit. Aside from the mentioned examples, there are plenty of other aggravating circumstances that have been continuously changing over the years.

Considering these aggravating factors, the punishment you will face can be different. Penalties can range from the payment of simple fines and community services to the suspension of your driver’s license and imprisonment. There are some cases where violators get a combination of penalties. Everything will …

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Can I Sue a Bar For Serving a Drunk Driver in Pennsylvania?

Can I Sue a Bar For Serving a Drunk Driver in Pennsylvania?

Under Pennsylvania Law, The Dram Shop Law, 47 P.S. Sections 4-493.1 state that any business “violates the law to sell, give, or provide liquor or drinks that are tampered with or brewed, or to allow alcoholic or brewed or alcoholic beverages to be sold, supplemented or given to people who appear drunk “Button.

Furthermore, the Statute Law and the Case Law require that serving people who appear to be drunk must be the cause of injury or damage. “Cause” successfully suing the bar means there must be a causal relationship between the presentation of the drunk driver and the cause of the injury. For example, where a bar serves someone who looks drunk then the person gets into his car and the rear ends 10 minutes later, there is a possible “cause” of damage to be able to sue the bar in a civil case and recover. The further in time to when the injury occurs, makes proof of cause to sue a bar less likely or clear. It need not be the only cause, but “a” cause that without it, would render the injury/damages less likely to occur.

So, in a situation where a person leaves a bar, then causes injury to himself or another person, the bar can be found responsible for civil damages. The damages can include: bodily injury, pain and suffering, wage loss, medical bills, consortium claim of a spouse, loss of life’s enjoyment, future lost earnings.

The key question about whether you can successfully sue the bar for serving a drunk driver, is being able to prove that the bar served the drunk driver while he was visibly intoxicated. This can be proven by direct evidence such as eyewitnesses at the bar (for example: other patrons, persons who the drunk driver was with, the bar …

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Culture and Tradition in Marriage – The Wonderful Options of Ceremony

Culture and Tradition in Marriage - The Wonderful Options of Ceremony

Race is something to be celebrated and luxuriated in. One of the loveliest things about living in Australia is the rich blend of so many different cultures, all of which can enhance our society. There’s the potential for maintaining a very traditional cultural approach, which is resistant to blend because of its maintaining the traditions; there’s the potential for mingling to come up with something which is a bit like a many-culture stew; there’s any range between those two.

The option of racial and cultural elements

The Marriage Celebrant can check with both bride and groom about what their cultural background is – demonstrating appreciation of the many different beauties people can display. Bridal couples have some wonderful options about incorporating elements from their racial traditions into the ceremony – if they want.

The only “must have” elements in a civil marriage ceremony are the minimum legal words spoken by them and spoken by the Marriage Celebrant, and the signing of the register witnessed by the Celebrant and two witnesses over 18. The bride and groom are free to use western traditions, eastern traditions, traditions from Africa, aboriginal traditions, Polynesian traditions, whatever they wish.

European and non-European aspects

European traditions are a rich treasure source for weddings, and so are non-European traditions. The couple have full control over the decision-making, bar the legal requirements. The Marriage Celebrant should be happy to research any theme or culture the couple want to use in their wedding ceremony, and present that information to them so that they can approve or edit any theme and custom for their wedding.

The exchange of rings is a very significant European tradition, as is the wearing of a white wedding gown. French weddings incorporate use of the colour “white” even further.

A tradition which often causes laughter …

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