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Traffic Issues in Marin County

On Monday, the 16th of April, 2018, an incident was reported at around 9:50 a.m. of a car having driven off the freeway in Marin County. The incident happened on southbound Highway 101, not too far from Lucas Valley Road. California Highway Patrol logged the incident and the report stated that a green Ford Ranger had driven off the highway and drivers should expect delays en route. Another crash was reported on Highway 101 in Marin County on the 20thof June this year. Two vehicles crashed and blocked traffic on a Wednesday morning at around 8:50 a.m. Commuters experienced delays on southbound Highway101. Prior to these two accidents, an individual was killed in a hit and run case on the 26th of March at around 10 p.m. This accident happened on the southbound lane of Highway 101, close to the exit for Tiburon Boulevard.

Marin County and especially Highway 101 have been dealing with various kinds of traffic issues and these are serious accidents that should lead to some action. Marin County has been steadily becoming a nightmare for commuters. While the number of accidents is not yet alarming, the sheer time taken to commute to and from San Francisco has become painstaking and perhaps it is influencing speeding and other forms of reckless driving, thereby causing some of these accidents.

According to the data made available by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, average commute times to San Francisco from Belvedere is over forty minutes, from San Anselmo is over thirty five minutes,from Corte Madera is over thirty three minutes, from Sausalito and Ross is over thirty two minutes, from Fairfax, Novato, Tiburon and Mill Valley is over thirty one minutes, from Larkspur is over twenty nine minutes and San Rafael is over twenty eight minutes. These commute times pertain to those who are driving solo or pooling. People taking transit are spending around twenty more minutes at the least. Taking transit from Belvedere for instance would take an hour for anyone to reach San Francisco.

 Residents of Marin County are spending a good two to three minutes more on commutes compared to most places in the Bay Area. This may not sound to be worrisome for a few but the deterioration in traffic conditions has been stark if you consider the increase in the average time of commuting to and from San Francisco in the last seven years. Circa 2011, residents in Marin County took less than twenty seven minutes on an average. This has gone up to more than thirty two minutes now. Most residents are spending a good ten to twenty minutes more on their daily commutes and there is no major plan of action in store or in effect right now to improve the scenario.

 The accidents and the traffic issues in Marin County must be highlighted and adequate actions should be taken by the local authorities. The number of vehicles plying on the streets would only increase with an expansion of the population in the Bay Area. The civic infrastructure ought to be prepared for such obvious changes.

Fans of the Oakland Athletics can buy a beer from their seat

Fans of the Oakland Athletics can buy a beer from their seat for the first time in 30 years

According to information coming out of Alameda County, visitors to Oakland Athletics games at The Coliseum are going to be able to order beers directly from their seat – something that hasn’t been possible in over 32 years.

This is all part of the Athletics celebrating their 50thanniversary, finding ways to “roll back the clock” and enjoy some of the more traditional aspects of America’s pastime. The Athletics have been enjoying a wonderful season as far as the standings are concerned (and look like a lock for the playoffs for the first time in a long time), but they’ve also been making a lot of noise nationally for all of the 50th anniversary celebration they have been putting on throughout the season.

Retro uniforms, throwback concessions (including concession prices), and even the return of a mechanical rabbit have all been part of the festivities.

But this is the very first time in 32 years that fans over the age of 21 are going to be able to purchase beers without having to get up from their seat.

Beer vendors (quite popular at other stadiums all around the MLB) typically walk the aisles of baseball parks throughout the spring, summer,and into the fall, making sure that visitors to the park that don’t want to miss out on a second of the action can order a beer directly from their seat.

However, the last time this was possible in Alameda County was in 1986 at the old Candlestick Park. The San Francisco Giants where the last team to make these kinds of purchases possible, though the policy changed after the California Highway Patrol was able to successfully convince teams throughout the state to limit sales only to concession stands in an effort to curb drunk driving instances.

The Athletics are doubling down on advertisements throughout the park to encourage ALL of their visitors that choose to drink and enjoy the game take advantage of ridesharing services, taxi services, public transportation, or the Designated Driver Program that the Athletics have put in place as well.

All of these new changes are possible after a handful of changes were made to the way that liquor licenses are handed out by the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. More than 40 different vendors are going to be patrolling the stands of The Coliseum, offering domestic beverages for nine dollars a pop.

The Athletics aren’t the only team to get in on the action,either. In fact, they are second on the list as the San Diego Padres became the first team in California to start selling beer in the stands on May 28 of 2018.

Fans of the Athletics are already talking about how positive a change this is, especially with the team enjoying so much success on the field. It will be nice for responsible adults to be able to enjoy a beer without having to get up and go to the concession stand, never risking the chance at missing some of the great baseball happening for the Athletics right now.

The truth about a DUI and cold medicine

If you have been told in the past that it is in fact possible to receive a DUI charge and arrest just because you drank a little bit of cold medicine before sliding behind the wheel of your vehicle, but you just can’t get your head around it being true, you are nowhere near alone.

It IS in fact possible to receive a “driving under the influence” (DUI) charge and arrest just because of the cough medicine that you may have taken before you decided to drive your vehicle. It sounds crazy, but we are going to spend a little bit of time breaking down the details for you and illustrating why you need to be as careful as you can be going forward.

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The charge is “Driving Under the Influence”

DUI charges stands for those that are driving while under the influence of “something” – and that something has a definition that is pretty broad. Sometimes the definition includes alcohol, but many times it includes all kinds of other substances that can lead to impairment when it’s time for you to drive your vehicle.

According to Marin County DUI Lawyer Michael Rehm, we are talking about over-the-counter and prescription medicines (like cough medicine), recreational drugs and hard substances, and a number of other chemicals and all natural elements that would potentially and allegedly impair your judgment and lessen your ability to react while you are controlling a vehicle on the road.

The legality of the substance that you take doesn’t matter with a DUI

Though there is no law that explicitly states that you aren’t able to drive your vehicle after you have consumed cough syrup or cough medicine, the “umbrella charge” of driving under the influence may be applied to those that are found to have had their judgment impaired because of the legal substances they ingested.

This is why you need to be so careful about reading all of the labels on the cough syrups (or other medicines) that you are taking – especially if you intend to drive your vehicle after consuming them.

Most all medicines that can potentially cause impairment included information and warnings right on the bottle, giving you a bit of a heads up to stay away from them so that you do not find yourself in any sticky situations.

This information isn’t there just to take up space.

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On top of researching whether or not the medicines or substances in your cough medicine are going to have some kind of negative impact on your ability to drive, you’ll also want to better understand the rules, regulations, and laws in your state or local area regarding this issue as well. In most jurisdictions, even possessing a valid prescription of the medication you take is not a defense to a DUI.   Let that sink in for a moment, especially if you are being prescribed any medication from a licensed doctor. A prescription is not a defense, therefore, many individuals who believe the laws relating to DUI’s will never apply to them, like the elderly, are now in danger of receiving a DUI.

Once one understands the law in place, the idea of public transportation and ride-shares seem all the more appealing.

All About the Influenza Pandemic

For more than a handful of decades now, influential members of the World Health Organization (WHO) have been adamant about the need to prepare for a serious influenza epidemic unlike anything the world has ever seen before.

Unfortunately, for quite a while, those influential members of the WHO were completely ignored or entirely marginalized – and now our problems have come home to roost.

Since 2004, influenza rates have absolutely exploded on a global scale – more than tripling between 2000 and 2005. More and more cases of serious influenza are documented each and every year in the United States, with many of these variations of the “flu virus” completely perplexing modern science and everything that we know about this affliction.

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It appears that the WHO was right, after all.

How are you preparing to meet these problems?

The World Health Organization and the American Public Health Association have been working together to try and disseminate as much information as possible to prepare US citizens for the inevitable influenza pandemic that is sweeping through the nation.

As this virus continues to build in strength and mutate into a more and more serious problem as the years go by, preparation and prevention is of the utmost importance. This is especially true when we are talking about the avian influenza (bird flu) that has just recently mutated into something that can – and will, inevitably – begin to attack the human race.

There are three things that the WHO and the APHA would like you to do on a daily basis to improve your chances of avoiding the influenza pandemic while at the same time doing everything in your power to cripple its ability to sweep through the population.

They are:

  • Wash your hands as frequently as reasonably possible throughout the day with soap and or alcohol-based solutions
  • Cover-up your coughs, your sneezes, and your yawns with your hand, tissues, or your sleeves
  • If you come down with any symptoms that resemble those of the influenza stay as far away from others as you reasonably can, and especially take time off of work or school to eliminate close contact with others

If you’re able to do all three of those things if you begin to notice influenza symptoms, you’ll be doing absolutely everything you can to cut down on the chances of this pandemic affecting you personally while at the same time eliminating its opportunity to rapidly spread from individual to individual.

What does the future hold?

According to scientist, the one thing that you should take away from this quick bit of information is that the influenza epidemic is not something that “may happen” – it’s something that “will happen”.

Researchers, scientists, and health experts all over the world are preparing for this kind of situation and have been for some time.

We are currently living in one of the most trying times in human history (on a number of different fronts). Our modern world is rapidly evolving on an almost hour to hour basis, but the influenza virus is rapidly evolving and mutating even faster than that.

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It’s everything that we all can do just to stay out ahead of it, and an ounce of prevention is always going to be worth a pound of cure.

Hopefully you’ll take the warnings that have been outlined in this quick article seriously, and make a real point to do absolutely everything in your power to avoid becoming another statistic when it comes to the influenza pandemic.

It’s up to us to stop this thing.