Traffic Law Signs and Meanings

Traffic signs or symbols control the flow of traffic, warn the drivers and individuals of hazards ahead, guide and give information to the drivers’ destination, and inform drivers and civilians of roadway services. Traffic signs are very useful to protect the public from accidents and to give full guidance to drivers to avoid a vehicular incident that sometimes causes someone’s death. Most of the accidents of today involve the vehicles and drivers that are reckless.

Before and individual gets their driver license they are undergoing some examinations and practical tests to prove that they are responsible enough to drive a vehicle. It is one way of making the drivers more aware to people that surrounds them and to consequences that they might face if they are involve to an accident. Some traffic signs are using colors to inform the public and drivers on what they are going to do if that color will appear on the traffic light. And people are very aware about these color symbols of a traffic light.

Stop and yield signs. When you see a STOP sign it means that you must stop before any actions or crosswalk or stop line painted on the asphalt road. Come to a complete stop, yield to pedestrians or other vehicles, and proceed carefully. It is always advised that whether you are a driver or just an ordinary individual crossing the street you must follow traffic signs and rules to avoid dangerous accidents that can harm other people or worst is harm yourself. When you see a YIELD sign, slow down and be prepared to stop (it’s is like a warning to everyone in the street). Let traffic, perambulators, or bicycles pass before you enter the crossroads or join another roadway. You must come to a complete stop if traffic conditions require it.

Yellow warning signs or symbols alert the public to hazards or changes in conditions ahead. Changes in road layout, proximity to a school zone, intersections or crossroads or some special situation are examples of warning signs. Slow down and obey the sign. To avoid accidents and to avoid hurting some people around the street.

In the guide signs category or group people will find route markers, distance and destination signs, and informational signs9thisis a huge help especially to people who are new in town). Green signs give highway directions and direct individuals through highway interchanges. Blue signs list motorist services, like gas, food, and lodging etc. Brown signs direct people to public recreational areas, state and national parks, historical points of interest, and scenic sites(this is usually used by new comers, people who just visited the town or city, people who loves to travel must know all these signs).

Construction and Maintenance road work warnings. When people are repairing or constructing roadways, their work areas are protected from traffic by orange warning signs and other devices (why they are using neon colors? It is because a neon color catches every one’s eyes so it will give them an alert that a group of people are working on the roads or streets to give more convenient services). These signs and devices may be mounted with warning flags or yellow flashing lights or neon color cones. These warnings help to guide pedestrians or crossroads and vehicle traffic safely through a work zone and past any hazards to avoid deeper and more serious accidents in town.

Every person must be responsible enough on what they are doing in order to prevent accidents and other troubles along the way. Driver’s must know their limitations and must master the rules and traffic laws. The traffic signs and traffic laws are design for people who do not want to have problems and difficulties on the streets, people who are responsible to follow all the rules and laws being implemented by the state. As a good citizen we must follow these rules and laws because it is really for us, we do not want to have headache every time we drive in streets or in main roads, so the better way to solve this dilemma is by abiding all the laws being designed for us. Must know all the do’s and don’ts at the same time to keep the safeness of everybody.

My Unpopular Position – Defending Traffic Tickets and The Police

Today I am going to take an unpopular position and defend police officers and the enforcement of traffic laws and writing traffic tickets. At least those tickets that are generated by actual police officers and not those tickets that are issued by speed cameras. My opinion will be very biased because I am a retired police officer who has worked on a traffic unit for many years. This article is in response to many articles that are the opinions of other people who completely dismiss the ticket issue as purely a cash cow for the government and insurance companies and an initiative that has nothing to do with road safety.

I will dare to say that everyone hates getting traffic tickets or parking tickets. I do not see anyone who will dispute that point. The prospect of having money taken out of our pockets because of poor driving choices really hurts. Hurts or Sucks or Bites or whatever terms that you may choose to use. I have had a couple in my life too so I know that no one is immune to tickets. There comes a point in time that every driver has to look in the rear view mirror and take responsibility for who is doing whatever action that caused them to get that ticket or to be stopped by the police. No, it is not the traffic cop who is at fault that you got that ticket. He was the guy who has a job to do and was at the right spot at the right time and had his eyes open to see whatever you did. Not his fault. The cop did not put his foot on your gas pedal or not stop at the stop sign or do whatever you are alleged to have done. Is anyone in today’s society who is willing to man up and admit that it was them who did something wrong? Thank you to those who are willing to do so. For those who may offer up a myriad of excuses, thank you for sharing and you may offer your excuses to the judge and he will make his determination. Playing the “Blame Game” and avoiding any responsibility on your part is old news. Time to suck it up buttercup!

So sorry that you may believe that you have your right to drive the way that you like and that the governments and judges and police all conspire to infringe on your God given rights to do whatever you want on the roadways. You may believe that any rules of the road should not apply to you because you are a more knowledgeable, aware and skilled driver on the road. While a certain percentage of the population may be better than average drivers, there is a portion of the population where this may be a belief but is not actually true. You may cite some studies, that may say that speed limits should be raised because of better designed highways, vehicles, and that X percentage of the drivers are already speeding at X clicks over the speed limit anyways… You may argue that “Speed does not kill” but that killer is the telephone pole that got in front of the car killed the driver. Some people may argue that there is not that much of a bigger “Bang” when you crash at 75 miles an hour than when you crash at 60 miles and hour. Well if you crash into the back of a semi truck that extra 15 MPH may be the difference between stopping before the bumper of the semi or having the bumper come to rest where your head would be located in that crash.

One of the lessons that I have learned in life is that there is always someone somewhere who is willing to take a stand and debate any position in life. They may have acquired knowledge through study and research but there are many who will cry from the rooftops an opinion based entirely on how they feel. I base my opinion on what I have studied and read and experienced and lived on the highways. I cannot provide a scientific paper to support all of my positions because there will always be challenges by the opposition side of how data was collected and other points. I could easily take the same position with any of the research that the opposition may provide and discredit their statistics. People who are filling out Motor Vehicle Collision Reports are not inclined to document that they were speeding, distracted because they had Rover riding on their lap or were wiping up that coffee that they had spilled in their laps. The appropriate data will be very difficult to collect because today’s persons are more willing to blame everyone and anyone else instead of taking their own responsibilities

Experience tells me that at any given time, somewhere not very far away from where we may be at the present time; there will be someone who is driving in a fashion that causes a risk to themselves and other people around them. These drivers may be making their driving decisions consciously or may be totally unaware of what they are doing is dangerous. They may be in a rush, running late, distracted or driving aggressively. Somewhere vehicles will be crashing into each other or driving into things or driving off the roads. People will be hurt or killed or may (hopefully) be able to walk away from the crash. Despite the advent of seatbelts and airbags and all of the other technology that allows for crumple zones to minimise impact and safer cars, it is not easy to predict the outcomes of any crashes at any speed.

As a traffic collision analyst I have seen low speed crashes that have taken multiple lives while showing minimal damage to cars, and have seen miracles where totally demolished cars have had everyone walk away. There appears to be no rhyme or reason at times and absolutely no guarantees of survivability at any speed. Unfortunately, not everyone who supports higher speed limits or relaxed enforcement levels has had the experience of responding to traffic collisions. They have not experienced a person expiring at the roadside and the task of shovelling blood body and guts into a body bag. They are willing to extrapolate figures and statistics but not see the actual bodies lying on our streets. On any given day, I would say that there is not one person who would say at the breakfast table that it is their plan today to die in a traffic accident. Yet almost every day, we can see that several persons have died on our roadways.

At some point and time, almost everyone has had some type of driving education or taken a test in order to obtain their drivers licence. While taking their test, everyone who passed successfully probably paid close attention to how fast they were going and making that complete stop at that stop sign or light. The driver examiner noted the good points and the poor points and made some evaluation on whether or not the driver was successful. The good driver was rewarded with a license if they performed well or failed if they did not do as well. Once you got your license there was not a driving examiner sitting next to you and perhaps the only time where you paid really close attention to how you were driving was when Dad was sitting next to you and you depended on him to let you drive the family car. You knew that your driving habits were being monitored and that there were consequences if there was a poor driving performance. At this time you were aware of a carrot or stick system or a risk and reward system. Basically if there were no concerns, there were no problems. If things did not go as well, well, things did not go very well.

It is the police’s job to monitor the driving habits of motorists to make sure that everyone is driving according to the rules of the road. You may liken the traffic cop to the sports referee who tries to keep everything rolling along without anyone interfering with the proper unfolding of the game. At times the referee is looking in another direction and is not able to observe transgressions of the rules and at those times where something is observed, the ref may stop the game and possibly issue some type of penalty. If the referee has made an error there may be the opportunity to ask the sports body to review the circumstances and there will be a determination made if the ref’s observations will be upheld or be dismissed.

In life the cop may stop you for an offence and as the driver you have the opportunity to take your situation to a judge who will rule if you are guilty or not guilty. In traffic court there is rarely a situation where there is a tie as in a sporting match. There are times when a driver may dispute the enforcement action of the police and the driver has the opportunity to show that the officer has erred. To some this is just an adversarial situation of who is right and who is wrong but somewhere there should be a lesson for the driver that they may wish to change the way that they may be driving so that they will avoid the hassle of traffic court and lawyers and points and surcharges.

The traffic officer who is proactive has the ability to gather information that may assist in other more serious crimes. Traffic officers are able to intercept impaired drivers, illegal drugs and contraband and stolen property as they perform their patrol duties. Their observations of who is driving around with who can link criminally inclined people with their associates which may benefit the community as a whole. In most circumstances, any driver that is not speeding has a vehicle that is in good repair and is following the rules of the road will not come to the attention of police. A quick glance that confirms that everything appears to be normal will have the officer looking at the next vehicle coming down the road that may have something that attracts more of his attention. In order to avoid traffic tickets, all a motorist needs to do is stay off the officer’s radar. (Pun Definitely Intended)

I personally believe that photo radar cameras have caused the motoring public to feel that these types of tickets are the proverbial cash cow and a revenue generating machine. Getting a ticket two weeks after the offence in the mail is an infuriating experience. People have told me that photo radar has caused more collisions than it has promoted safer driving habits. And I have to agree with some of this perception. Taking the living and breathing human element out of this type of traffic enforcement does not tend to give the driver any sense of possibly resolving the issue informally and depending on circumstances. In some circumstances, there appears that there has been court cases that support revenue generation as opposed to safety concerns. Perhaps it is time to rethink how this new technology is used?

Today’s police departments are stretched to the limits with budget concerns and some people say that insurance companies are in collusion with police departments to write more tickets. Insurance companies have donated items such as speed timing devices and breath testing equipment to many departments. While these donations will most certainly assist departments in their capacity to enforce traffic laws, I would like to point out that there are more lives lost on the highways than on all of the most violent categories of crime combined. Deaths in traffic collisions are far more numerous than serious injuries and deaths that can be attributed to murders, robberies and serious assaults at rapes in communities all around the world. When the disgruntled motorist comments that the traffic officer should be concentrating on more serious crimes, there is evidence that traffic issues account for more pain, suffering and grief to the community than the other crimes that also require police attention. From the position of an insurance company, would it make good business sense to supply a police department with resources that would possibly impact the number of vehicles that would be involved in crashes by slowing traffic down because of a new radar unit? Would it make sense that these companies would try to have less pay outs for vehicle repairs and death benefits? Is it in the interest of the police and their partners to reduce the number of crashes, injuries and fatalities? Of course it is!

I support appropriate fines, point systems for licensing and insurance purposes. I support proper signage of speed zones and establishing proper speed zones and the education of new and existing drivers. The large amount of cash paid in traffic ticket fines is staggering. People use the term cash cow to describe how much money is actually generated by traffic enforcement. Unfortunately, society does not calculate the costs associated with health care treatments, insurance payments for vehicle damage and premature deaths of people killed in collisions and the loss of parents and loved ones.

I am part of the minority of the population that would have their police departments go out and kick you-know-what and have drivers pay more attention to their driving habits. Those who are prudent will not be affected except for some momentary lapses of attention and judgement and those who slip up on a more consistent basis will pay the price for their habits. Use the media to educate the masses and let them know that there will be a vigorous effort to reduce the carnage on the streets. Whether you want to call it carrot and stick, risk and reward or cause and effect, there needs to be some level of enforcement to address the road casualty numbers. While there is a percentage of the population who thrives on the adrenaline rush of speed or the rush of getting away with something, the rest of the public deserve to have their safety interests preserved. There is a need for police to respond to and attempt to control the number of drivers who may engage in aggressive or dangerous driving behaviours.

The manner in which you drive is a personal decision that ultimately rests with you. You may escape the traffic ticket time after time after time however there may be a time where the laws of physics may catch up with you and have you ending up in the ditch or crunched inside the wreck of metal that was once your car. Are you really interested in challenging the physics and would you prefer to experience inertia, momentum and how energy and forces effect the human body in a crash or would you be more inclined to avoid these experiences completely? Have a safe drive!

Gord Kowalchuk is a retired law enforcement professional who has created the website [http://www.MyTrafficTicketTips.com]. His mission is to educate, and promote safe driving strategies that will help save lives and suffering caused by traffic collisions. Gord’s Tips assist drivers from getting traffic tickets and bring them safely home to their loved ones. Gord provides coaching and consulting and is preparing an eBook based on his experiences and career.

Organized Crime

OPERATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

The inherent common denominators THE STRUCTURE, SAFETY and FINANCING of the criminal organizations already allowed characterizing the organized criminality.

Still in relationship to a large part of the organized crime (except partly, the terrorist organizations), we can find another common element: the type of Operational Development.

The Operational Development of the activities of organized criminality settles down, usually, according to the following vectors:

a) Extent of national, international and transnational action;
b) Permanent Operational and stabilized, with concerns of tactics and of strategic order;
c) Conjugation of legal businesses and illicit businesses;
d) Chronological Interface and multiple accomplishments of crimes.

The operational development of the organized criminality has these factors.

a) – the reason of being of this criminality type is inside the enlarged extent of territorial activity and permanent organization and stabilized in the prosecution of the criminal activities;

b) – the reason of effectiveness of the organizations, for besides the execution of their objectives I (namely, the economical profits), is into in their flexibility face the deterrent circumstances, in dynamics of tactical and strategic articulation in the capacity of dissimulation of the illicit financing sources (illicit businesses), through the creation and maintenance of licit businesses (real or simulated) that, allow to justify and to “clean” the obtained global profits.

At the level of the businesses illicit/crimes, are strategies those that, best allows the “normal” prosecution of the activities of financing of the organization. The practices of the corruption, covering, a traffic of influences and control of the authorities are usual and typical.
The organization strategically to mislead difficulties and to avoid (larger) threats to the operational development of the activities chose as tactics for the organization to obtain profit, by e.g. traffic of drugs, the extortion and kidnappings, traffic of weapons (or, now, also, the one of nuclear products), smuggling, among others.

The legal businesses more “sought” by the criminal organizations are spread in several sectors, as: the finance market (e.g. detention and/or participation in credit institutions, leasing societies, brokers.) and the market of capitals – preferred by excellence for practices of bulky operations of money laundry -, the casinos a, hotels, the building societies and other businesslike import – export firms (often based in taxes paradises – off – shores).

Actually, the infiltration of the organized crime in legal businesses constitutes an additional tactic for effective reduction of the risk of detection of the net, for the covering and legitimating the incomes produced that, like this, less suspicions get up as for it’s ownership. Still, the insert in activities and legitimate commercial operations, namely at the international level, offers to the criminal organizations the possibility to use the legal circulation and transport of products for part of their illicit cargo.

c) – The criminological reason of the organized crime is partially, in the multiple accomplishment of illicit and, the criminal interaction.

The operational development of the nets of organized crime give priority to the practice of multiple illicit criminal, be in the optical of safety expressed in:

– crimes of corruption;

– traffic of you influence;
– threats;
– crimes of homicide, corporal offenses, coactions and threats;
– Drainage of incomes;
– crime of money laundry;
– falsifications ;
– Tax frauds.

Crime Management For Rental Properties and Apartment Communities

Hopefully your property doesn’t have a crime problem. Even if doesn’t crime management should be a significant concern for you. Crime management is a serious consideration for all properties. Without safety and security few properties will sustain strong occupancy.

Crime management begins by establishing a strong connection with local law enforcement. In face, I believe supporting fire protection and law enforcement are prudent steps for all property managers. Second, before you acquire the project and after you acquire the project you should be keeping a close and regular pulse check on crime issues around your community even if you haven’t experienced any major problems.

Second, you should not take the position that crime will never become your problem and ignore the potential of the issue. When you take on the property, you should include in your management considerations changes and improvements that will reasonably protect security. You should add and enforce management focus points and procedures to further protect and enhance security.

One of the various first steps with a large property you can take is seek to have some management staff live on the property if the property is large enough. If the property is not large enough, set up some unusual working hours on odd random rotations. This way, the added presence helps prevent the temptation to victimize your residents and your property.

Next, you should look into neighborhood watch processes and procedures. Establishing such an organization can go a long way to bolster the efforts you are making directly as the manager. You simply can’t watch the property around the clock. The fact is though a neighborhood watch may well provide the around the clock attention needed.

Physically, you could be surprised how inexpensive putting in a fence and / or a camera surveillance system these days. Install cameras for major entrance points and areas that don’t have the same foot traffic protection that some areas of your community may have. Ensure that the footage is stored and maintained safely and that the means to view the video is readily available. Camers require making sure that the community knows and can believe that the cameras are there to protect their interest and not to intrude. Another great potential item is a secruity fence. Security fences can be put in relatively expensive and offer a tremendous security against intrusion, reduce insurance costs, and potentially significantly allow increases in rent, reduce turnover costs, and reduce property expenses.

Blake Ratcliff recommends buying The Warrior’s Guide to Rental Investing and Management. Get great investment info here!

Traffic Law: Its Efficacy in Preventing DUI Cases

How important are traffic laws in curbing rising DUI cases? Do you know your local traffic laws? Why is DUI such a big deal to the government? What is its impact on the driver and on the lives and properties around him? To know more about traffic laws, read the article below.

If you are among the thousands of individuals who love to party, to drink and to drive, it is a must for you to know drinking under the influence (DUI) laws regardless of what state you belong and where you are driving most of the time. DUI comes in different names like driving while impaired or intoxicated (DWI), operating under the influence (OUI), operating under the influence of liquor (OUIL), driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII), driving while abilities are impaired (DWAI), operating a motor vehicle while impaired (OMWI) or alcohol related reckless driving.

By knowing the basics of DUI laws you can prevent future DUI-related accidents and injuries. You should know the legal ramification of DUI before you drink and get in any car and drive. Knowing and understanding DUI laws can help curb DUI-related injuries and accidents.

Different states have harsher laws, punishments and restrictive guidelines for DUI cases. Convictions in many states could mean myriad of things like:

loss of driving privileges
imprisonment
rise in automobile insurance rates
installation of ignition interlock devices
lifetime conviction on your record
mandatory drug and alcohol educational classes
denial of naturalization
shame and humiliation
deportation from the United States
effects on future employment
denial of admission to other countries
effects on unrelated legal proceedings like child custody and divorce

All the 50 states of the United States and the District of Columbia have per se laws which define what blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level is considered a crime. Moreover, 45 of these states permit some DUI offenders to drive their automobiles if their cars are equipped with ignition interlocks, 30 states impound vehicles of multiple offenders and 45 states and Washington D.C. prohibit drivers, passengers or both to have an open container of alcohol in the compartment of their vehicle.

If ever you are arrested for any DUI-related crimes, it is important for you to get immediate assistance from drunk-driving criminal defense attorneys. Be sure to pick one who has several years experience in defending similar cases. Hire a reputable lawyer who can defend you and who can erase all DUI-related criminal records.

Precaution:

Because of the severity of the punishment, it is best that you have a driver with you if you want to have a party, to drink and to enjoy the night. Always remember that the punishment you experience and the injuries you inflict on people is not worth the one extra drink you have. To avoid possible accidents and infractions to occur, it is best to stay at home at night, to drink at home and to avoid driving while you are intoxicated. Always remember that the life you save could be your own or your loved ones.

About The Highway Traffic Act

The highway traffic act is a law that is most popularly in effect in Ontario, Canada. The law is used to deal with a variety of transportation related issues which are including, but not limited to the classification of vehicles and traffic offenses, the licensing of vehicles, and the administration of loads. The law was introduced in the year 1923 to try to minimize the amount of accidents that were occurring to motorists in the Ontario area of Canada.

The act includes a variety of different motor vehicles. These vehicles include trucks, motorcycles, cars, off-road vehicles, farm equipment and construction equipment. Additionally, the act also applies to buses, bikes, and even mobile homes. The idea is to further improve the safety of all motorists that are on the highway.

Recently, there have been some amendments that have been made to the act to improve the quality of how it operates. For example, if the province finds that a driver has committed a drug-trafficking offense, then there is the right to suspend the driver’s license of the individual until further notice. The province of Manitoba is currently the first to apply this amendment amongst other provinces in the country.

The change to the act is more than necessary with the amount of vehicles that are known for being used in drug-trafficking related offenses on a constant basis. With the amendment in place, provinces in Canada have the option to take control of the situation and provide justice as well as prevent any possible accidents from occurring on the highway as a result. Additionally, there are different types of punishment that are associated with the discovery of a drug-trafficking offense.

Upon the first occurrence of a drug-trafficking offense, the driver’s license of the individual will be suspended for a year. If there is a second offense afterward, then the driver’s license will be suspended for five years. A third offense will then merit ten years, and then any offense afterward will require that the driver’s license is revoked for life.

If the amendments to the act are successful, then it is likely that more provinces will also use them as a means to take action and lessen the amount of drug-trafficking in the area. Additionally, it is not necessary that long term suspensions would require any previous convictions related to crime of drug-trafficking. In these situations, offenses such as drunk driving or being caught driving while on suspension would also be suitable for license suspensions.

Because of the changes in the act, and also the amount of detail that is associated with many of the rules, there are a number of resources which can be found for drivers that have inquiries. Generally, a majority of questions can be answered via reading the act for yourself and also doing some basic research online. However, if you have further questions, you may want to contact some of the local authorities for a full explanation of how the act is being used in your province, and what currently applies.

The highway traffic act is a means that Canada is using in order to ensure that its drivers are always safe while on the roads and highways in the area. The amendments listed above are a further measure that is being implemented in hopes that it will not only continue to ensure safety while driving, but also minimize many of the drug-trafficking crimes. For further information on the amendment and how it will affect your safety as a driver, you may want to take some time to read the act thoroughly on your own.

40 Years of Staying Out Successfully! Crime and Prison Does Not Have to Be a Way of Life!

The statistics appear to be overwhelming! Every year state and federal prison officials in this country release more than 600,000 men and women. Less than three years later, about 480,000 of them return to prison.

Each year approximately 200,000 criminals go to prison for the first time. During the past 30 to 35 years, hundreds of nonprofit organizations and ministries have tried to make a dent in these statistics, with minimum success. I do not criticize the efforts of these organizations and ministries, but the facts remain. When you consider recidivism over the long term–25 years or longer–only a few criminals–maybe fewer than 50,000 each year, get out, stay out and become successful citizens.

Frankly, I do not know what percentage of individuals released from prison stay out for 25 years or more and become change conquerors. But whatever the numbers might be, I want to increase them. So in addition to this introductory article, I will write a 12-part series during the next three weeks, designed to open the door of possibilities for men and women who need to make the same arduous trek I have made, from crime to contribution.

I consider this series my gift to the more than two million incarcerated criminals and the more than seven million who are not really free, but are simply existing between prison sentences. I am blessed that no only have I exited the ravages of crime and prison, but I have also achieved tremendous success.

Consider this summary of 60 years of experience with crime and change.

I committed my first crime when I was six years old. I stole five dollars from my aunt’s pocketbook. For the next 20 years, I did something criminal every day. Durham (NC) police arrested me for the first time when I was 11-years-old, and six years later when I was 17, a judge sentenced me to 2-5 years in prison. That was my initial prison sentence. Prison officials released me in May 1962 and I continued doing crime. Another judge sent me to prison again in August 1963, this time with a 7-9 year sentence. Prison officials released me on parole in December 1965 in Washington, NC. I thought I was trying to say out of prison, but sure enough in July 1966, because I had attacked my wife at the time, stole a car in my attempt to escape arrest and broke numerous traffic laws in the ensuing chase, a judge sentenced me to prison again. Prison officials at the now defunct Creswell (NC) prison unit released me from incarceration on December 9, 1968. On December 9, 2008, I celebrate my 40th anniversary out of crime and prison. During those 40 years, I have been a successful journalist and professional writer, a college professor, a radio and television program producer, and a network marketer. Today, I operate a successful home-based business, with contracts with several national and international producers of quality products and services.

What happened? What changed? Why was I able to exit crime and prison in 1968 when I had failed so miserably before? I will introduce answers to these and other questions in this 12-part series. Anyone trapped in crime and serving time, along with anyone who loves those individuals should read this series. The topics include the following:

1. Stop! You don’t have to do crime!
2. Stop! You don’t have to time!
3. Can you see the vision?
4. Will you embrace the mission?
5. Criminal v. Change Activist, part 1
6. Criminal v. Change Activist, part 2
7. Let’s gather the FLOC (Families and Loved Ones of Criminals), part 1
8. Let’s gather the FLOC, part 2
9. How to plan to stay out!
10. How to plan your work and work your plan!
11. How to mind your business!
12. Welcome to S.U.C.C.E.S.S.

I guarantee that this series will be the most significant collection of useful articles for hundreds of thousands of individuals. We must face facts! Criminals cause crime and therefore, only criminals can reduce crime. It’s no mystery why criminals do crime. They believe it’s okay to harm others to gain for yourself. How criminals can learn to stop doing crime looms as one of the most important and critical issues confronting our nation today. I know those answers. I will open the door to them this series.

Help me spread the word! Contact any FLOC member you know and recommend this series. I have been learning, experiencing and waiting for four decades to writer this series. I wanted to be certain that I had the knowledge, the insight and the understanding necessary to write this series and additional information that will help anyone who really want to change to move along that continuum and make the trek from crime to to contribution.

See you at the top!

Types of Identity Theft Crimes in Florida

Crimes involving the stealing of another’s identity continue to increase throughout the country as people become more reliant on technology. These kinds of crime involve the using of another person’s identification information against their will. This could include their name, address, social security number or credit cards.

According to the Federal Trade Commission, Florida had the most cases of identity theft in the nation in 2010 with more than 21,580 reported claims. The crime can happen in several different ways, but the intent most always is to use the person’s information for a gain, whether it is financial or personal.

One of the most common ways the crime is committed is through financial identity theft, which is defined under Florida Statutes Annotated § 817.568. This occurs when someone uses another’s unique information to obtain money, goods or services.

For example, using the name, driver’s license and social security number of another to open a new bank account, acquire a loan or attain government benefits could be considered financial theft of identity. This crime also could include credit card fraud.

Criminal identity theft – the posing of another when apprehended for a crime – can occur when someone uses the personal information of someone else, including a driver’s license or another form of identification. In this case, if a person is arrested, he or she will pose as another. The crime is similar to identity cloning, which is the impersonation of another in an attempt to conceal an identity.

In this situation, someone will impersonate the victim and use his or her information so the crime will not appear on their own record. Warrants could be issued for the victim’s arrest and he or she often could be penalized for a crime that person did not commit.

This often can go unnoticed for years. Unlike financial theft, which could be discovered in merely days, criminal identity theft may not be uncovered until the victim is involved in a minor traffic stop or has a background check completed for employment.

Medical identity theft is another form of fraudulent use of personal information that could be difficult to discover and even harder to prove. This occurs when someone uses another person’s identity, including insurance information, for medical purposes, including prescription drugs.

For example, if a person uses another person’s information during a medical examination to acquire medication, it could be a crime. This is one of the more dangerous forms of the crime because it could result in false information being added to medical history.

Children also can become victims. Using a minor’s social security number to get a driver’s license or buy a house could be considered identity theft. A child’s information also could be used in synthetic identity theft, which is a consolidation of multiple people’s information.

Top Tips to Avoid Personal Crimes

What are personal crimes?

By definition, personal crimes are those committed directly against a person. This includes rape, assault, hold-up, snatching or pick-pocketing, murder, etc. It seems that crimes like these are the easiest to perpetrate especially against innocent, helpless, often unprepared victims.

And these sorts of crimes are so common. In fact, you must know at least one person in your family, neighborhood, or work that has been either mugged, robbed, raped, or killed.

The criminals who commit these crimes strike when you least expect them, lurking in dark corners and alleyways, waiting for their next unsuspecting victim. Sometimes they have the tenacity to attack even in broad daylight, in full view of every one.

Is there anything you can do to avoid these crimes? How can you protect yourself from people who want to do you harm? If the police are not there to help you, what are your options to defend yourself against these people?

Prevention is key

The best way to avoid crimes against your person is to stay away from any situation that might compromise your safety or belongings. In other words, do not let yourself be an easy target for criminals and muggers.

For example, if you have to walk home late at night, be sure to have company with you. If you must absolutely be alone, avoid dark corners or alleys and stay in well-lit pavements. Walk facing oncoming traffic so that cars cannot pull up behind you unnoticed.

If you have expensive jewelleries, it might be best to leave them at home, have them covered or less obvious, or better yet keep them in safety deposit boxes in banks. Don’t make yourself a screaming target to hoodlums by brandishing anything that says “rob me!”.

If you are a tourist, especially in notorious places like New York avoid being too tourist-y. Enjoy the sights, yes but don’t overdo it. Don’t gawk, as most locals don’t. And again, avoid going to dark inconspicuous places. Whatever you do, don’t be marked as a tourist and be wary of strangers who are being extra friendly to you.

If all else fails, run and call for help.

Arm yourself

It’s not suggested that you carry along a gun or any deadly weapon with you unless you have adequate training on how to you use them and it is legal for you to do so.

There are various products available to ensure your personal security whether you are in strange places or in familiar ones.

Among these are tasers, stun guns, and pepper sprays.

Tasers are also being used by law enforcers against criminals. Tasers work by sending electrical pulses through their probes. Such pulses are strong enough to temporarily immobilize the offending person, giving you, the potential victim time to escape and seek help from police.

Stun guns operate on the same principle as tasers do. The only difference is they have to be used from close range, whereas tasers can be used from as far as 15 feet away and they don’t always incapacitate their targets.

Pepper sprays may also be used for your personal security. Once sprayed on the eyes or face of an attacker from 8-20 feet away, its active ingredient oleoresin capsicum irritates the skin, eyes and mucous membranes of the upper respiratory tract causing choking, coughing, and pain. The effect is the attacker is also temporarily immobilized.

These products are a great help to ensure your personal security. They buy you enough time to flee from your attacker and seek help from the authorities.

A Crime In Cajun Country – Getting My Day In Court

I had volunteered to begin working with the youth of our church but couldn’t move forward until my background check came back. At first it seemed like a bunch of unnecessary red tape to me. But in today’s society, and especially when it comes to the kids, you can never be too careful. But when I received the letter, I had very little concern about what it might reveal. Because after all…my record was clean. At least…that’s what I thought. As I read the fine print, I was shocked. Their search revealed that on February 2, 2009, I stood before a judge in East Baton Rouge, Louisiana and entered a guilty plea. I was charged with “Disregarding a Stop Sign” on December 18, 2008. For that violation I was given a fine and was required to appear in court. Sure, running a stop sign is not something that would prevent me from teaching our youth. And of course a moving violation is one of the lesser reasons for being in a court room. But, there’s one really major problem with this situation. I have never been to Louisiana.

I have run a stop sign before, but I wasn’t pulled over by a crawdad cooking cop. I have stood before a judge, but the judge wasn’t headed to Bourbon Street after the hearing. Yes, I have pleaded guilty to a traffic crime before, but it was not committed in Cajun Country. It was all a case of stolen identity. At least, that’s what I thought.

Have you ever been falsely accused? How did you resolve the situation? Most of us feel like we’ve been slapped across the face when being accused of doing something we didn’t do. Some of our reactions might have included a little fist pounding. Some of you ladies immediately went with the hands on the hips and the neck gyrations. Those of you who are more calm and collected; you merely moved into a thoughtful silence while you planned that persons’ demise. I must admit that in the past, I have pounded my fist, gyrated my neck, and planned someone’s demise; but none of those reactions would have solved my problem. I needed some real solutions… right then… and right there.

After reading the report, I immediately began checking my credit score. I did what I could to find out if anyone was trying to impersonate me, or empty my bank account. (Trust me…I really had to hurry with the bank account thing, because that wouldn’t take long at all to empty.) When that was handled, I investigated a little further. There was a number on the report that I could call if I wanted to dispute any of the information. So that’s what I did. A few days later, I got a second letter. It contained exactly what the first letter should have…absolutely no violations. My record was clean and it was all a misunderstanding!

It turns out that the culprit was someone with the exact same name, date of birth, and physical description as mine. Small world huh? Instead of going into a panic, and getting emotional, I took some real steps to resolve things. The corrections were made, the mystery was solved, and I was free to volunteer.

I think that most of the time when unexpected things happen, we tend to over-react and think the worse. Some of us immediately go into panic mode and really make things more difficult than they have to be. I encourage you to approach your next trial with an even tempered, step by step process. Whether you’re being falsely accused at work, home, or in Cajun Country; the reaction should still be the same. Identify the problem. Do what needs to be done to resolve it. And then just hope for the best. That’s what I did and that’s how I was cleared of a crime in Cajun country.

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