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Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008 5B ur in nu Barbara France Managing Editor bfrance@lassennews.com Now is the time to start putting into practice one of four new California Vehicle Code laws that take effect Jan. 1, 2009. It is already against the law to talk on a cell phone while driving unless a hands-free device enables it. Drivers un- der 18 can't even use a hands- free device while driving. Savq SO From the first of the year, drivers cannot write, send or read a text-based communica- tion either. The easiest answer in mak- ing sure a driver does not vio- late the law is to put the cell phone away or pull to the side of the road if one must be used. There is an exception to the law, which as one California Highway Patrol officer said, was clear as mud. CVC section 23123.5 states it is unlawful to "write, send or read a text-based commu- nication means using an elec- tronic wireless communica- tions device to manually communicate with any per- son using a text-based com- munication, including but not limited to, text messag- ing, instant messaging and accessing electronic mail." It also states, "Note: A per- son would not be deemed to be writing, reading or send- me over holidays ing a text-based communica-GPS devices secured or placed outside an tion if the person reads, se- CVC section 26708 pertains airbag deployment zone. lects or enters a telephone to items placed onto the in- number or name in a wire- side windshield of a vehicle DUI probation less communication device such as stickers thatcouldIf a driver is on probation for the purpose of making or obstruct a driver's view. for a driving under the influ: receiving a telephone call." The amendment now al- ence conviction, the new law Emergency services person- lows drivers to place a global requires the driver to submit nel are exempt from the law. positioning device in one of to a preliminary alcohol two locations on the inside screening if pulled over. Pneumatic tires windshield. If the driver refuses, or if CVC section 27454 was A GPS device may be the driver submits and has a amended to allow pneumatic placed in a 7-inch square in blood alcohol concentration tires with retractable metal- the lOwer corner of the wind- of .01 or greater, the driver's type studs of tungsten car- shield farthest from the dri- privilege to operate a motor bide or other suitable materi- ver or 5-inch square in the vehicle willbe suspended. Vi- al, as long as the studs are re- lower corner of the wind- olation of CVC section 23154 tracted between May 1 and shield nearest the driver,is considered an infraction. : Oct. 31 each year. This new law specifically Section 22651 (h)is amend: Additionally, a tire on a ve- states the GPS device may on- ed to authorize the storage of hicle cannot be worn to a ly be used for navigational a vehicle after citing and is- point at which the metal-type purposes while the motor suing a notice of suspension studs protrude beyond the vehicle is being operated,to the driver for violation of tire tread when retracted. The unit must be mounted, 23154 CVC. End-of-the-year festivities may bring friends and fami- lies closer, but with all of the season's hustle and bustle, many pets may become over- whelmed and confused or ex- hibit negative behaviors re- sulting from unfamiliar sounds, smells and visitors that surround them before the New Year. Experts say the holidays can be a hectic time for everyone, including the fami- ly pet, which is why it's im- portant to make sure pets re- ceive the attention and care they need in this busy time of year. To ensure your pet has a happy, safe and low stress holiday, take extra care for Prepare a quiet place for your pet and plan ahead with your pet to use as a. retreat these simple solutions, when holiday activities and Try to maintain your pet's guests become overwhelming. usual routine, includi.ng con- Never leave your pet alone sistent feeding, play and exer- with unfamiliar children, re- cise schedules, gardless of how well behaved If possible, try to exercise your pet is, to avoid potential your pet, especially dogs, be- incidents. fore guests come over to help Make sure your pet wears decrease any hyperactivity his tags at all times in case he and stress, escapes from the house or Consider leashing your dog yard. before opening the door for Do not let guests feed your visitors to ensure greater pet food from their plates, control over your pet and to which can be hazardous to prevent escapes, your pet's health. Instead, Dogs tend to pant more leave treats out for your when they become stressed, guests to give to your favorite Be sure to keep water avail- furry :friends as a reward for able to prevent dehydration, good behavior. Sebastian is an 8 month old neutered male Chihuahua & Frank is a 5 year old neutered male pug who prefers older oR I, ome--ianmixthatloves tties. ds isonaspecialdiet. i W'OoosOo,s' 'Om c'o,oO i 1-2pro for lunch and closed weekends. Plumas Animal Services charges a $10 fee and license fees are $5 per year. An officer will deliver a pet to the adopt- ing party's veterinary of choice to have the animal altered in completion of the adoption requirement. For more information, call 283-3673. Sponsored by: LI INCY DRUG STORE F.ST 1875 Yot r local downtown full service pharmacy 283-0480 including veterinary compounding PNF snowmobile route restrictions Many snowmobile routes for knowingly venturing in- on the Plumas National For- to the wilderness area. With est are closed to all wheeled approximately 1.2 million motor vehicles, including acres and over 5,000 miles of all-terrain vehicles effective roads and trails, Plumas Na- Dec. 15 through March 3.1, tional Forest has enough 2009, by forest order, space for all types of outdoor Wheeled motor vehicles recreational use. create ruts on maintained When winter :ecreating snowmobiletrafls that re- in a vehicle, travelers sult in hazardous condi- should maintain a safe oper- tions for snowmobile opera- ating speed, wear helmets tors. The forest has several and warm clothing, and be major snowmobile areas: aware of weather and car- Four Trees, Bucks Lake, La rent snow conditions. Porte and Lakes Basin. Travel plans, including Violations may cost $5,000 an expected return time, for an individual, $10,000 for should be shared with fami- an organization, or impris- ly or friends. If stranded, re- onment for not more than main with the vehicle be- six months or both in addi- cause it provides shelter, tion to the cost associated and it is easier to locate a with restoring the trail, vehicle in the forest than Visitors are reminded the finding people foot. Bucks Lake Wilderness Area While waiting for help to is closed to all motor vehi- arrive, travelers can signal cles and bicycles. In previ- distress by using emer- ous years, snowmobile oper- gency flashers and by tying ators have been prosecuted a handkerchief or flagging onto the antenna-or mirror. The tailpipe should be kept clear and a downwind win- dow open if the engine is run periodically for warmth. Funding for Plumas Na- tional Forest snowmobile trail maintenance comes from the state of Califor- nia Off Highway Vehicle Division. Additional information about restricted areas or current conditions may be obtained at fs.fed.us/r5/plumas or from the following offices: Beckwourth Ranger Dis- trict, Mohawk Road, Blairs- den, 836-2575 Feather River Ranger Dis- trict, 875 Mitchell Ave., Oroville, 534-6500 Mt. Hough Ranger Dis- trict, 39696 Highway 70, Quincy, 283-0555 Supervisor's office, 159 Lawrence St., Quincy, 283- 2050. Saves decks & siding from water damage X Downspouts Water Diverter X Custom Installation X Adds value & appeal to your house 22 COLOR CHOICES Licensed, fully insured. No risk to homeowner. CONSTRUCTION, INC S u s an S to ck s, executive director of Eagle Lake Village is excited to meet you. With experience as an administrator in senior housing, Susan has a passion for creating a supportive and caring environment for her residents and staff at Eagle Lake Village. "I believe in providing purposeful activities and empowering our residents to live life the way they want to. 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