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Placer County Wine Trail

With 20 wineries and counting, Placer County has re-embraced its heritage as a viable California wine-producing region. Located in the S...

Sacramento, Roseville: Don't DUI Drive, Take a Lyft

Lyft and Budweiser Team Up to Be Your Designated Driver For the second year in a row, we’re teaming up with Budweiser to reduce drunk driving and celebrate those late-night heroes who give — and take — responsible rides home.

Each night thousands of Lyft drivers are doing their part to keep drunk drivers off the road. Now Budweiser's "Give a Damn. Don't Drive Drunk" campaign is making the right choice easier than ever by providing up to 150,000 total round-trip rides during weekends and holidays through the end of the year.

In the field of criminal law, there are a variety of conditions that will tend to negate elements of a crime (particularly the intent element), known as defenses. The label may be apt in jurisdictions where the accused may be assigned some burden before a tribunal. However, in many jurisdictions, the entire burden to prove a crime is on the prosecution, which also must prove the absence of these defenses, where implicated. In other words, in many jurisdictions the absence of these so-called defenses is treated as an element of the crime. So-called defenses may provide partial or total refuge from punishment. Sacramento DUI Attorneys site these facts:

Drinking and Driving (DUI)

Drinking and DrivingGetting behind the wheel of a vehicle – car, truck, motorcycle or any other motorized vehicle – after consuming alcohol is a serious crime. Drinking and driving is referred to as driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI), and involves operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol content (BAC) level of at least 0.08 percent. However, even a small amount of alcohol can lead to harmful situations. Some drivers may not even show warning signs of being under the influence, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less dangerous. It’s important to remember that any form of drinking and driving is illegal and can come with strict punishment.

The largest group at risk for drinking and driving are those who binge drink or are struggling with an alcohol use disorder (AUD). This means they consume a large amount of alcohol in a short period of time, putting them at risk for harmful side effects. It takes roughly 30 minutes to two hours for alcohol to be absorbed into your bloodstream. During this time, your breathing may slow down and your cognitive skills may be delayed. Because of this, it is always dangerous to drink and drive.

Alcoholism is a condition that can be treated with the help of a specialized treatment center. If you or someone you love is struggling with a drinking problem, it’s time to seek help and get your life back on track. Call a treatment expert now to find top-rated rehab facilities that fit your needs.

Dangers of Drinking and Driving

Any amount of alcohol in your bloodstream can impact your driving ability. The effects of alcohol abuse vary greatly, putting you at risk for causing an accident or highway injury. Safe driving requires the ability to concentrate, make good judgements and quickly react to situations. However, alcohol affects these skills, putting yourself and others in danger.

Here are several ways alcohol impairs your driving skills:

Slow reaction time
When alcohol is in your system, it affects how quickly you’re able to respond to different situations. Drinking slows your response time, which can increase the likelihood of an accident. Therefore, if the car in front of you brakes suddenly or a pedestrian crosses the street, it will take longer for your brain to process the situation and prevent an accident.

Lack of coordination
Heavy drinking affects your motor skills such as eye, hand and foot coordination. Without crucial coordination skills, you may be unable to avoid an impending harmful situation. Some telltale signs of reduced coordination include trouble walking, swaying and inability to stand straight. Too much alcohol can even make it difficult to get in your car and find its ignition.

Reduce concentration
Alcohol, no matter how much or how little, can influence your concentration. With driving, there are many things that require your undivided concentration such as staying in your lane, your speed, other cars on the road and traffic signals. Your attention span is dramatically reduced with drinking, which significantly increases the chance of an accident.

Decrease vision
Excessive alcohol consumption can negatively impact your vision. After drinking, you may notice that your vision is blurred or that you’re unable to control your eye movement. Impaired vision can affect how you judge the distance between your car and other vehicles on the road. Additionally, fewer objects may be visible within your peripheral vision, or what you can see to either side of you when looking straight ahead.

Inhibit judgment
Your brain controls how you judge certain circumstances. When operating a motorized vehicle, your judgement skills play an important role in how you make decisions. For instance, you need to be able to foresee potential problems and make clear decisions if another vehicle cuts you off. Your judgement helps you stay alert and aware of surrounding conditions while driving.

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Race Day features Sacramento Asphalt Contractor's Car

As with any sport, the challenge is to engage young people early as fans and ultimately a few become competitors. That has been the story with auto racing, too.
NASCAR is an American auto racing sanctioning and operating company that is best known for stock-car racing. NASCAR has campaigned to build the younger ranks. It helps to have a local race park which makes it fun to watch and engage with drivers. Such is the case with the All American Speedway in Roseville. Rebuilt earlier this year, is a terrific venue for family fun for all of the Sacramento region. Saturday, October 13th, the speedway will host a NASCAR K & N West Pro Series.

Kids today too often become glued to an electronic screen. Racing cars is still exciting on a small screen, but imagine the thrill of seeing it live, with all the sights and smells and sounds and excitement of a crowd! Folsom Lake Asphalt has been building, repairing, maintaining, fixing and keeping family driveways and parking lots prime for nearly 40 years, so it’s no wonder that they have affection for the track. They sponsor their own race car, and will be competing in Roseville on October 13th. Come join them at the track and cheer on a this Sacramento asphalt contractor to win.

Your Favorite Roseville Folsom and Sacramento Museums?

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One of the best urban trails in the country - The American River Bike Trail

It’s so easy to forget about one of our region’s great treasures — the American River Bike Trail — or more properly, the Jedediah Smith Memorial Bicycle Trail, accessible from Discovery Park at the Garden Highway. The American River Bike Trail hugs the banks of the American River as it flows through riparian habitat preserved by the American River Parkway. The trail runs for 32 miles between Discovery Park in Old Sacramento and Folsom Lake's southwestern banks at Beal's Point.

The trail has been in the news for several reasons. The Jibboom Street Bridge, in Discovery Park, right on the edge of Old Sacramento, has been closed since they are repairing the 1931 bridge and it’s not scheduled to open until May 31. In 2017, there were safety concerns due to violence along the trail. Most of the activity happened in the first four or five miles where increasing numbers of homeless people were living. Sacramento Supervisors last August approved a $5 million plan to beef up patrols along the parkway and clean up homeless encampments after dozens of citizens packed the chambers. Sacramento is creating more options for homeless people. Mayor Steinberg hopes to keep open a winter triage warehouse that houses more than 250 people and create more centers.

This year on the trail, there is a regular presence of rangers. They even staff an information table handing out excellent free trail maps that mark phones, rest rooms, camp sites, picnic areas and vehicle access with parking. It is recommended to have a partner on the trail.

You feel like you are in wilderness much of the time. Along the trail we saw deer, turkey, squirrels, egrets and ducks — many bird species. Great horned owl and hawks are very visible in the just-leafing-out trees. In the past I have seen coyote, otters, salmon spawning and coveys of California quail. One year on March 31, pipevine swallowtail butterflies were in profusion along all 32 miles of the trail.

The Southern Maidu lived along that trail as long as 3,000 years ago. Jedidiah Smith was the first explorer to come over the mountains and reach California in 1827. He was impressed with the turbulence of the river and the grizzly. You’ll find the location of John Sutter’s grist mill.

Take advantage of one of the best urban trails in the country.

The two-lane trail is completely paved, with mile markers, trailside maps, water fountains, restrooms and telephones along the way. There are also plenty of places to stop to eat, rest or enjoy the scenery. Most of the trail is shaded and level, although the route does traverse some rolling terrain. Along the way you'll pass through several parks and swimming areas, as well as through the suburban enclaves of Sacramento.

About 2 miles of the trail is on-road in a designated bike lane. In addition, the popular trail is shared by many different users, including in-line skaters and equestrians.

Check out the dining options along the Garden Highway, like Chevy's and Pearl on the River after your ride.
  • Excerpted from the Davis Enterprise Column, Jean Jackman, At The Pond; and TrailLink by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
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Placer County Wine Trail

With 20 wineries and counting, Placer County has re-embraced its heritage as a viable California wine-producing region. Located in the Sierra Foothills American Viticultural Area (AVA), Placer County wineries offer a refreshing change from the more commercialized and less personal wine tasting experiences of larger wine regions. Most Placer wineries are family-owned and operated, have small vineyards and the winemakers themselves are part of the charm, making Placer County a newly sought-after destination for a more personalized and unique wine-tasting experience.

Placer County begins in the northern foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, approximately 100 miles east of both San Francisco and Napa Valley and 30 miles east of the state capitol of Sacramento and extends to the eastern shores of Lake Tahoe. Elevations range from approximately 500 feet above sea level in the west to 6000 feet in the east. Most of the vineyards are located in the rolling, oak studded hills at the 500 to 1500 foot level. Soils are generally some combination of decomposed granite and sandy loam, making them well-drained and ideal for growing wine grapes.

The climate is Mediterranean, with warm days (average low 90’s in summer) and nights cooler than the valley below, making it ideal for growing premium wine grape varietals of the great wine producing regions of Italy, Southern France and Spain. Annual rainfall averages 30 to 40 inches, most of it falling in the winter and spring. This encourages dry-farming, where, once established, vineyards receive very little artificial irrigation, resulting in wines with complex and intense flavors.

Take Your Babe to the Jammie Jingle

Come dressed in your jammies or holiday wear to a fun morning for your toddlers and preschoolers to kick off the Christmas season with fun crafts, cookie decorating, snacks, a story, and singing! Jammie Jingle Tickets Bayside Church MOPS is happy to host this event to share the fun and joy of the season! You don't need to be a MOPS member to attend. Who are the MOPS? Bayside Church MOPS (Mothers of PreSchoolers) meet Monday mornings in fall and spring to connect, learn, and grow as moms. Better moms make a better world.
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