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How to tell an older loved one that it's time to stop driving

Many senior citizens don't willingly stop driving. Having a car -- even if you only use it to run a few errands once a week -- means independence. In fact, according to a recent study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, some 83% of seniors say they've never even talked with family members or a doctor about whether they should continue to drive.

Most people don't lose the ability to drive safely overnight. Cognitive skills, reflexes and vision can decline slowly. Sometimes, a new medication will impair a person's ability to drive. In all of these cases, the older driver may not realize that their driving skills have declined.

What does it mean to be held in contempt of court?

Too often, when divorced parents aren't able to deal with one another amicably, one parent's misunderstanding of the terms of the custody and visitation agreement or other court order can result in a contempt of court allegation by the other parent. Sometimes, a misunderstanding of a vague provision can also lead to a contempt accusation.

Criminal contempt of court generally involves deliberately disobeying a court order. Civil contempt is more common. Coercive civil contempt is the most common type of contempt of court where child custody issues are involved. In these cases, the parent who is found to be in contempt can be ordered by the court to begin obeying the order.

Common questions associated with shared custody

While not always the case, children typically benefit when they're able to maintain a relationship with both parents after a divorce. A growing number of Ohio courts are in favor of a shared custody agreement, which allows both parents to share responsibilities and parenting time.

Even though shared custody may be beneficial to your children, it's often difficult on the parents. For example, if you're not getting along with your ex as a result of a complex divorce, it can be difficult to co-parent with success.

How to drive safely in summer fog

When you take to the road during the summer months, you never know what type of weather conditions you'll face. You hope that the sun is shining, and the sky is clear, but this won't always hold true.

Foggy conditions can move into the area at any time of the day, with the early morning and late-night hours among the most common. If you find yourself navigating the road in dense fog, here are some tips to follow:

  • Leave more space: With limited visibility, you never want to drive too closely to other vehicles. The more space you leave, the more time you have to stop your vehicle.
  • Slow down: This goes along with leaving more space, as a slower pace gives you more time to make split decisions. You may have to drive below the speed limit until the fog clears up.
  • Use your headlights: Your headlights can increase visibility, while making it easier for other drivers to see your vehicle. But, don't use your high beams, as the light can reflect back into your eyes.

Drug crimes are often punished harshly by prosecutors in Ohio

Ohio has consistently been listed as one of the states with the highest rate of drug overdose deaths in the United States. This has prompted lawmakers to enact strict drug laws to deter would-be users from possessing or distributing controlled substances. Individuals who violate these laws face serious penalties including hefty fines and jail time.

The penalties associated with drug-related offenses in Ohio range in severity depending on the amount and type of drug that's involved. Possession or distribution of Schedule V drugs is penalized less harshly than Schedule I ones. This is because the former is considered to be far less addictive than the latter. Ohio Revised Code Section 3719.41 clearly describes which controlled substances fall on which Schedules.

These co-parenting tips will help in any situation

Once your divorce is finalized, you can turn all your attention to providing your children with the best life possible. While it's not always easy, co-parenting is something you have to get used to.

Regardless of your situation, there are a variety of co-parenting tips you can follow:

  • Don't always think about yourself: Make decisions based on what's best for you, your children and your ex-spouse. When you consider the well-being of everyone, it's easier to achieve co-parenting success.
  • Communicate when necessary: You don't have to overdo it, but cutting off all communication with your ex will make it difficult to raise your children together. There are many ways to communicate, ranging from phone calls to text messaging. Find a method of communication that works for both of you and stick to it.
  • Don't argue about everything: You can expect to have disagreements from time to time. Even so, this doesn't mean you have to get into a heated argument with your ex. There are times when you need to stand up for yourself and push back. There are also times when it's better to let a minor disagreement slip by.

Take these steps if you spot a distracted driver

Just because you're paying attention to the road doesn't mean that other drivers are doing the same. Distracted driving remains a problem throughout the United States, with thousands of accidents, injuries and fatalities attributed to it every year.

Here are some key steps to take if you spot a distracted driver:

  • Assume that the driver doesn't see you
  • Keep your distance to protect yourself in the event that the driver makes a sudden move
  • Call 911 to report the behavior of the driver
  • Do not take matters into your own hands

Could a parenting coordinator help your family in divorce?

For many couples, agreeing about terms for custody is nearly impossible. Parents may argue about every little detail, motivated both by a desire to remain close to their children and a desire to "win" in the divorce. Unfortunately, this kind of approach can make divorce that much more difficult for the children.

Interacting can often provoke strong emotions that don't necessarily bring out the best in either parent. Especially right after a divorce, emotional strains can lead people to lash out at their ex during custody exchanges or casual discussions.

What can you do to maximize your chances at custody?

Both parents involved in a divorce usually have custodial rights granted to them, but the extent of those rights are what's in question. If you want to maximize your time with your child, then there are some things you need to do to show your abilities as a parent.

Your attorney will be familiar with the court system and judge presiding over your case, which is helpful. Here are three additional tips for getting the most out of your child custody case.

When spring rain falls, change your driving style

Springtime in Ohio is one of the most beautiful times of the year. Unfortunately, it often brings quite a bit of rain to the area.

If you find yourself on the road when the rain begins to fall, it's imperative to immediately change your driving style. Here are some of the things you can do:

  • Slow down: This is the first step to take, as slowing down decreases the risk of hydroplaning and increases control over your vehicle. If it makes sense to drive slower than the speed limit, don't hesitate to do so.
  • Use your headlights: In addition to improving visibility, it allows other drivers to more easily spot your vehicle from a distance.
  • Leave more stopping space: It takes longer to stop your vehicle in slick conditions, so leave more space between your car and those in front of you. An extra one to two seconds can be the difference between avoiding an accident and striking another vehicle from behind.
  • Inspect your wipers and tires: Properly functioning windshield wipers are a must, as these help improve your visibility. Also, inspect your tires for proper tread depth, as this helps with traction in wet conditions.

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