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What to do When Disaster Strikes

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Most of us go through life thinking that the worst-case scenarios for any given circumstance will never happen to us. Dramatic situations where lawyers and judges are involved are for other people or TV shows. Statistically speaking, you’re right. Most people don’t get caught when they break the law, however it happens to more people than you think.

The Bureau of Transportation Statistics states that 4 million Americans reported driving under the influence. Of those people, over 1.4 million were arrested for a DUI in 2010. Realistically, many more people have been guilty of this behavior and simply not reported it or were not asked. Despite the dire consequences associated with getting caught, more than a few people still drive drunk or high.

One of the consequences of being caught is a revoked driver’s license. The United States is almost exclusively travelled by road, which makes losing a license particularly problematic.

What is Hardship?

 

The legal definition of an undue hardship is special circumstances that exempt a person from a legal obligation or, in some cases, bound by the same restrictions. For instance, financial hardship might prevent a person from having medical insurance.

Healthcare.gov defines hardship as “financial situations and other circumstances that keep you from getting health insurance. If you qualify for a hardship exemption, you don’t have to pay a fee for the months you were uncovered.” Some examples of situations that lead to a hardship exemption include bankruptcy, death in the family, homelessness, natural disaster, and others.

Driver’s License

There are many other reasons for seeking a driver’s license hardship exemption. One of the most common relates to suspended licenses due to a DUI. Few other reasons cause adults with an established driver’s license to lose their license.

Each state is different however. After a DUI related suspended license, special circumstances may allow you to obtain a Special Restricted Driver’s License. This license may allow you to only drive within a certain radius of your home and you may be able to driver only during certain hours of the day. Some states only allow people to drive to designated areas and back, such as school, work, doctor’s office, treatment center as well as only during times of class or employment.

To qualify, all fees must be paid and the car has to be in your name and insured. Additionally, you may be required to attend drug and alcohol education services and may have an interlock placed in your car.

When it comes to hardship related to a driver’s license, however, there are other reasons for seeking a hardship license. Teenagers, ages 14 or 15, can obtain a hardship license in a situation where they need to drive to school. This exemption is most common in rural areas and you still have to pass a driver’s test. However, you do not need to have a permit for 6 months or whatever the duration in your state. Typically, the hardship license, once issued, will expire on your next birthday. That means that even if you obtain this license 3 days before your birthday, you will have to apply again on that day.

How do you get a Hardship Qualification?

Hardship qualifications are decided after you submit an application. If you are filing for a hardship in more than one area, you must submit more than one application. Each state has a different license application. A simple internet search can provide you with more information about this process in your area.

This process may seem overwhelming and insurmountable, however, it is doable. First, you need to contact any legal services you have access to and inquire about your options. Then, submit the application related to your state. The time it takes to hear back will vary by from area to area.

Seeking legal advice during this process is advised if you have that option. There may be options or variations available to you that will lessen the burden of this turbulent time in your life.

Moving Out of Hardship

The biggest focus of yours is how to get out of this rocky time of life. You can suffer through the temporary stage of having a hardship license and getting your real one back. Some soul-searching is required to prevent this situation from happening again.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drivers with a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher who were involved in fatal accidents were 4.5 times more likely to have prior convictions for driving while under the influence. If you sought a hardship license in the aftermath of a suspended license due to a DUI, you need to consider the beliefs and behaviors that contributed to this situation. Many people will simply say the system is unjust or that they were unlucky, however if you know that it is illegal to drive under the influence and do it anyway, you are rolling the dice with your freedom and life every time.

Many people who engage in drunk or drugged driving have a problem with drugs or alcohol that needs to be evaluated. We live in a society where mind-altering substances are glorified and common place. However, these substances are also addictive and can take over your life faster than you think.

When it comes to the complexities of substance abuse and addiction, the best first step is to find a therapist or doctor who understands the disease. The disease of addiction claims more lives every year. You can regain your life if you put in a little time and effort.

Most people benefit from an inpatient treatment center. Other types of programs are available for those who can’t take the time off from school or work. You may be familiar with a program or people in a sober program if you were required to take classes in conjunction with your hardship license or due to a DUI. Do some research and find a program that works with your needs. Taking the time to remedy the root of your driving under the influence could mean the difference between a happy life and a life behind bars.

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Blue Light Facts You Should Know

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Light is way more complicated than what most of us know for sure. Everything that we see day to day, from the sun, to lamps, to our phones exposes our eyes to some alteration of light. Some we see, which are called visible light, and others like x-rays and ultraviolet light are invisible. We all know about the invisible ultraviolet light as it is the same component of sunlight that tans our skin and, if we are not careful, burn it. But some do not know about the perils caused by visible light and in particular, blue light. In this article we will talk about blue light and if it is truly bad for us. And then we will talk about blue light blocking glasses and try to figure out if there is a truly a need for it.

What is Blue Light

First things first, let us try to understand exactly just what blue light is. Sunlight, or white light for that matter, contains colors which are familiar to us: red, orange, yellow, green and blue. Lining up these colors along with various shades of each gives us the light spectrum. And the combination of all visible light will produce white light.

Each color represents a waveform that produces a specific light depending on the amplitude or height of the wave. It also signifies the energy level in each wherein a shorter waveform means a higher energy level. The ones on the red end of the light spectrum show the lowest energy of all the light while, the ones at blue end show the highest.

The invisible light beyond the red end of the spectrum is called infrared light which can raise the temperature of what it is directed to. An example of this are warming infrared lamps which makes us feel cozy despite not emitting anything visible.

At the other end are ultraviolet light which, at extreme conditions, could be harmful to us and cause burns, unwanted tan lines, and even cancer. These are lights with short wavelengths that we can get from sunlight, and tanning studios.

Facts about Blue Light

It is Everywhere

While we often see blue light as a peril directed to us by man made electronic devices such as phones, television, and computers, the reality is you could not end a day without being subjected to blue light. Sunlight is the main source of blue light and almost being a monopoly at that. The light that we receive from anything else pales in comparison to sunlight.

This is not concerning however, because blue light from the sun that exposes us to a finite amount of time is natural for humans. We have adapted to this level blue light and we are able to shrug it off. In fact, we need a certain amount of blue light in our day to day activities. Blue light triggers a response in our brain that allows us to be more active. It sends a signal telling us that it is time to wake up.

What is concerning is the blue light that comes from our electronic devices that we have not adapted to yet as a specie. A little under a century and a half ago, humans did not know of light emanating from anything else that is not caused by a fire. This meant that we were not subjected to any other form of blue light from sunset to sunrise. Today, we are subjected almost 24/7 to various sources of blue light right from the devices we keep in our pockets, computer screens at work and television right before going to bed.

Our Eyes Need Help

The adult human eye is quite adept in blocking UV rays by preventing it from directly affecting the light-sensitive retina using the anterior structures cornea and the lens. This does not mean that there is no need for sunglasses, however, as other parts of the eye are not as secure. On the other hand, the eyes do not have mechanisms to block out blue light. The cornea and lens does not consider blue light to be harmful, and slips right through them.

Dangers of Blue Light

Over exposure to blue light could cause macular degeneration. Because blue light bypasses the cornea and lens, the retina is at risk to damage due to its nature of being light-sensitive. At the worst case, constant exposure to any form of blue light can even cause vision loss.

There is however, still unanswered questions as to how much exactly is too much for our eyes in terms of blue light subjection.

Eye Strain

Eye strains refers to any strain that is directly caused by discomfort in the eyes. Because blue light, penetrates our eyes with higher energy levels and scatters more, it is not easy for our eyes to focus on them. When we use our digital devices such this loss of focus tends to put stress our eyes and cause digital strain.

Blue light blocking glasses have been shown to be able to block out the scattering of blue eyes and may significantly decrease eye strain. When using a computer for a long amount of time, especially during the night, yellow tinted glasses that block out blue light can help reduce the noise and thus reducing eye strain.

After a cataract surgery, it might be more important to block out blue light as the operation causes us to lose all natural affinity that we have with it.

Is it all bad for you

As was mentioned above, blue light serves a purpose in our day to day lives and it has been observed that losing all access to blue light causes us to feel more tired. While blue light blocking glasses helps us to get things done at night time without having to suffer from eye-strain, it actually allows our body to slow down and prepare itself for sleep. This is the vital function of blue light in that it serves to regulate our sleep.

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