Bigger & Harman, APC - May 2022

BLACK MAGIC How One Cat Saved His Owner’s Life

Black cats can have it rough. People associate them with Halloween and bad luck, they can be tricky to photograph, and they make up a full third of all cats surrendered to animal shelters. But one special black feline named Piran proved his worth when he led rescuers to his 83-year- old owner after she fell down a ravine. In August 2021, the woman went for a walk near her home in Cornwall, England. When she didn’t return, her neighbors started to

worry. They formed a search operation, but there was a lot of ground to cover in their rural surroundings. They had little luck in their investigation until they heeded the advice of her cat. While the search crew worked, Piran refused to move from one specific spot, and he meowed incessantly. That wasn’t like him, so eventually, Tamar Longmuir, a neighbor assisting in the search, decided to find out the reason for all the racket. Longmuir called to the woman while investigating the cat’s noises and heard a faint response. Piran had staked out his position where his owner had fallen — 70 feet down a ravine located at the edge of a cornfield. According to Longmuir, “She had gone through the barbed wire and was laying in the stream — we think she had been in there for hours.” Emergency services were

called and quickly rescued the woman. “Without the cat waiting at the gate to that field,” Longmuir added, “it could have been hours later that I or anyone else would have checked in there.” The injured woman was taken to the hospital in good spirits and stable condition, avoiding a potential tragedy. Meanwhile, the police posted a photograph of Piran’s handsome black face on social media and declared him a hero. Though he reportedly received many treats, Piran’s real reward was a job well done. “The cat is very attached to her,” Longmuir said. Cats may not generally be known for their loyalty, but maybe it’s time for the stereotype to get an update. Clearly, Piran the black cat was anything but bad luck. He proved it with the grandest act possible — saving his human’s life.

How Radar Guns Work for Measuring Speed I Didn’t Know I Was Speeding, Officer!

HOW FAR CAN THE RADAR GUN MEASURE? This is where math comes in handy — to calculate its distance; you need to divide the distance by the time it takes you to pass a specific point. Radar can detect you from almost a mile away if the conditions are perfect. But typically, a radar gun can determine if you’re speeding when you’re 300 meters (984 feet and 3.02 inches) away and with the radar’s signals measuring at a constant rate of 186,000-miles-per-second. But law enforcement has to take the distance it can travel due to traffic, weather, other vehicles involved, and the strength of the radar into consideration when determining if you are speeding. For example, radars can pick up other strong signals, so if a large tractor-trailer was on the road, it could interfere with police officers trying to capture another vehicle’s speed. If you received a speeding ticket in California, allow your friends at Bigger & Harman, APC to assist you. We have tons of experience with these cases and can resolve your speeding ticket. The circumstances surrounding a traffic ticket can vary, so give us a call, and we will see what we can do for you.

You’re driving down the road, trying to get to your next destination, and suddenly, you see police lights flashing behind you. You find yourself being pulled over and asked, “Do you know why I pulled you over? or “Do you know how fast you were going?” These two questions can be a daunting feeling. Police officers can track your speed using a radar gun. Here is everything you need to know about these devices.

WHAT IS A RADAR GUN? A radar gun is a legal device used to track how fast a vehicle is going. It emits radio-frequency signals to measure your speed when the radio waves return to the radar gun.

Speed is calculated by how much the received signal has changed after reflecting off the moving object. This movement is called the Doppler effect . Law enforcement officers need to be trained on using a radar gun because if it’s not calibrated correctly, the radar will give a false reading. This is one of the reasons why radar guns are not 100% accurate.

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