After a DUI conviction in North Carolina, you license will be suspended for 45 days, during which it is illegal for you to operate a vehicle. After you serve that suspension, you can apply for limited driving privileges which allow you to drive to work and for essential things such as child care … [Read more...] about Information You Can Use: Ignition Interlock Laws In North Carolina
How many American drunk drivers are there? It’s a tricky question to answer, since we usually hear only about the ones who are arrested. There are many more who don’t make it into the news, even though they are guilty of the same crime. The Centers for Disease Control did a survey to find out how … [Read more...] about What If American Drunk Drivers Had Their Own Country?
A recent arrest in Arizona highlights one of the problems that states have with their DUI laws: creating ones that keep repeat offenders off the road. In El Mirage a man was arrested for his fourth DUI, just five days after pleading guilty to his third. Repeat drunk driving is a complex problem, … [Read more...] about 4 DUIs in 3 Months. What’s the Problem Here?
We know that drunk drivers cause deaths all the time – some 30,000 each year in this country. But is that murder? According to the law books in many states, it is – of a sort. A recent case in Winston-Salem shows that a murder charge is a definite possibility if you kill someone while driving drunk … [Read more...] about Why Would a Drunk Driver be Charged with Murder?
It started when Vicki Susan Poitinger hit a car with her Camaro and kept driving. That was bad decision number 2 in a string of bad decisions. What was number 1? It will be obvious. She threw a can of Mikes Harder Lemonade (8 percent alcohol by volume) into a neighbor’s yard and asked the … [Read more...] about How Bad Decisions Multiply Due to Alcohol
You normally would not consider backing into a police car as beneficial to you or society at large. Especially if the police officer whose car it is watches you do it. But it was a fairly good outcome for one man in Morganton, NC. To understand why, you need to understand the situation. Not long … [Read more...] about Backing Into a Police Car Was a Good Thing. No, Really.
It’s up there with the worst wedding memories ever, probably. A woman in Marana, Arizona caused a three-car crash not long ago. She was arrested and tested for impairment. That in itself wouldn’t be big news, even in Arizona, which is fairly sane in the drunk driving world. But the woman was wearing … [Read more...] about Get Me to the Church On Time? But With a DUI…?
Last September a Chevrolet driven by a man named Robert Kite flew off an elevated highway ramp onto the road about 300 feet below. Robert Kite, a father of six, was killed instantly. Since his blood alcohol level was 3 times the legal limit, the North Carolina ABC (Alcoholic Beverage Control) … [Read more...] about Do You Punish a Restaurant for Serving Drinks That Killed a Man?