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?
A lot of people are riding mopeds in North Carolina because they have DWIs. Since no license or insurance is required to drive a moped in the state, the scooters are a logical means of transport for someone who’s lost his or her driver’s license. The last thing you're thinking about is the … [Read more...] about Is a DWI on a Moped Possible in North Carolina? Yes!
Maybe she thought it was dark, so she could get away. It’s hard to know what’s on some people’s minds when they’re intoxicated. Not long ago a woman crashed into a power pole in Burlington, North Carolina at about 3 in the morning. The crash knocked out power in the intersection. Sensing that … [Read more...] about Drunk Driver Crashes into Power Pole, Then Flees – Unsuccessfully.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is tireless in its efforts to get states’ drunk driving laws to conform to the highest standards of effectiveness. Recently the organization released its 2018 Report to the Nation, which rates US states on their anti-impaired driving efforts. According to MADD … [Read more...] about MADD to North Carolina: Time to Beef Up Drunk Driving Laws
Sometimes police spot drunk drivers on the road. Sometimes they stake out bars and taverns and wait for patrons to stagger into a DWI arrest. Sometimes they get called to a crash, and the driver turns out to be drunk. And of course, police in states like North Carolina man checkpoints to catch drunk … [Read more...] about Drunk Man Interrupts State Troopers’ Meeting, Gets a DWI Arrest
A glitch in North Carolina’s penal system is short-changing the state’s efforts to reform drunk drivers. An article in The Marshall Project tells the story of North Carolina DWI offenders who are serving time – years – in jails that are meant for short-term stays. As a result, these offenders … [Read more...] about Long-Term Jail for DWI – North Carolina’s Losing Proposition
Too much vanilla extract can do more than give your custard an aftertaste. It can also give you a police record. Alcohol: Forbidden for Drivers, Mandatory for Vanilla Federal law states that vanilla extract must be at least 35 percent alcohol, and have 100 grams of vanilla beans per litre. 35 … [Read more...] about Drinking Vanilla Extract: A “Too Much of a Good Thing” DWI
It began in the mid-2000s. Nevada and Arizona started something that is still sweeping the country. They mandated ignition interlocks for all drunk driving offenses, including first offenses. An ignition interlock, or car breathalyzer, prevents a vehicle from starting if the driver has been … [Read more...] about Ignition Interlocks for All North Carolina DWI Offenders – Is It Time?