You have a DWI/DUI conviction in another state. Maybe you got it before you moved to North Carolina. Perhaps you were on vacation or away at school. Whatever the situation, many people believe that a DWI/DUI outside of the state where they live doesn't "count" on their record.
One of the advantages of living here in North Carolina is the abundance of beautiful coastal areas and lakes. For many North Carolinians, a day on a boat, whether off the Atlantic coast or elsewhere, involves alcohol. However, if you're the one operating the vessel, it's essential to realize that boating under the influence can be every bit as dangerous as driving under the influence. The legal penalties can also be serious.
Many South Carolina residents spend time in North Carolina enjoying the beaches and other attractions, visiting family and friends or attending college. Many laws regarding drinking and driving are the same in both states. For example, if you're 21 or older, a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 percent or above can get you arrested in both states. That drops to just a .02 BAC if you're under 21.
Field sobriety tests are a way that the authorities check on the mental and physical condition of drivers on the roads. Drivers who cannot pass these tests aren't necessarily intoxicated or using drugs, but they could have issues occurring that make it dangerous to be behind the wheel.
There is never a good time to get a DWI, but it's particularly damaging when you're a newly elected official. When electing new officials, usually, any old news about them is dug up to discuss all the negatives of their personalities or backgrounds. Sometimes, that's not enough to prevent an elected official from making a mistake, though, like in this case of a man who fought for his place as the mayor of Sharpsburg, N.C.
No matter who you are, it's a danger to get behind the wheel and drive. Even if you don't hurt anyone else, you're threatening your own health and safety.
Multiple-vehicle collisions are some of the worst. A single impact is always bad, but when they begin to add up, the injuries seen are devastating. Those who might have otherwise survived suffer hit after hit, injuring themselves past the point of being able to get help.
This interesting piece of news points out the issues in some jail and prison systems in the United States. When they're not up to standards, it's truly not fair to keep people confined there for long sentences. A North Carolina man described his time in an ill-equipped local jail and was finally moved to a state penitentiary as a result.
The alcohol rules on the Blue Ridge Parkway start the same as they are anywhere else in North Carolina. The blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit is .08. Driving while impaired is illegal. Drivers must follow the speed limit, which maxes out at 45 mph on the Parkway, at all times.
Police in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, have been running Operation Safe Streets as a way to combat drunk driving. Ideally, though, it won't even lead to any arrests.