U.S. Drug Test Centers published a report earlier this month in which they ranked each state in order based on the number of driving while intoxicated (DWI) or driving under the influence (DUI) arrests that occur in the state per 100,000 residents. The data reveals that North Carolina ranked fourth among all states for DWI/DUI arrests. There were 518.8 individuals per 100,000 inhabitants who were taken into police custody of suspicion of this crime here in Tarheel state last year alone.
North Carolina and most other states in this country allow motorists to lawfully operate their vehicles on the road provided that their blood alcohol content doesn't surpass 0.08%. Many motorists assume that this means that driving while intoxicated (DWI) or driving under the influence (DUI) is okay. It's not. Consuming any amount of alcohol or drugs before you get behind the wheel of a car can seriously affect your ability to operate your vehicle.
Each year, countless North Carolina residents are charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI) or driving under the influence (DUI). While many motorists are successful in regaining their license after it's been suspended, some do not. A DWI/DUI charge on your record can affect more than your ability to remain a licensed driver though. A conviction on your record for such a criminal offense can impact you in other aspects of your life as well.
When many people hear that someone has been charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI) or driving under the influence (DUI), they often think that someone got behind the wheel of their car while intoxicated from alcohol. However, countless individuals are charged with DWI/DUI after driving under the influence of over-the-counter remedies, prescription medications or illegal drugs.
If a North Carolina police officer suspects that a motorist is driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence (DWI/DUI), they'll generally have them perform a standard field sobriety test (SFST). These tests are 90% accurate when performed correctly. There are three primary components of the SFST.
Nearly half of all alcohol-related motor vehicle accidents are caused by motorists with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.16% or more, which is double North Carolina's 0.08% legal limit. While many of the motorists who cause these crashes are indeed intoxicated, it's possible to end up with a high BAC without consuming much (or even any) alcohol. This may result being wrongly charged with DWI/DUI.
Just before Memorial Day, various organizations including Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), the North Carolina State Highway Patrol and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission all launched their 9th annual "On the Road, On the Water, Don't Drink and Drive" campaign. It kicks off several months of stepped-up law enforcement across the state. They aim to curb driving while intoxicated (DWI) and driving under the influence (DUI) rates.
When most people in Statesville hear the phrase "impaired driving," most probably first think of a drunk person operating a vehicle. It's not a new phenomenon. It's been a problem for decades. When coupled with drugs, fatigue and cellphone use, the roads that we all travel along become even more dangerous. Although laws exist prohibiting motorists from driving while impaired, many take to the road hoping that they won't get caught.
A 56-year-old Taylorsville woman was originally charged with DWI/DUI stemming from her role in causing an Alexander County school bus crash back in December. On March 14, she was taken into police custody on additional charges. She's now also been charged with eight serious injury by a vehicle while engaged in the offense of impaired driving felony counts.
Driving while intoxicated (DWI/DUI) is sadly one of the most common crimes in the United States. While an arrest can result in your incarceration and in temporary inconveniences as you look to get around, a conviction for a DWI/DUI can have far-reaching effects on your life that may last a lifetime.