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.
While Super Bowl Sunday isn't an official American holiday, it might as well be for millions of football fans and those who just enjoy having a reason to party on a winter Sunday. It's also one of the heaviest drinking days of the year. Most Super Bowl parties, whether they're in a home or a bar, involve copious amounts of alcohol. Law enforcement officers are out in force looking for drunk drivers.
A former North Carolina congressman pleaded "no contest" in early December to a drunk driving charge. He was arrested last July in Ohio.
Vaping has become a popular way to consume all sorts of substances, both legal and illegal. Some people enjoy vaping alcohol. They get the "buzz" more quickly than when they drink it. They also avoid the taste. If you like the way whiskey makes you feel, but don't enjoy the flavor, vaping it may seem like a good option.
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.