Archives for: April 28th, 2015

 

In North Carolina, you could be charged with a DWI without ever going near a car.

It often comes as a surprise to many residents, but you can be charged with a DWI or DUI if you are intoxicated while driving any vehicle, from bicycles to boats. Under North Carolina law, a vehicle is defined as:

“…every device in, upon, or by which any person or property is or may be transported or drawn upon a highway, excepting devices moved by human power or used exclusively upon fixed rails or tracks; provided, [...]

 

Like many other states in the nation, North Carolina has been cracking down on drunk drivers in recent years. In 2013, approximately 33% of North Carolina’s traffic fatalities involved drunk drivers, and many state officials and citizens agree that this number is far too high. In an ongoing effort to try to lower the number of impairment-related deaths and accidents on the road, two new bills have recently been passed in the North Carolina House of Representatives that seek to toughen the state’s drunk driving laws.

Under current North Carolina law, a [...]

You may be familiar with the new over-the-counter breath tests that have recently become available in drug stores and gas stations in North Carolina. The tests are simple, small, and extremely cheap—you can find them at many local gas stations for just five dollars.

When these tests first became available, it seemed like they might quickly become a party staple, like a gift bag at a child’s birthday party. While the tests haven’t quite gotten to that level—they’re not exactly a craze just yet—they are important gadgets with serious potential to completely change [...]