Ignition Interlock Laws Too Close to Big Brother for Some

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When the North Carolina General Assembly adjourned last summer, a handful of bills concerning ignition interlock devices were pending, and they may or may not be picked up when legislators reconvene next month. Until a stricter interlock law passes, the state will continue to be a target for proponents. Research shows that states with interlock mandates
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Alcohol, Speeding and a Dangerous Curve Take Lives in Durham

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A new memorial marker went up recently at a curve on N.C. 751 in Durham. The location is no stranger to fatal car crashes: Five people have died there in the past 20 years. In this most recent accident, the passenger was killed. The driver survived and is suspected of driving drunk. The two university
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Actress Pleads No Contest to Dwi Charges

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When defending against criminal charges of driving while intoxicated, sometimes drivers choose to accept plea agreements in order to avoid the possibility of jail time. This is exactly what North Carolina native, Jaime Pressly, recently decided to do. The 34-year-old actress, who is known for her roles in My Name is Earl, Ringmasterand Not Another
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Governor Signs Laura’s Law, Increases Dwi Penalties

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We meant to continue our discussion of the death penalty bill, but we saw this announcement and thought it deserved immediate attention: North Carolina’s governor was scheduled to sign Laura’s Law this morning. The law will dramatically increase the penalties for drunk driving offenses. Laura’s Law is, of course, named for the 17-year-old who was
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Restaurants Ask States to Lose Booze It & Lose It Checkpoints

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The American Beverage Institute, a restaurant trade association that supports responsible on-premise alcohol consumption, is asking states to stop using sobriety checkpoints as a way to stop drunk drivers. Citing a low number of DWI arrests at checkpoints compared with roving police patrols, the association is urging states to stop wasting taxpayers’ money. North Carolina’s Booze
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