North Carolina was discovered in 2006 to be handling DWI cases in vastly different ways, depending on the county, and even the judge or prosecutor. This revelation brought about a law requiring the N.C. Administrative Office of the Courts to share detailed DWI case information on its Web page. A recent audit, however, shows that
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This year’s Labor Day “Booze It & Lose It” campaign, which promised to crack down on suspected North Carolina drunk drivers, contributed to the nearly 2,900 drivers arrested for DWI from Aug. 16 through Sept. 2. We previously wrote about the program, which uses increased law enforcement presence and social media to prevent and address DWI.
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North Carolina is in the midst of its latest “Booze It & Lose It” campaign, which uses an increased law enforcement presence in addition to an increased social media presence to prevent and detect DWI. In reaction to last year’s North Carolina DWI statistics, showing that more than half the alcohol-related crashes involved people 18
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North Carolina drivers may wonder if a department-store purchase, practically for pocket change, could help them avoid a potential DWI. The answer, unfortunately, is one we have heard before: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Indeed, the fine print on such products warns that the devices should not be used
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We are continuing our discussion of the United States Supreme Court opinion in a drunk driving case. The question for the court was whether the police could obtain a blood sample from a suspect even if the suspect has not consented to the test. The court’s answer was a resounding, “Probably not. Not every time.
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