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Study finds unintended consequence of minimum drinking age

Last week was the 30th anniversary of the National Minimum Drinking Age Act, which essentially forced states to bump up their minimum drinking age to 21 unless they wanted to miss out on highway funding from the federal government. For the most part, this law came into existence because of a critical social and health problem: people between the ages of 16 and 20 were the most common drunk drivers, and in 1982 roughly 61 percent of fatal car accidents involved a "young driver."

Here we can see a clear indicator that the drinking age law worked. In 1995, only about 31 percent of fatal car accident involved a "young driver."

Insurance price hike after DUI/DWI can be crippling

A recent study found that one of the 10 worst places to drive is Knoxville, which is near the North Carolina-Tennessee border. While the study found that the city nearly averaged 1,200 arrests per year for drunk driving, that's not the important element we're taking away from this story -- though it should be noted that Knoxville officials dispute the numbers associated with their city.

Instead, the key part of this study that we found interesting is the fact that people in Knoxville who were convicted of a DUI or DWI saw their insurance rates jump up dramatically. On average, their premiums increased by 50 percent.

DWI arrests in Raleigh are skyrocketing

The capital of North Carolina is a little more than an hour west of us here in Greenville, and in that short distance it appears you could enter a city with a drunk driving epidemic. According to Raleigh police, the number of driving while intoxicated arrests in the city for the first half of 2014 has doubled compared to the first half of 2013.

In the first half of 2013, 794 people were arrested on DWI charges. In the first half of this year, the figure nearly doubled to 1,484 DWI arrests. Curiously and thankfully, the number of DWI-related deaths plummeted from 12 in the first half of 2013 to just two in the first half of 2014.

Driving with allergies nearly as dangerous as drunk driving

A very interesting study was recently released be researchers in the Netherlands that shows drivers who have allergies are comparable to drunk drivers. According to the study drivers with "allergy symptoms" drove about as well as someone with a blood alcohol content of 0.03. Participants in the study had tree or grass pollen allergies, and they had to drive for 60 minutes.

Researchers then measured their "standard deviation of lateral position" -- or in layman's terms, how much the driver swerved from the center position of their lane. This is a typical measurement of drunk drivers, and the allergy-stricken drivers measured in with the driving control of someone with a 0.03 BAC.

North Carolina DWI arrest could end NFL career

For anyone who faces a drunk driving arrest, the consequences can be dire and life-changing. Yet, facing a potential DWI conviction affects everyone in different ways. A professional football player's recent arrest in North Carolina on DWI charges shows how accusations of drunk driving can have serious repercussions.

In the early morning hours of July 5, All-Pro receiver Josh Gordon of the Cleveland Browns was arrested in North Carolina for DWI. Reportedly, the pro receiver's blood-alcohol level was .09, just over the legal limit for drivers.

North Carolina drunk driving enforcement campaign wraps up

Over the holidays, traffic volumes increase. This is particularly true during summer holidays. The conventional wisdom, at least according to those who enforce DWI laws, is that rates of drunk driving also increase around the holidays.

In the days preceding and following the recent July 4 holiday, DWI patrols were stepped up throughout North Carolina. A law enforcement campaign known as "Booze It & Lose It: Operation Firecracker" was kicked off on June 27.

Study: For underage drinkers, pick of poisons linked to branding

Not only do underage drinkers have a reputation for overdoing it, a new study suggests they are also fairly particular about what they imbibe when they decide to go overboard.

According to one of the authors of the research by Boston University and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, "For the first time we've found the brands that are most responsible for binge drinking among our nation's youth."

Underage alcohol charges are not uncommon in the Greenville area. The community has its share of students from high school on up through college. Such charges should not be dismissed as inconsequential. The effects of a conviction can be many and long lasting and so the charges deserve to be met with a strong legal defense. 

8 booked on DWI charges at weekend Checkpoint Charlotte

Checkpoint Charlie was a major landmark during the days of the Cold War. It is perhaps best known as the key crossing point between East and West Berlin for diplomats, journalists and spies.

According to the official Berlin website, since reunification, there's not much today to remind visitors of Checkpoint Charlie except for some cobblestones and an original border sign. Yet, when we read about police activity this past weekend at what we might call Checkpoint Charlotte, it was the site in Berlin that sprang to mind. 

Teens find beach beer run finish line is behind bars

Engaging in underage drinking may be viewed by some as a rite of passage for those under the age of 21. North Carolina law does not share that point of view and neither do the police who enforce the law. The consequences for a person who is under the age of 21 who gets arrested for an alcohol-related crime can be greater than you think and long lasting. A strong defense is called for.

This may be something that some Virginia teenagers are coming to learn after a being arrested last weekend in the midst of an apparent beer run. 

Cart driver facing DWI charge after confrontation at Pinehurst

Golf fans in North Carolina are likely looking back on the past couple of weeks with a certain amount of pride. We can probably grant them the moment considering that the state played host to the U.S. Open and the U.S. Women's Open back-to-back.

The News & Observer says the U.S. Golf Association and the people at the Pinehurst resort deserve kudos in that both tournaments came off without a hitch. Well, for the most part anyway. There is the case of the golf cart driver facing an array of criminal charges, including one for alleged drunk driving, after a confrontation with a North Carolina Highway Patrol officer.