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November 2013 Archives

Researchers review mixing alcohol and caffeine among teens

Health professionals often look into the effects of alcohol to learn habits of drinkers or to find more information about potential adverse effects of alcohol. A recent study focused on underage drinkers and the relationship between consuming alcohol and caffeine in combination. Many studies have focused on college kids and underage consumption. The recent research delved into underage drinking of people throughout the teenage years—to include trends among younger teens.

North Carolina woman arrested for DWI on way to bail out friends

Most adults in the Greenville, North Carolina, area may be aware that state law generally sets the legal limit to drive for adults over the age of 21 at 0.08 percent blood alcohol concentration (lower alcohol levels apply in specific situations--including for commercial drivers). But, a variety of different factors may be involved in what level of blood alcohol concentration a person actually reaches after drinking.

Could a lab error cost you your freedom?

As many of our readers know, North Carolina has an implied consent law that requires you to submit to a chemical testing if an arresting officer has probable cause to believe that you are impaired while driving. Whether the testing is done through blood or by breath, the information provided by such tests can be integral in drunk-driving cases and can even mean the difference between a DWI and dismissed charges.

Jerome Simpson arrested on suspicion of DWI

Jerome Simpson, who played high school football in North Carolina, has been arrested on suspicion of drunk driving charges. The professional football player was pulled over Saturday morning, but has not yet been formally charged. Authorities in Minnesota, where Simpson now plays professional football, claim that the wide receiver failed a field sobriety test after a traffic stop.

Police: Driver fled from North Carolina DWI checkpoint

Law enforcement agencies all over the state used increased efforts to look for evidence of alcohol consumption among drivers over the recent Halloween holiday. Pitt County officials did not use saturation patrols during the weekend DWI enforcement effort, according to the Governor’s Highway Safety Program. However, Pitt County officials did employ 10 DWI checkpoint operations during the Halloween “Booze It or Lose It” campaign, state officials say.

Officials under fire for furloughing convicted drunk driver

When a North Carolina driver is sent to prison for driving while intoxicated, he or she doesn't have many options. State governments are tough on people convicted of drunk driving and related crimes. That's why it raised some eyebrows recently when a military veteran with multiple drunk driving convictions, including at least one in North Carolina, was granted a furlough to seek treatment for addiction and post-traumatic stress disorder.

North Carolina drivers might not know their license is suspended

Drivers in North Carolina might not realize all the ways in which their driver's license might be suspended. In fact, it is not inconceivable that people whose licenses have been suspended might not even know themselves. For most folks, driving on a daily basis is routine. The loss of driving privileges could put a serious kink in people's lives.

Walmart heiress seeks expungement of DWI arrest

In 2011, the now 62-year-old Walmart heiress Alice Walton was arrested on suspicion for driving while intoxicated. While the story does not arise under North Carolina law, the subsequent actions in the case highlight that it can be important to follow up on criminal records in appropriate cases to minimize continuing collateral consequences that these records can create.