As everyone knows, the blood alcohol limit for a driver in North Carolina -- let alone every state in the U.S. -- is 0.08. When a driver violates the DWI law in North Carolina, they are subject to drunk driving charges. Eventually they will get back out on the road. But when they do, are they still subject to the 0.08 BAC limit?
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.