Many Greenville residents have probably heard of "ridesharing," a relatively new concept that was born by the tech industry. Ridesharing is very simple: it takes the concept of taxis and makes the job available for everyone. Using a cellphone app, any person could use their own personal vehicle as a taxi, and then pick people up who use the app and drive them to their destination for a nominal fee.
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.
Doctors in North Carolina are urging state lawmakers to require people who ride a moped be licensed to drive a motor vehicle in the state. North Carolina is one of six states that do not require a person on a moped to have a valid license, according to General Surgery News. A few states require people to obtain a moped license, which in those states is handled separately from a traditional driver’s license to operate a motor vehicle.
Followers of this blog may understand that law enforcement may often use a minor traffic violation as the basis to conduct a traffic stop. During the stop, officials often seek to find other reasons of suspicion to expand the stop to more serious allegations. While drivers may face drunk driving charges after one of these investigations, a stop may lead to other legal problems for a driver and passengers in the car.
Students at Pitt Community College or East Carolina University may get hauled into the criminal justice system on a variety of different allegations. At times, an offense may not seem that cumbersome on its face. But, charges may lead to a criminal record, which can have long-term consequences outside the criminal court system.
One of the most fundamental elements of the criminal justice system is the right for a person to have a fair and speedy trial after they are charged with a crime. If a person doesn't have a speedy trial, their case might be weakened or it could just require them to wait and put their life on hold in some manners before they are able to move forward after a verdict is made.
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.
Not every college student in North Carolina is scrutinized by NCAA eligibility rules. But, criminal charges may lead to consequences for any Pitt Community College or East Carolina University student down the road. The issue of collateral consequences has cropped up after a University of North Carolina basketball player was charged with a series of traffic offenses this summer.
The North Carolina Highway Patrol arrested a couple from Georgia in Burlington, North Carolina, recently after what a trooper claims was a routine traffic stop on Interstate 40-85. The trooper claims to have seen the car the couple was traveling in weave in traffic, leading to the investigatory stop.
A joint effort by several law enforcement agencies in Pitt County recently used a sobriety checkpoint to bring charges against 95 drivers in Greenville, North Carolina. The Greenville Police Department, the Pitt County Sheriff's Office, along with police from East Carolina University, the North Carolina Highway Patrol and officers from the Ayden, Grifton and Vidant police departments joined together to run a DWI checkpoint on Allen Road in Greenville recently. Law enforcement plans to use checkpoints again in the future.