Labor Day weekend is fast approaching, and just like many other holidays, this means that there will be an increased police presence on many roads all across the country. These increased patrols are usually aimed at preventing, identifying and targeting drunk driving. Obviously, the best way to avoid getting swept up in one of these increased patrols over Labor Day weekend is to avoid drinking and driving.
While the following story didn't occur here in Greenville, or anywhere in North Carolina for that matter, it still brings an interesting issue to the table regarding drunk driving and the perception of people who operate a vehicle above the legal blood alcohol limit.
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?
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.
Last year, a three judge panel on the North Carolina Court of Appeals split in a challenge to a DWI arrest. Firefighters in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, used the lights and sirens on a fire truck to pull over a woman who the captain of the fire crew thought may have been under the influence.
A trooper with the North Carolina Highway Patrol says that a volunteer at the U.S. Open was driving a golf cart while impaired at the golf tournament on Saturday. In addition to DWI charges, the Wilmington, North Carolina, man is accused of a string of charges, including felony hit and run, felony assault on an officer and resisting, obstructing and delaying related to the alleged golf cart incident.
Police accuse a former aide to John Edwards of driving while impaired and child abuse after a traffic stop on Saturday in Raleigh, North Carolina. The child abuse accusations essentially are based upon the alleged facts surrounding the DWI offense. Authorities say that the Chapel Hill resident committed the drunk driving offense while his 13-year-old child was riding as a passenger in the vehicle.
Police in Washington, North Carolina, claim that a woman was found sleeping in her car that was parked near a tavern on May 21. Authorities say that the woman was discovered around 4:00 in the morning. Few details about the circumstances are included in a recent news account. It is not clear what attracted law enforcement’s attention to the vehicle, if the car was running and other issues surrounding the incident are not addressed in the media account.