A five hour DWI checkpoint facilitated by numerous law enforcement agencies led to dozens of citations and arrests. The weekend Wilmington checkpoint netted eight DWI arrests.
In October 2010, a judge was charged with a misdemeanor for driving while impaired during a vacation in North Carolina's Outer Banks. He was also given a citation for a traffic violation during the same traffic stop.
North Carolina lawmakers recently passed a ban on the sale of synthetic marijuana and certain bath salts containing the ingredient MDPV, adding them to the state's controlled substance list. The legislation has yet to be signed into law by Governor Bev Perdue, so no one has yet to receive drug charges in North Carolina as a result of synthetic marijuana use.In a related story, Emergency Medical Service (EMS) technicians were responding to a call regarding a combative patient Wednesday evening when the subject of the call drove by their emergency vehicle while en route. EMS responders claim the Salisbury, North Carolina man narrowly missed hitting them on their way to the scene. It is unclear whether the potential accident was a result of the suspect's or the EMS vehicle's speed or reckless driving.
The identities of two Hispanic men pulled over across state lines for speeding last weekend were still unknown as of this past Tuesday. After the driver of the car was arrested and charged with drunk driving, police found him and his passenger to each be in possession of a fraudulent North Carolina drivers' license. It is still unclear as to whether the men were actually living in North Carolina or whether they arbitrarily decided to purchased a fraudulent North Carolina drivers' license.Neither of the men in the car would provide their ages, home or work addresses to police interpreters. Both provided what were later revealed to be false names. Each man is now being held while federal immigration authorities determine whether or not they will face an Immigration Review judge for a deportation hearing.
This past Tuesday morning, a driver from Gastonia was arrested by local police and jailed on a $10,000 bond. He now faces charges as a result of impaired driving.The man's car had been stopped by an officer just after 1:00 a.m. Tuesday morning this week. Officer F.D. Towle of the Gastonia police department requested the driver consent to an Intoxilyzer test after noticing an odor of alcohol on the driver's breath. Adding to suspicion was the fact that the officer found the driver to have an open container of alcohol with him inside the vehicle.North Carolina's open container laws state that it is unlawful to have an open container of any alcoholic beverage in the passenger area of any motor vehicle, even if the vehicle is not moving. An alcohol container is defined as an "open container" if the seal on the container has been compromised.
The American Beverage Institute (ABI) made spoke out recently against DWI checkpoints, saying they would like to see police around the nation do away with such untargeted efforts. The institute has a vested interest in doing so, being that they are a Washington D.C.-based trade association representing restaurants with liquor licenses.Police in North Carolina and in 37 other states throughout the country have been relying on drunk driving checkpoints and coordinated "Over the Limit, Under Arrest" advertising campaigns in the past few years to curb the number of drunk drivers on the roads during times of the hear with high incidences of DWI arrests. Law Enforcement officials and representatives of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) will be the first to attest to the effectiveness of these campaigns, but the American Beverage Institute disagrees based on some recently compiled statistics.The institute recently released statistics that indicate an average of just three DUI arrests are made for every 1,000 motorists pulled over at drunk driving checkpoints each year. Sarah Longwell, managing director of the ABI, indicated that such checkpoints are clearly not working as well as they should and that efforts of law should be focused elsewhere when targeting drunk driving.
Social media use is in the rise, with social information-sharing sites such as Facebook and Foursquare counting thousands of additional users as new members each week. For however exciting this new information frontier may be, it poses just as many ethical and legal considerations that will need to be ironed out over the years to come.
Murder charges have traditionally been reserved for violent crimes. However, this is slowly changing in North Carolina. When individuals driving under the influence cause a fatal crash, prosecutors are beginning to charge DWI suspects with second-degree murder.
Ignition interlock devices are often placed on the vehicles of those who have been convicted of driving under the influence. The devices are installed in cars and require the driver to blow into it before the car will start. The ignition interlock device serves as a breathalyzer which the driver must pass before driving the vehicle.
North Carolina's drug treatment court advisory committee has once again voted to not allow the state's drug treatment courts to use alcohol-monitoring bracelets. The panel first imposed the ban on alcohol-monitoring bracelets in 2007. Last week, the panel's members voted again and decided to keep the ban in place.