More people throughout North Carolina may find themselves facing driving while impaired charges if the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has its way. The federal agency just announced its recommendation that the limit for blood alcohol content be lowered from .08 to .05, an almost 35 percent drop in the amount of alcohol allowed in a person's system before he or she is considered legally impaired.
You may see fewer DWI checkpoints throughout Raleigh on New Year's Eve but don't confuse that with fewer patrols. Rather than setting up stationary roadblocks to police for drunk drivers, the Raleigh Police and the Highway Patrol will be stepping up the number of officers on patrol.
If the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has its way, everyone in the United States who is convicted of drunk driving will have to install an ignition interlock device on his or her car. The recommendation comes after a report by the NTSB that alcohol-impaired drivers are the leading cause of crashes across the U.S.
In 2010, Tyler McNeely was stopped for speeding shortly after 2 a.m. The officer that stopped him for speeding also observed that McNeely appeared visibly intoxicated - his speech was slurred, his eyes were bloodshot and he smelled of alcohol.
Nearly 100,000 citations were handed out and close to 3,000 DWI arrests made it the statewide "Booze It & Lose It" campaign that ran from August 17 through September 3. Across North Carolina, 7,800 DWI checkpoints were used to stop and search drivers who may be in violation of criminal and traffic laws.
Thirty-year-old Omar Rodriguez of Knightdale was charged with impaired driving after failing a BAC (blood-alcohol-concentration) test. Defending against the DWI charge may be the least of his worries however, Wake County officers had pulled him over after broke into two cars and rammed a third with his own truck.
Twenty-three-year-old Sarah Aimee Carden is facing several felony charges after she was stopped for driving while impaired on the I-440 beltline. She was driving the wrong way on the beltline, causing a crash that killed one, injured another and closed the interstate for four hours.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) recently announced that over 10,000 tickets were handed out between May 21 and June 3 during the annual "Click It or Ticket" campaign. Click It or Ticket is aimed at catching drivers and passengers who are not wearing a seat belt, a violation of North Carolina traffic law.
The State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) is investigating former Wake County Judge Kristin Ruth, Raleigh DWI defense attorney James Crouch and two of his legal assistants in connection with at least a dozen DWI cases that were allegedly mishandled. Judge Ruth stepped down from the bench a month ago after 13 years of service but denies knowingly taking part in the bad acts under investigation.
A Maysville head-on crash killed one person and injured another when an allegedly drunk driver of a GMC pickup crossed the yellow line and hit an oncoming Cadillac CTS. The GMC driver also hit another car, a Chevy Equinox, but that driver was not injured.