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.
A North Carolina House Judiciary subcommittee approved a bill yesterday aimed at increasing potential jail time, fines and court costs associated for those receiving repeat DWI convictions. Planned efforts to continuously monitor the alcohol consumption of such offenders for a post-release period of up to four months or for any pre-trial release period were also approved by the subcommittee.This bill has been dubbed "Laura's Law," as it has come about in the wake of the death of a North Carolina teenager killed last summer by a drunk driver with prior drunk driving convictions. The girl's family gained momentum for such legislation by speaking with the news media in the wake of the accident, receiving widespread attention and sympathy.
The National Transportation Board (NTSB) has announced its intention to focus on reducing the number of what they call hard-core drunk drivers, or drivers who have multiple arrests for driving under the influence or who drive with a blood-alcohol content of 0.15 percent or higher. Although the NTSB has created an 11-point program aimed at reducing hard-core drunk driving, no states have adopted the full program.