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How points on your driver's license work

When a cop pulls you over for a traffic offense and gives you a ticket, more than just irritation and inconvenience occur. A ticket also comes with lasting consequences, which is why it is not always best to just pay the fine and move on.

Traffic citations add points to your license, which can eventually lead to the loss of your driving privileges. This, in turn, can affect your insurance rates and ability to get to work. Here is what you need to know about the point system in North Carolina.

Can you get rid of an easement?

Easements, which grant someone else the right to use a piece of property in some way, are often a troubling issue in real estate. What didn't bother a past owner may be quite troublesome to a new owner -- and that creates conflict with the people who feel that the easement is their right.

The good news for property owners is that easements don't necessarily last forever. There are a number of different ways you can try to remove an easement that distresses you. Here are a couple of ways to approach the issue:

Another accident at Five Points in Glenwood has residents angry

On June 23, some diners at a local pizzeria in the Five Points area of Glenwood, North Carolina, had their dining experience abruptly curtailed when a 20-year-old drunk driver went over the curb and crashed into the outdoor patio of the restaurant.

Locals say that this is almost par for the course in the area. They complain that there is an epidemic of accidents in the area.

3 essential elements to include in your parenting plan

Dividing property and money during a divorce may seem complicated, but splitting these may seem simple in comparison to figuring out timesharing with kids. Creating a fundamental visitation agreement is crucial in the success of your post-divorce parenting.

A parenting plan is a document North Carolina law requires parents draft that delineates each parent's schedule with the kids. When creating it, think carefully about these three scheduling elements to help the process go smoother.

Drunk driving conviction overturned in North Carolina

A North Carolina woman who blew a .16 -- or higher -- on several Breathalyzer tests has had her drunk driving conviction overturned on appeal. The case is a fascinating example of just how seriously the courts take the issue of "probable cause" when the police make a traffic stop for suspected drunk driving (or anything else).

Essentially, this is what happened:

  • The woman was a resident of a small town with only about 1,000 residents near the South of The Border tourist destination on Interstate 95.
  • The police officer who ultimately arrested her for drunk driving knew the defendant on sight and saw her drinking a beer on her own porch about two hours prior to seeing her behind the wheel of her car.
  • Despite the fact that the woman was driving normally, not speeding, wearing her seat belt, using her lights and otherwise obeying all traffic laws, the officer pulled her over.
  • Claiming he smelled alcohol on her breath, the officer administered a total of four Breathalyzer tests. Her lowest reading showed a blood alcohol content (BAC) that was twice the legal limit.

Flip-flops and falls: How not to wreck your personal injury case

If you're like a lot of people, you love summer -- and you may spend a good portion of the summer wearing nothing on your feet but flip-flops.

That could be a problem. Not only are flip-flops bad for your health, but they also put you in greater danger of a slip-and-fall accident -- and they could cost you any chance of recovering compensation for your injuries.

North Carolina's 'On the Road, On the Water' campaign has started

For the ninth year in a row, the North Carolina Highway Patrol, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (M.A.D.D.) have teamed up to spread the message that it's illegal and unsafe to drink and drive -- whether you're behind the steering wheel of a car or the steering wheel of a watercraft.

The "On the Road, On the Water, Don't Drink and Drive" campaign is aimed at reducing drunk driving accidents and fatalities whether they occur on the road or on the water. You can generally expect to see more officers patrolling the roads and waterways throughout the month but particularly on the most active weekends during the summer, starting with Memorial Day weekend. The next big dates include:

  • June 28-30
  • July 5-7
  • Aug. 31-Sept. 2

The most common reasons for car accidents in North Carolina

What are the real dangers to drivers on North Carolina's roads?

According to the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (NCDOT), there's no real mystery about what leads to the majority of car accidents in the state. Data from 2017 gives us the following information:

  1. Alcohol is a factor in only 4.1% of crashes -- but it's a factor 26.4% of the time when someone is killed in a car accident.
  2. Excessive speed is a factor in 33.3% of all crashes and factors into 31.9% of car accident-related deaths.
  3. Lane departures are also a big issue. Crossing into another driver's lane and veering off the side of the road are at least partially a factor in 22% of accidents and 53.2% of roadway deaths.
  4. Distracted driving -- which can be anything from texting to eating while driving -- is involved in 19.7% of wrecks and 10.9% of traffic fatalities.

Can your spouse actually prevent your divorce?

Most people have heard horror stories about spouses that simply refuse to accept that a marriage is over. They refuse to sign the divorce papers and do everything in their power to stop the divorce from happening.

In reality, those days are largely a thing of the past. While your spouse can contest the divorce, that will likely only delay the process somewhat.

2 North Carolina teens killed in deadly car accident

Two North Carolina teenagers, sisters, were killed in a tragic accident on a rural highway when they were attempting to pass a school bus.

According to the report by the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, the 16-year-old driver of a 2006 Ford Freestyle tried to maneuver around the slower vehicle on N.C. 18 by overtaking it in the passing zone, but the car's driver misjudged and hit a GMC pickup coming in the opposite direction head-on.

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