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Don't ruin your Thanksgiving with a drunk driving arrest

Social drinking tends to increase during all holidays -- and Thanksgiving is no exception. Unfortunately, social drinkers (unlike regular drinkers) are at a disadvantage when it comes to knowing their limits. Not every social drinker who gets intoxicated sets out to end up that way, which is why not everyone has a designated driver ready to take them home.

Just the same, if you find yourself out celebrating and you realize that you've had one drink too many to drive, it helps to have a few plans in mind.

North Carolina man arrested for threatening campaign worker

A 28-year-old North Carolina man is under arrest for a variety of offenses after threatening and harassing a worker at the public polls.

According to reports, the poll worker observed the defendant in the parking lot outside the polling location taking photos or video of the scene. He appeared to be armed with a weapon that was holstered at his side. Eventually, the man approached the poll worker and began yelling racial slurs before threatening to assault him. The defendant gestured toward his holstered weapon as he made the threats, although he did not draw it.

How to help avoid serious injury in a car crash

Unintentional injuries are the number one cause of death in the United States for people up to age 44. Although there are a few other major areas of concern, like poisonings and house fires, most of those injuries come in some form of vehicular accident. Over a million people are injured and over 32,000 people die each year from such accidents.

In order to protect yourself and your family, here are some basic rules you should follow to avoid becoming a victim:

Seat belt injuries in car accidents: Signs of hidden trauma

Seat belts in cars are designed to save lives -- and they're highly effective at it. Just the same, the force of your body jolting against a seat belt during an accident can end up hurting you -- and you may not even immediately realize that you're hurt.

If you were in a car accident while wearing your seat belt, you hopefully walked away with nothing more than a few bruises. To be safe, however, watch for these signs that you're suffering from some hidden trauma:

How to avoid or shorten a driver’s license suspension

Like most North Carolinians, you use your driver’s license every day. After all, getting to work, buying groceries, entertaining yourself and other routine events typically require driving. As you probably know, though, you do not have a legal right to drive on public roadways in the Tarheel State. On the contrary, holding a driver’s license and operating your car are revocable privileges.

Virtually no one enjoys dealing with law enforcement or administrative agencies. Nonetheless, if you are on the verge of receiving a suspended license, your livelihood may be in jeopardy. Accordingly, you may need to fight your license suspension to avoid significant consequences. While every situation is unique, you may increase your odds of either avoiding or shortening a suspension by taking the following three steps.  

Take Halloween safety seriously if you're a homeowner

Halloween is a fun time -- but homeowners shouldn't overlook the serious safety concerns they may have during the season if they participate in the annual neighborhood Trick or Treat event for kids.

Here are some tips you can use to make sure that your home is safe from mishaps come Halloween night:

What is a domestic violence protective order in North Carolina?

It's never acceptable for someone to harass or abuse another human being.

If you're regularly facing verbal or physical abuse from someone in your household, someone you've dated, someone you have a child with or certain relatives, a domestic violence protective order (DVPO) can help you put an end to it. DVPOs are commonly referred to as restraining orders.

Criminal charges against North Carolina pet rescuer dropped

Most of the time, when people think of criminal activity associated with hurricanes and other natural disasters, looting usually comes to mind -- not an illegal animal rescue operation. Unfortunately, authorities in North Carolina decided to focus their attention on the activities of a dedicated animal lover who crossed some legal boundaries during her attempts to protect pets that were abandoned by their owners during the approach of Hurricane Florence.

While the authorities acknowledge that the woman, who operates a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping animals in need, probably saved some of the animals' lives, they still filed more than a dozen charges against her.

What do 'implied consent' laws mean in Illinois?

The implied consent laws in Illinois essentially say that the ability to own a driver's license is a privilege, not a right. By implication, anyone with a license has given the police consent to test for chemical impairments.

In other words, merely obtaining a license means that you have already agreed to submit to drug or alcohol screening through a Breathalyzer test, urine screening or blood test. Here are some important things that every driver should realize about the rules surrounding implied consent in Illinois:

What businesses need to know about consumer reviews

Online reviews are important to a business. They not only affect a company's ability to rank highly in search engine results, but they're also extremely influential when it comes to encouraging customers to try a business product or service.

Naturally, you want to avoid negative reviews whenever possible -- but you need to make certain that you don't overstep your boundaries under the Consumer Review Fairness Act.

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