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5 safety tips for summer driving

Did you know that summer is the most dangerous time of year to drive? According to federal crash data, the deadliest months for traffic crashes are July and August. While summer may be the perfect time to relax and have fun, these facts prove that you need to exercise extra caution while out on the road this summer.

So what can you do to avoid a summer auto collision? Here are some top suggestions to keep in mind.

Motorcycle Awareness Month: What you can do to be safer

May is Motorcycle Awareness Month here in North Carolina and around the rest of the United States. With that in mind, we want to talk about what riders can do to make themselves just a little bit safer while they're on the road.

Accidents happen, so be prepared

Don't rely on pocket Breathalyzers to avoid drunk driving charges

There's no shame in enjoying a night out on the town -- or a drink with dinner while you're out with friends. If you're a responsible adult, you know you don't want to get behind the wheel if you're too inebriated to be driving. However, given the fact that a .08 blood alcohol content (BAC) isn't very high, you know you could be over the legal limit even if you don't feel drunk.

Could a pocket Breathalyzer be the answer to your problems? Probably not. Here's why you need to be cautious about relying on Breathalyzers that are sold to the general population if you want to avoid a drunk driving charge.

Don't get fooled into a DWI by these old drinking stories

North Carolina's drunk driving laws are fierce -- and you don't want to find yourself facing a charge of driving while intoxicated (DWI) under any circumstances. Punishment if you're convicted usually involves mandatory jail time, even at the lowest-level offense.

A lot of people make the mistake of trying to sober up quickly after they've been out at a party or drinking in a bar with friends -- but all those methods you hear about how to sober up for the drive home are fictions. For example:

Charged with a crime? Listen to your attorney's advice

Have you been charged with a crime? If so, we have some advice for you that you really need to heed if you hope to come out of the situation with the best possible outcome.

Here's what you need to know:

When can you sue a hotel for an assault?

A lot of people are already planning their summer vacations -- and they naturally want to pick a location where they'll feel safe and secure. Unfortunately, it's hard to tell from what you're looking at online whether a hotel is in a good or bad area.

If you suffer a criminal assault while you're staying at a hotel, is it possible to hold the hotel's owner responsible for the acts of a third party?

Driving in the windy season in North Carolina

If you're a resident of North Carolina or you happen to travel there frequently, you're probably well aware that springtime can be very windy and there are even tornados.

To protect yourself and others while you're on the road, here are some tips for driving in windy conditions:

Volvo working to make cars safer for everyone

Did you know that if you're a man, your odds of surviving a car wreck without a serious injury are better than a woman's odds?

That's because vehicle safety features are designed around the average man. Those "crash test dummies" that you've seen in some car commercials are all based on male body sizes.

Why blowing off your court date is a really bad idea

When you get a traffic ticket in North Carolina, your first inclination may be to just ignore it, especially if you are merely passing through this state on the way to or from your home state to or from somewhere else. Making such a decision, however, could get you in more trouble than you realize. The ticket and its underlying charge(s) will not go away, especially if you fail to appear on your scheduled court date, and could easily come back to haunt you in the future.

Your second inclination may be to mail in the fine noted on your ticket. This decision, too, could have unintended consequences. When you mail in a fine, this acts as your admission of guilt that you committed the traffic offense(s) listed on the ticket. In other words, mailing in a fine “convicts” you of the alleged traffic offense(s).

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