Just as in the 49 other states, drivers who choose to drink and get behind the wheel place themselves and others on the road with them at an enormous risk of injury or death from an alcohol-related crash.
Drivers who get behind the wheel while they are impaired by alcohol or drugs create a serious hazard for people who they share the roads with in North Carolina. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 30 people are killed each day around the country in car accidents that involve a drunk driver. In a further showing of the magnitude of the problem, statistics from 2012 showed that almost one-third of all traffic-related fatalities in the United States that year involved an alcohol-impaired driver, and many of them were ages 14 and younger who were passengers in the vehicle with the impaired driver.
Drinking and driving should be a major concern for the people of North Carolina. The consequences of drunk driving are life-changing and expensive due to arrests, injuries, property damage and occasionally, loss of life.
A young man who stood accused of killing his 19-year-old friend in a drunk driving accident on a North Carolina roadway was recently found not guilty by a jury.
A Wilmington man who was convicted of driving while intoxicated after causing a 2012 accident had his conviction affirmed by the North Carolina Court of Appeals this month. The court handed down its opinion regarding the legality of drawing blood from suspected DWI offenders without their consent in cases of emergency without first obtaining a warrant.
A correspondent for NBC was at the 2014 US Open, and he was being driven around the course by another man on a golf cart. He had been dropped off near one of the tee areas when the driver decided to leave, and he passed a police officer on the way out, allegedly running over his foot.
A recent Saturday afternoon wreck killed one man and seriously injured his wife on Interstate 440, just short of the exit onto I-40 near Jones Franklin Road in Raleigh.
Driving while under the influence is a serious offense that puts the life and limb of other motorists and pedestrians at risk. A Fayetteville, North Carolina, woman who made the choice to drink and drive is learning this lesson the hard way.
Two people were injured in a three-car accident that took place a little past 10 p.m. on Oct. 26 near the I-40 interchange on NC-42. According to authorities, alcohol and speed were both factors in the car accident. A driver heading east on NC-42 ran a red light and hit another driver who was attempting to make a left turn onto NC-42 from the I-40 off ramp. He then hit another westbound car that was stopped at the same red light.
The North Carolina Court of Appeals has decided that a convicted felon will remain behind bars for killing two cyclists. The fatal accident occurred in 2011 when the driver of the car hit a man and his son as they were riding their bikes. The prosecution showed that he was under the influence of bath salts and alcohol at the time of the incident.