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.
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.
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.