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.
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.
According to local North Carolina police, a 22-year-old man was struck and killed on the morning of Feb. 16. A 19-year-old driver was accused of hitting the man, who was a marine, before colliding with a tree and a utility pole while intoxicated.
The estate of a drunk driver killed in a fatal accident is being sued by a former North Carolina legislator who was injured in the crash. The lawsuit, which was filed on July 23, is seeking $10,000 each in punitive and compensatory damages.
A former North Carolina state legislator recently filed a lawsuit stemming from a 2011 car crash that resulted in the death of the other car's driver. The man who was killed was a friend. The two became friends after they both ran against each other for election for the same seat in the North Carolina State General Assembly. According to court documents, the suit names both the estate of the man killed and a local wine bar as defendants. The documents allege that the person who was killed drank too much at a local wine bar and that the bar continued to serve the man alcohol even after it was evident that he had become intoxicated.
Choosing a designated driver can seem like a good idea, but studies have shown that the method of choosing one is not. Often designated drivers are chosen because they are the least intoxicated member of the group or simply because they have proven themselves to be successful at driving drunk in the past. In fact, 35 percent of them have a BAC sufficient to impair their driving. These are the findings of a recent University of Florida study after breath testing and interviewing more than 1000 customers of bars and restaurants in a Southeastern college town.