Monitech, a firm that makes ignition interlock devices that thwart attempted drunk driving - the only firm to provide ignition interlock devices for all of North Carolina since 1989, as Michael Biesecker reports for the Houston Chronicle - has sued the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles and Commissioner Mike Robertson after its contract with the state wasn't renewed.
As Jinny Oh reports for Reese News, underage drinking can be much more expensive than the seven dollars it costs for a six-pack of beer. "Students think a drinking ticket is like a parking ticket, but it's not. They have been charged with a criminal misdemeanor," says a lawyer with the University of North Carolina Student Legal Services.
Federal law requires companies to report possible product defects to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission as soon as possible. In the case of Perfect Fitness, the company that makes the Perfect Pullup exercise equipment, it failed to report any problems and was hit with a $425,000 fine in the process.
This most recent conviction is Rowan County Commissioner Jon Barber's second conviction of DWI. The first DWI conviction arose out of a 2008 incident where a police officer found Barber passed out in his car. In this second incident, Barber drove his car into a ditch and was pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving.
The North Carolina legislature has passed Senate Bill 241 into law, which will take effect on December 1 of this year, as WSOC Charlotte reports. The new law ups the stakes for those who are arrested and convicted of drunk driving with children in the car.
Shannan Bowen, reporting for Star News Online, asks whether a license plate scanner in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, would be intruding or safeguarding. The scanner would be a "watchful eye," comparing license plate numbers with a national database of those with records of criminal or traffic violations.
Last week a young couple from Hickory, North Carolina, was arrested on felony charges of marijuana possession with intent to sell. It all began when someone in the neighborhood complained about lots of vehicle traffic, according to reporters at FOX Charlotte, prompting narcotics agents to come knocking.
It appears as though being this 25-year decorated Marine, as Sue Book reports for Military.com, who had the potential to rise to the level of general during his career, counts for almost nothing when it comes to a conviction for drunk driving.