It has been roughly a month since North Carolina's alcohol regulation took effect, which does not allow bartenders to claim innocence when they serve alcohol to underage patrons, even though the underage patron may have a wristband or ink stamp indicating that they are of legal drinking age.
As Kay Johnson reports for WBTV 3 News, Laura's Law takes effect in December, which makes the law tougher when it comes to prison time, fines and the alcohol anklet, making North Carolina one of several states that have recently made laws against repeat DWI and other types of drunk driving cases tougher.
Here is a study that comes in the wake of controversy over the amount of underage drinking that happens on college campuses and off-campus parties nationwide, lending support to those who oppose underage drinking.
Since launching its "Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving" in 2006, the Mothers Against Drunk Driving organization has been tracking each state (as well as the nation as a whole) regarding legal and other efforts to eliminate drunk driving, with the ultimate goal to have no more fatalities resulting from alcohol-related car wrecks.
According to a new study by the Automobile Association of America, the likelihood of a teen driver being involved in a car crash during the first month of driving without supervision is 50 percent greater than after a year of driving independently.
Drugs like Oxycontin and Vicodin now cause more overdose deaths than both cocaine and heroin, reports Cullen Browder for WRAL News. North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper says, "We see more people dying from this problem than we do from all of the other drugs combined."
As Suzanne Kane reports for the Family Car Guide, the North Carolina state legislature's passage of Laura's Law in 2011 - a law that increases the penalties for so-called "hard core" drunk drivers - makes the state of North Carolina the latest in a string of other states to enhance penalties for those accused of repeat DUI offenses and those drivers who are found to have very high blood alcohol content.
"She was just beautiful and vibrant and everybody loved to be around her," says Lynn Lemmon, the mother of Autumn Soyka, who was killed in a felony-level drunk-driving accident on Oct. 30.
"When police made him open his door, it became clear he was completely naked," says Russian television, as Reuters reports. "The most dangerous part was when he almost hit a bus full of school children."