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North Carolina gets a 3 out of 5 in DWI Report to the Nation

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.

MADD's new interactive Report to the Nation ranks states based on five criteria:

  • Requiring ignition interlocks for all drivers convicted of their first DWI
  • Conducting roadside sobriety checkpoints
  • Increased penalties for DWI with a child in the vehicle
  • So-called "no-refusal weekends" and related activity
  • Immediate administrative driver's license revocation

On the scale of one to five, North Carolina got a three, for administrative license revocation, enhanced penalties for DWI with a child, and roadside sobriety checkpoints. MADD writes that North Carolina was one of the first states to require ignition interlock devices for DWI involving high levels of blood alcohol content.

Source: Mothers Against Drunk Driving, "Report to the Nation," 11/16/11

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