Drunk driving arrests may increase if North Carolina adopts the National Transportation Safety Board's recommendations to reduce the threshold for drunk driving offenses. The NTSB recently recommended that states reduce the threshold for drunk driving to .05 blood-alcohol content level instead of .08 percent.
North Carolina lawmakers want to change the state's drunk driving laws to make it more difficult for DWI offenders to drive. They have proposed a bill that would place more restrictions on offenders who had a blood-alcohol content twice the legal limit or higher when arrested.
The irony is probably not lost on the law enforcement officers inside the blood alcohol testing field laboratory (the "BAT mobile"), as the Huffington Post reports, when a young 21-year-old man crashed into it at around 40 miles per hour in North Carolina.
As reporters for The Detroit News write, early this month 2010 Miss USA winner Rima Fakih was in her Jaguar, weaving in the lanes, a half-empty bottle of champagne behind her on the floor. When cops pulled her over, she told them that she was Miss USA and answered, "No, not at all," when asked whether or not she had been drinking.
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.
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.
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."
This case shows exactly how DWI charges don't always come from drinking alcohol.