If you are charged with driving while intoxicated in North Carolina, the law requires you to have an ignition interlock device installed on your vehicle under certain circumstances. This program is now in place in all 50 states, but only about one-fifth of those arrested for DWI have the devices in their cars.
When you think about impaired driving and DUI/DWIs in North Carolina, the first thing that may come to your mind is alcohol. However, driving while under the influence of any controlled substance is illegal, so alcohol is not the only substance that could lead to a driving while impaired charge. People who use certain medications can receive DWIs too.
A man who drinks, for example, five beers in three hours will typically be less affected than a woman who drinks the same amount in the same time. This seems unfair, but it is a reality that can lead to bad outcomes. For instance, take a woman who is having dinner with a male friend she split a glass of wine with. He seems fine to drive, so she thinks she is fine, too. However, she may well be at greater risk of being pulled over for DUI.
You know what next Sunday is, right?
Well, it's Turkey Day.
Put yourself in this woman's shoes.
What's the difference between the penalties imposed for a drunk driving versus a boating-while-impaired (BWI) conviction, respectively, in North Carolina?
What can a police officer in North Carolina or elsewhere across the country do -- that is, dictate to a motorist -- in a stop focusing on alleged drinking-while-driving behavior?
Let's take a recently developed online drunk driving application for a brief figurative spin around the block.
The word "egalitarian" just seems to logically arise with great frequency in drunk driving stories.