North Carolina residents who believe a DUI/DWI charge is no big deal should seriously consider rethinking their position. In truth, our state has always had serious consequences for those arrested on drunk driving charges and after 1999 those consequences became even more severe due to the Governor's DWI Initiative.
Many of our North Carolina readers drive a Ford vehicle. While this automaker has been around for many years, it has had its fair share of problems along the way. Most recently, Ford issued a variety of recalls, with the biggest one involving approximately 166,000 Ford Escape SUVs and Ford Focus ST sedans. Of the 166,000 vehicles that have been recalled, 133,000 are in the United States.
Many times, when people are charged with crimes, they are not sure if they need to acquire legal representation, but occasionally, it's clear right from the outset that a lawyer is necessary. One man from Charlotte, North Carolina, is currently looking at more than 20 charges for an alleged shooting involving police officers and a child.
According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, nearly 40 teens between 16 and 19 years of age suffered fatal injuries on our state's roads in 2009 alone. Further, 24 of these fatal crashes involved alcohol. As part of the North Carolina Governor's Highway Safety Program, the DOT has provided information about the consequences for underage drivers who drive while intoxicated. Although the law protects children of all ages, there are still very serious penalties associated with underage DUIs.
According to the University of Rochester Medical Center, side-impact car accidents may put occupants at greater risk of traumatic brain injuries. In a study the university published, victims of side-impact collisions are about three times more likely to experience serious brain trauma. The study, authored by Jeffrey Bazarian, M.D., MPH and other personnel, also found additional evidence that suggests head injuries in side-impact crashes are typically more severe.
Five people, including a 2-year-old child, were involved in a multiple vehicle accident on NC-42 West in Johnston County. According to the North Carolina Highway Patrol, a pickup truck was hauling a trailer that was overloaded with construction material when it came loose. As a result, it struck an SUV that was carrying a woman and her young daughter.
It seems harmless -- a quick telephone call, a glance to look for a new text message, changing the radio station on the go -- but experts say all of these activities and many others contribute to America's proliferation of car accidents. Many people may disagree, saying that a seasoned and experienced driver knows how to multi-task behind the wheel, but what do the statistics say?