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September 2016 Archives

The rise in the national murder rate

The sharp rise in homicides in Chicago is contributing to the increased national murder rate. However, because the overall crime rate for the U.S. is very low, according to a report released by the Brennan Center for Justice, North Carolina residents should disregard claims that crime across the nation is rampant.

Revolutionary tech breakthroughs may aid older drivers

Automakers are rolling out smarter cars that boast advanced technology and innovative safety features at a time when members of the baby boom generation in North Carolina and across the nation are first beginning to reach 70 years of age. According to the associate director of the New England University Transportation Center and research scientist for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's AgeLab, technology that cuts down on the likelihood of an accident or that enhances the mobility of this next generation of older adults can help keep the elderly behind the wheel longer, which could preserve their sense of autonomy and independence.

You've been hit by a drunk driver, now what?

Being involved in a severe car accident is traumatic enough. A collision with an impaired driver can pose dire consequences for the injured and their families-especially if a casualty is involved. In 1983, North Carolina changed the state's laws specific to drunk driving and grouped all impaired driving into one, which is known as driving while impaired or DWI. That being said, someone is injured by a drunk driver every two minutes. So far in 2016, 378 fatalities have occurred in North Carolina.

President Obama offers many drug commutations

North Carolina residents may be interested to learn that in the final months of his presidency, President Obama has used his clemency authority to free more than 100 prisoners who are serving long sentences for nonviolent drug-related offenses. One of the people freed is a man who has been serving a life sentence since he was 25 for possession in 2018.

Felon in possession of a firearm charges in North Carolina

Most North Carolina residents who have been convicted of felony offenses are forbidden from owning, purchasing or possessing firearms. This prohibition extends to people having in their control, care or custody of a firearm. Antique firearms are exempted from the law, as are convictions for unfair trade, antitrust violations and restraints of trade.

Dogs found in pens, owners could face felony charges

The owners of a property in Columbus County may be charged with felony dog abuse for leaving five dogs in pens without any food. The dogs were found after property damage from Hurricane Hermine led to one dog's escape. A falling tree branch damaged a dog pen, and the dog was seen wandering around the neighborhood in Columbus County.

DEA to include Kratom as a Schedule I drug

Residents of North Carolina may want to be aware that the Drug Enforcement Administration released a notice on Aug. 31 stating that the drug Kratom will be named a Schedule I controlled substance. This drug, which is reportedly becoming increasingly popular, has mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine, both of which have a high potential for abuse.

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