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October 2016 Archives

Distracted driving and teenage drivers

Smartphones are a daily part of life in the 21st century, but several government studies show that these gadgets are also making highways more hazardous. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released statistics that show that after years of declining, the number of traffic fatalities in 2015 increased by more than 7 percent from the prior year. North Carolina parents of teenage drivers may be dismayed to learn that the number among that young demographic increased by 10 percent, which was the highest percentage increase of any age group.

North Carolina woman sentenced for murder of father

On Oct. 10, a 20-year-old North Carolina woman pleaded guilty to the first-degree murder of her 50-year-old father and was sentenced for the murder and for concealing his death. She received a sentence of 25 years for the murder and a sentence of 5 to 7 years for attempting to hide his body.

Reducing traffic fatalities to zero is the plan

On Oct. 5, U.S. Department of Transportation officials laid out a plan that could ultimately set the bar for safety on roadways in North Carolina and elsewhere across the country to the highest possible standard. The department's statement was released in connection with the Obama administration's goal of eliminating all vehicle-related injuries and deaths in this nation within the next three decades.

ACLU report finds drugs users serve long sentences

People in North Carolina might be interested in the findings of a study by the American Civil Liberties Union that recommends decriminalizing the possession of drugs for personal use. The ACLU found that a significant amount of public and law enforcement money and resources went to detain drug users and that they often served long sentences for relatively minor offenses.

Felons and firearm laws in North Carolina

In North Carolina, it is a Class G felony for a felon to purchase, possess or be in control of a firearm. Section 14-415.1, the Felony Firearms Act, applies to anyone who is under indictment or may have been convicted in any state or court in the United States. It does not apply when the felony conviction pertains to restraint of trade, antitrust violations or unfair trading practices. It also does not pertain to individuals who have been pardoned.

Man sentenced to 7 years after admitting to be habitual felon

On Sept. 28, it was reported that a North Carolina man who admitted to being a habitual felon was sentenced to at least seven years in prison. According to the report, he pleaded guilty to multiple felony charges, including possession of a stolen motor vehicle, identity theft and others.

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