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False rape accusations and today's culture

Rape accusations can be extremely damaging to a reputation and could destroy someone's future, even after they are proven false. Today's culture is so attuned to hearing the victim's side of the experience that the falsely accused often don't get to share their version of the truth-or clear their name.

Another issue with false allegations of sex crimes is that genuinely guilty are not prosecuted because victims may fear their claims won't be believed, so they do not come forward. This creates a cycle of the innocent facing harsh consequences and the guilty going free.

Leaving the scene of an accident can lead to a misdemeanor

Many people in North Carolina assume that traffic stops are for motorists who speed, run red lights and disregard other traffic laws. Those infractions often only result in tickets, points on driving records and fines. There are some traffic crimes that are much more serious and can result in criminal misdemeanor or felony charges. 

Under normal conditions, you can avoid injuring someone by paying attention and driving defensively. However, there may be circumstances in which you accidentally end up in a collision that causes minimal property damage. The moment you leave the scene of the accident, you have committed a crime and could end up facing a misdemeanor hit-and-run charge

Why medication may lower crash risk for drivers with ADHD

Drivers in North Carolina and across the U.S. should know that attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is often a factor in car accidents. ADHD is a chronic condition characterized by short attention spans, impulsivity, and excessive talking and fidgeting. This means that drivers with ADHD are more prone to text, talk on the phone, and perform other distracting actions while behind the wheel.

A study was published in JAMA Psychiatry that shows how medication can lower the risk for crashes. Authors reviewed health insurance claims filed between 2005 and 2014 and found that 2.3 million Americans over the age of 18 who had filed them had ADHD. In addition, 1.9 million of them had a prescription for ADHD medication filled at one point in time. By comparing the number of emergency room visits on those months when prescriptions were filled to the number on months when they weren't, authors concluded that visits were fewer in the former.

Theft of an empty fraternity house leaves 3 students facing felonies

Last week an empty house belonging to a closed fraternity chapter was robbed by three students from surrounding schools. Two of the students were from North Carolina State University and reportedly broke into the home and took a group photo of the old fraternity members-from a chapter that was shut down after facing sexual assault accusations in 2015.

After spending the night in jail, the suspects face serious charges, including a felony. These charges are in accordance with North Carolina state laws that consider any theft after breaking and entering a residence to be a felony.

Getting a passport after facing drug charges can be challenging

A sunny, sandy, tropical beach starts to sound really tempting as winter steadily approaches. Just the thought of dipping your toes in the warm ocean water may have you pulling up travel blogs and researching your next vacation destination for 2018.

Then you realize there is a problem-to go out of the country you will need a passport, and you haven't applied for one in a few years. As you start the application process, you begin to worry about the drug charges you have on your record from an out-of-hand night a couple of years back. Will the passport services deny your application?

With end of daylight saving, wildlife crashes increase

Now that daylight saving time has ended, drivers in North Carolina and across the U.S. may be in greater danger of wildlife crashes. Wildlife is most active between dusk and dawn, and the darkness will make them harder to spot. At the same time, autumn sees a peak in deer mating and bears searching for food before hibernation.

In Colorado, for example, an average of 3,300 wildlife collisions are reported to the Department of Transportation annually, with November being the worst month of all. Such accidents cost drivers an average of $3,400 in vehicle damage, according to the Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association.

NHTSA to revise regulations for self-driving vehicles

Residents of North Carolina may be interested to know that there is a push to revise current auto safety standards that apply to self-driving vehicles. In September, the U.S. House passed a measure that would exempt automakers deploying up to 80,000 self-driving vehicles in the next three years from having to meet all safety standards. A U.S. Senate committee unanimously gave the go-ahead to a bill in early October to further speed up the process. It has found support with General Motors Company, Ford Motor Company and Alphabet Inc.

Under the Senate bill, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will grant the exemptions and have to create permanent rules on driverless car safety within the next decade. In late October, the NHTSA requested input on how to eliminate regulatory roadblocks to autonomous vehicles.

Life after manufacturing illegal drugs

As the popular TV show Breaking Bad showed its viewers, there can be many reasons why an average person would seek to begin producing illegal drugs. Maybe you needed the money, felt pressured to do it, or were threatened into complying. Whatever the reason, the production of illegal substances is considered a felony with severe impacts for your future.

Anyone can be convicted of drug manufacturing if they are involved in any step of the process along the way. These charges can include selling certain chemicals, buying or selling equipment, or physically producing the drugs. If convicted, your life may take a significant turn for the worst.

New drugs found in North Carolina drug crisis

Recently, a local mother learned her son had died from a drug overdose suspected to be heroin. When toxicology reports were analyzed, the labs found no heroin in his system--instead, it was an alarming mix of other substances that may be becoming more popular around North Carolina.

The substances now being used by teens and young adults are often an unknown mix of dangerous drugs and medications, and the results are devastating.

Night shift workers at increased risk of car accidents

Night shift workers in North Carolina and across the country are more likely to get into car crashes, according to a study. The research was conducted by scientists at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

For the study, BWH researchers had 16 night shift workers complete two driving tests on a closed track. The first test was conducted after the workers had gotten at least 7.6 hours of sleep the prior night and not worked a night shift. The second test was conducted after the workers had completed a night shift. Both tests measured the drowsiness and driving performance of the study participants.

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