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February 2017 Archives

5 common DWI/DUI defense tips

Getting a DWI (driving while intoxicated) or DUI (driving under the influence) can result in serious penalties. For those who are arrested and charged for these offenses, there are some viable techniques that can result in reduced or dropped penalties. Here are five tips about how to defend against a DWI/DUI.

6 charged after 2,200 pounds of marijuana seized

On Feb. 14, North Carolina authorities reportedly took six people into custody after they were accused of distributing approximately 2,200 pounds of marijuana. The six people were identified as a 25-year-old man, two 28-year-old men, a 43-year-old woman, a 44-year-old man and a 67-year-old man. All six individuals were charged with conspiring to traffic drugs.

Deaths on U.S. roads reach highest level in almost 10 years

The National Security Council said in a report that traffic deaths were up 6 percent in 2016 compared to 2015. All told, they caused an estimated $432.5 billion in damages. The increase in fatalities was partially because of a 3 percent increase in miles traveled as low gas prices in North Carolina and around the country and a better economy encouraged people to get on the road. However, the increase in miles traveled did not fully explain the increase in fatalities.

Driver survey has troubling results

Drivers in North Carolina and across the United States may be interested in the results of a survey conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety and GfK, a market research firm. The survey ran from Aug. 25 through Sept. 6 and asked 2,511 drivers about their habits while behind the wheel.

Man facing drug charges after 3 people overdose

A North Carolina man was handed drug charges after police launched an investigation into three overdose incidents that occurred on Jan. 31. The Alamance Narcotics Enforcement Team located the 34-year-old man after learning that the three individuals who overdosed may have obtained heroin from his address. All of the overdose incidents took place in Alamance County within an hour of each other.

Report lists best, worst states for traffic safety laws

Not all states are equal when it comes to highway safety laws, according to a report by Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety. For example, Rhode Island is the best when it comes to laws regulating seat belts and motorcycle helmets, while South Dakota is the worst. Meanwhile, North Carolina is in the middle of the pack.

Lawsuit filed against Apple by distracted driving victims

Distracted driving accidents on North Carolina roadways cause many injuries each year, and the National Safety Council says that texting while driving plays a role in about 26 percent of all motor vehicle crashes in the United States. The success of the iPhone has allowed Apple to earn the business of 40 percent of American smartphone buyers, but that market dominance could come at a cost if a group of California residents prevail in a class action lawsuit filed against the company.

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