That quick "be there soon" or "grab milk" text you send while driving down an empty neighborhood road, at a red light, or even while sitting completely still in traffic, can cost you. Any driver of a motor vehicle in North Carolina is banned from texting-no exceptions. It is considered a primary offense, meaning that a police officer doesn't need to see any other violation going on to pull you over. They can pull you over then and there based only on seeing you texting in the car.
After a car accident, many people are quick to point their finger at someone and claim that person is at fault. The situation can become even more heightened when allegations of criminal activity surface. In one recent example, a North Carolina mother was behind the wheel in a tragic car accident that claimed the life of her 9-year-old daughter. Now that woman is facing charges of driving while intoxicated and reckless driving.
Drivers in North Carolina are familiar with others telling them to drive safe. Depending on the time of year and even the time of day that could mean very different things. In the winter months, it could mean drive cautiously and watch for ice on the roads. At night it could mean be attentive and don't drive if you are too tired. During the winter holidays, it certainly means to avoid drinking and driving, especially during a major holiday celebration -- New Year's Eve. In fact, local authorities and organizations are stressing that North Carolina residents should make a plan for transportation to and from their New Year's parties.
In North Carolina, there are a number of aggravating factors which can increase the penalties for a DUI charge. One of these is having a child passenger in the car. It is not uncommon for a parent to be arrested on this charge after taking the family out to dinner and having a couple of glasses of wine or beer. Many people who find themselves in this situation have never been arrested before, and it can be a scary and humiliating experience.
Recently, a car accident here in Wilmington resulted in a DWI case arising.
Recently, intoxicated driving allegations have been leveled against a woman here in Wilmington in relation to a traffic accident involving some parked cars.
One man is dead and another is injured following a serious crash in Catawba County on Sept. 30, according to local law enforcement. North Carolina State Troopers are still trying to piece together the cause of the car accident. Witnesses are still being questioned in connection with this case.
One passenger is dead and another is critically injured following a single-car crash on Sept. 21, according to local law enforcement. North Carolina police are still investigating how the car accident, which claimed the life of one local man and injured his friend, a football player for a local team. No charges have yet been filed in connection with this case, but the driver of the vehicle has been placed on notice by police.
A trucking company is under investigation following the death of a driver on U.S. Highway 21, according to local sources. North Carolina police are investigating the state of a truck carrying a load of rocks, one of which was dislodged, causing a car accident that killed a man north of Marion. Criminal charges are pending at the time of this writing.
A serious accident has left a high school student in a medically-induced coma, according to local sources. The North Carolina teen is in critical condition after a late-evening car accident on Aug. 23. No charges have yet been filed in connection with this case, and police are still investigating the particulars of the crash.