A 40-year-old Jacksonville, North Carolina, man has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with a mid-March accident. The man also faces drunk driving charges and a charge of vehicular manslaughter.
A North Carolina judge faces official sanctions after allegations surfaced that he discarded critical evidence the 2010 sentencing of a man on drunk driving charges. The judge was censured by the North Carolina Supreme Court in early March because of his misconduct.
A national highway safety group has joined the debate about the use of ignition interlocks for first-time DUI offenders. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says that a recent report shows that interlocks improved recidivism rates for individuals convicted of drunk driving charges, even after a first offense.
A man convicted of striking two people with his car, killing one and seriously injuring the other, has been sentenced to at least three years in prison. Though not specifically charged with drunk driving, the defendant admitted to being drunk at the time of the accident. He was charged with felony death by vehicle and felony serious injury by vehicle. He pleaded guilty to both charges.
At the Marine Corps base on the coast of North Carolina, getting drivers to follow the rules of the road isn't easy, despite the regimented atmosphere of the military. Recently, school bus drivers have noticed a significant number of drivers failing to stop for stopped buses. When a school bus stops, regardless of whether children are getting on or off the bus, motorists in all lanes and directions of traffic are supposed to stop. The only exceptions are when the highway is four lanes or more with a median, or the road is four lanes or more with a center turning lane.