Friday August 13, 2010 | DWI Laws in North Carolina

August 12, 2010 at 10:52 am | Posted in Coming Up | 6 Comments

Almost 30 years ago North Carolina passed what was then the toughest set of DWI laws in America. Now, critics say there are provisions in the current law that are unprecedented anywhere else in the nation and that weaken crime enforcements ability to combat drunken driving. We look at the laws that regulate drunken driving, the tools of enforcement and at repeat offenders who drink, drive and often kill.  Keeping drunk drivers off of our streets is the topic of discussion.
Judge Theo Nixon
– District Court Judge, 26th District
Bruce Lillie – Assistant District Attorney, Mecklenburg County
Timothy Gore – Assistant Public Defender, Mecklenburg County

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  1. How bizarre that I’m reading your blog on advertising a discusion forum on how to keep drunk drivers off the street, and the post is followed by a Google ad, which states

    “Get your license back. Affordable, Avoid Conviction, Free Consultation,” and then lists the website to go to.

    This is part of the problem within all of our public and private sectors. There is a perception that all things are unrelated and that making the decision to have Google place PPC advertising on your blog is not your responsibility. It most definitely is. Not only is your message lost; it is compromised in a very basic way.

    The same applies consistency issues apply to DWI laws. Driving is a privilege, not a right. If you endanger other people, you should lose your privileges. Period. One strike and you’re out. You’d not be able to legally own a gun once you became a felon; why is it okay to hand someone back a one-ton weapon after they misused it?

  2. Although DWI appears to be a very open and shut kind of situation to prove guilt. I’m concerned with the predisposition of Judge Nixon and the statement earlier in this show saying that he can “already” tell they are alcoholics and that they are going to drink in the morning, noon and night. I am not defending the guilty by any measures but it appears his mind is made up before they get there.

  3. Over 2O years ago, a British friend of mine told me that a first time DWI offense in England results in a loss of the offender’s drivers license for ONE YEAR, period, no exceptions! Whether or not this is still true, I don’t know, but WHY is there a reluctance in the USA to make a stiff penalty such as this??? There is no question in my mind that if WE had such a penalty in the USA that there WOULD be plenty of people who would think twice before taking that extra drink. Granted, perhaps this would not be a deterrant for some, esp. alcoholics, but who knows? Besides, there are plenty of offenders who are NOT alcoholic, maybe the majority are not. Part of the problem is that the penalties are not stiff enough or its possible to “get off” with minimal punishment. By enforcing a one year suspension, no exceptions law, we not only would “unclog” the courts with this problem, but perhaps finally have a reason to make people think twice..

  4. Sentence the multiple DUI offenders to prison time with hard labor.

    I guarantee that’ll stop them from doing it again in the future.

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