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Drunk Driving Fatalities on the Rise

Drunk Driving Fatalities Continue to Rise. Learn what North Carolina lawmakers are doing to address the issue.

Drunk Driving Fatalities Continue to Rise

When drunk drivers are caught behind the wheel, they face jail sentences, extensive court costs, and may lose their license. Lawmakers have strengthened penalties for drunk driving in recent years, but impaired driving fatalities continue to rise. Most recent records indicate North Carolina’s drunk-driving fatality rate climbs approximately 12% each year. Some counties see higher increases. For instance, in 2011 there were 14 alcohol-related fatalities in Wake County. In 2012, the number rose to 30.

Lawmakers Seek a Remedy

Before the end of the 2015 legislative session, House Bill 61 was introduced. The bill was tabled for reconsideration in 2016, but experts predict it will pass this year. House Bill 61 and other measures propose the following modifications to North Carolina’s driving while impaired laws:

Current Law

Proposed Modification

  • Drivers who have a BAC equal to or greater than .15 must have an ignition-interlock system installed in their vehicle

  • All individuals convicted for driving while impaired must have an ignition-interlock system installed

  • Individuals convicted for a DWI offense cannot operate a vehicle with a BAC higher than .04 for three years after their conviction

  • Individuals convicted for a DWI offense cannot operate a vehicle with any amount of alcohol in their system

Hold Drunk Drivers Accountable

If you were injured by a drunk driver, then you may be able to recover damages for your injuries. An experienced car accident attorney can help you obtain compensation for medical costs, lost wages, and other damages. Thorp Law fights vigorously for victims of impaired driving accidents. Our team of lawyers and investigators will work vigorously to build your case so you can recover.