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March 2015 Archives

Drowsy driving in North Carolina

North Carolina drivers who operate a vehicle at any time while drowsy or sleepy dramatically increase their chances of being involved in an accident, according to a report released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Drinking, use of sedative medications and age may all play roles in increasing the likelihood of a drowsy-driving accident. Young males, graveyard-shift workers and people with untreated sleep disorders such as sleep apnea may be at higher risk than the general population.

Accused drunk driver kills youth counselor in accident

On March 13, 2015, North Carolina police in Durham were planning a meeting in the District Attorney's Office to decide whether to go forward with more charges against a 41-year-old Durham man responsible for a fatal car crash that killed a 53-year-old youth counselor. The drunk driver was going southbound on Fayetteville Road when he struck the counselor's car from behind, causing him to go into oncoming traffic. A local woman was also hit in the crash.

Intoxicated driver involved in North Carolina crash

Drinking and driving is a dangerous combination, especially when accidents result in serious or fatal injuries to other drivers. Such was the case on Nov. 4, 2012, when a 54-year-old pickup truck driver was operating her vehicle with a blood-alcohol concentration of .10 percent, .02 percent above the legal limit in North Carolina. When the intoxicated driver approached a red stoplight at a Wilmington intersection, she proceeded to go through and strike another vehicle.

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