Decreasing incidents of driving under the influence is a priority for lawmakers and law enforcement in every state. In North Carolina, several tactics are used to prevent driving under the influence. These strategies include criminalizing driving under the influence, monitoring people at higher risk of committing the crime, increasing law enforcementpresence in certain areas and mass communication campaigns. These strategies can result in DUI arrests and charges.
Strategy #1: Driving Under the Influence Laws
The main strategy used across the country to prevent drinking and driving is making laws that state it is illegal to drive under the influence. The “legal limit” nationwide is 0.08% blood alcohol level. However, drivers under 21 must maintain a blood alcohol level of zero.
Strategy #2: Sobriety Checkpoints
Another strategy used is sobriety checkpoints. Sobriety checkpoints are permitted in North Carolina and can take place anywhere, at any time. While breath tests are not always given at these stops, drivers may be given breath tests at these checkpoints if the officer stopping them believes they may be intoxicated.
Some DUI consequences aim to prevent future incidents
If someone is found guilty of a DUI, North Carolina may impose consequences aimed at both punishing the offender and at preventing the crime from reoccurring. This could include mandatory treatment or classes, license restrictions, fines, or other punishments. In cases where a driver has a very high BAC, an ignition interlock device could also be required. Those accused of driving under the influence in North Carolina should work with a lawyer to understand the possible consequences and defenses available in their cases.