Drunk driving crashes in the U.S. claim 29 lives every day and cost the economy about $44 billion each year. Motorists with blood alcohol concentrations of .08 percent or higher are considered impaired in North Carolina and the other states, but this figure is far too high according to the National Transportation Safety Board and a growing number of advocacy groups. The NTSB has long called for the drunk driving threshold to be reduced to .05 percent to bring it more into line with the laws of other developed nations, but Utah is the only state that has actually taken this step.
Jayson Werth, who played as a former outfielder on the Washington Nationals, was detained on suspicion of driving under the influence. Baseball fans in North Carolina may recall that Werth was trying to get on the Seattle Mariners at the time of the alleged incident. He retired from baseball two months after the alleged DUI occurred.
A North Carolina resident physician was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving in Morganton on Aug. 26. As a result, the man was suspended from his job.
A North Carolina man was taken into custody on July 14 for allegedly driving while under the influence. According to reports, the 36-year-old man was traveling on U.S. 321 in the area near Hardin Road at about 5 a.m. when a trooper clocked his speed at 88 mph.