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AAA survey shows millions of Americas drive while high

A whopping 70 percent of Americans don't think drivers who are high on marijuana will be caught by police.

That's according to a new survey published by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, which showed that an estimated 14.8 million people drove within one hour of using marijuana over the past month.

How can you avoid getting a ticket for excessive window tinting?

Are you considering having your car windows tinted to help shield you and your family from the scorching North Carolina summer heat? Do you just want a little more privacy while you're driving on crowded roads? Maybe you have a medical condition that increases your photosensitivity or makes it necessary to reduce the glare and/or heat in your vehicle.

Whatever the reason, if you add tint to your vehicle's windows, it's essential to know that North Carolina, like other states, has regulations governing how dark and how extensive it can be. The tint can't extend further than 5 inches down the windshield. The tint also can't exceed 32% visible light transmission (VLT). If your tinting doesn't meet those requirements, you can be issued a ticket.

Why are DWI arrests dropping in many parts of North Carolina?

The increasing availability of ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft is at least one reason for the drop in DWI arrests in North Carolina over the past five years -- especially in the state's largest metropolitan areas like Raleigh and Charlotte. That's the conclusion of an investigation by a local Raleigh news team.

An official with Mothers Against Drunk Driving of North Carolina (MADD) agrees. She says, "We do attribute that [decline] to people being able to access...rides."

How is marijuana possession penalized in North Carolina?

The North Carolina Controlled Substances Act describes how marijuana is considered to be a Schedule VI substance in the state. Although the possession of this illicit drug isn't punished as seriously as more addictive ones such as heroin or cocaine, conviction is possible. This is especially the case if you're found guilty of selling or trafficking marijuana.


Tips for safe North Carolina mountain driving

Our many mountain areas are among the natural wonders that make North Carolina one of the most beautiful states to call home. They also draw visitors from all over the country. However, they can be dangerous areas for driving -- regardless of the weather -- if you're not skilled at mountain driving and don't exercise the proper caution.

Of course, snow brings extra challenges to mountain driving. The Blue Ridge Mountains can get hit with significant snowfalls, as can other areas. Aside from taking care not to skid on icy roads, visibility is key. Even if it's sunny and the snow adds extra brightness, make sure your headlights are on so that you can be seen by other drivers. Don't use your high beams. They'll cause extra glare from the snow, and you could blind oncoming drivers.

You may be surprised at what can get you charged with DWI/DUI

Many people think that impaired driving laws apply only when someone is driving a car, truck or commercial vehicle on a public road while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In fact, state DWI/DUI laws can be much broader than that. North Carolina's laws are no exception.

For example, North Carolina courts have determined that "driving" a vehicle can be interpreted as having physical control of it as long as the engine is running. "Physical control" doesn't have to involve having your hands on the wheel.

Dealing with a child who is shoplifting

As summer approaches, many parents are looking for things to keep their kids occupied and out of trouble. One issue that even parents of kids who are relatively problem-free find themselves dealing with is stealing.

When young children take things from stores, they often don't understand that it's wrong. They see something they like -- such as a candy bar or toy -- and grab it. Parents need to begin teaching kids from a young age not to take things that don't belong to them or leave a store with something that hasn't been paid for.

An Award-Winning LawyerFirm founder Dustin R.T. Sullivan has been recognized as one of the leading attorneys in North Carolina. His accolades include:

  • Super Lawyer2017 Rising Star in DWI Defense Super Lawyers of North Carolina
  • Superior DUI Attorney 20162016 Superior DUI Attorney ranking for fourth consecutive year by the National Advocacy for DUI Defense
  • Super Lawyer | Dustin R.T. Sullivan | Selected In 20172016 Public Service Award for Legal Aid of North Carolina
  • 10 Best 2017 | Attorney | Client Satisfaction 2015 10 Best Client Satisfaction Award by the American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • NAFLA2015 Top 10 Ranking by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys
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    • 2014 Top 100 Attorneys in North Carolina by the National Advocacy for DUI Defense
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  • StarNews Media | Finalist for Best Attorney2013 Finalist for Best Attorney in Cape Fear region by Wilmington Star News
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