Missing Mile's Independent Voice

Drunk Driving: Over the limit under arrest

In Public Service Announcement on October 4, 2009 at 9:46 am
This billboard and LED display at the Main and Paper intersection serve as reminders of North Carolina Highway Patrol's DUI and DWI Zero Tolerance Week.

This billboard and LED display at the Main and Paper intersection serve as reminders of North Carolina Highway Patrol's DUI and DWI Zero Tolerance Week.

Just one drink before before operating a vehicle is all it will take to receive a traffic citation in conjunction with North Carolina Highway Patrol’s DUI and DWI Zero Tolerance Week.

“We are iniating an immediate campaign agianst all indviduals who have a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of 0.03 or higher in their system,” warned NCHP Lieutenant Richard Ceriano.

Anyone found behind the wheel or handlebars with a BAC of 0.03-0.07 will be charged with DUI and those with a BAC of 0.08 or more will be charged with DWI and face jail time. In addition, drivers under 21 must blow a BAC of 0.00 in accordance with the legal drinking age or face possible jail time and license suspension or revocation.
“The average standard alcoholic beverage which we all know the one beer to yadda yadda will raise a persons BAC anywheres from 0.02 to 0.05 and it takes an average of 1.5 to 2 hours for a person to remove that much alcohol from their body”

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“The average standard alcoholic beverage will raise a persons BAC anywhere from 0.03 to 0.05 and it takes an average of 1.5 to 2 hours for a person to remove that much alcohol from their body,” explained Lt. Ceriano.

This initiative was implemented after NCHP lost one of their own due to the inherent carelessness of a drunk driver.  Trooper Kevin S. Jackson was assisting a disabled car on the Interstate’s shoulder when he was struck and killed by an oncoming SUV. Said driver recorded a BAC of 0.16 .

Unfortunately, this is far from an isolated incident. “In all of North Carolina there has been a recent increase in the number of accidents that involved substance abuse,” said Lt. Ceriano.

The lack of taxi service in Missing Mile will not serve as an excuse when it comes time to leave the party as Lt. Ceriano offers a couple of safe, legal alternatives.

“If you are going to drink, I suggest walking in groups together, hang out or sleep over at the persons house.  Remember, if you are in your car on the road, even if it is parked, it will still end in a DUI or DWI charge.”

Lt. Ceriano and Trooper Romeo Staheli will be enforcing the Zero Tolerance Week in Missing Mile beginning Saturday, October 3rd and ending Saturday, October 10th.

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  1. Good To Know. As Someone Who Has Previously Faced Problems With The Limit, It is Good Information To Know That Things Have Been Tightened.

  2. I’m glad you found the provided information helpful. Best of luck to you and your driving record in the future. Better yet, don’t leave it to luck just don’t drink and drive!

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