NC DWI Drivers May See New, Stricter Laws
The bill comes at the behest of Michelle Armstrong, whose 17-year-old daughter was killed on July 25, 2010, when she got into an accident with a car driven by a driver with multiple convictions for driving while intoxicated. The driver is now awaiting trial on a second-degree murder charge for the crash. At the time of the accident, he was on probation for a previous DWI conviction.
Rep. Tim Moore, R-Cleveland, filed the bill, which would increase the minimum sentence for repeat offenders from 30 days to 120 days. It would also increase the maximum penalty from eight months to three years, and fines would be increased from $4,000 to $10,000.
Our deepest sympathies are the mother of the victim at this time, as well as with anyone who knows the anguish that comes when losing a loved one to drunk driving. We are heartened by this bill, however, because it is truly an idea whose time has come. DWI and DUI offenses need to punished more severely in order to prevent fatal and injurious accidents.
If you lost someone close to you because of a drunk driver, contact our firm to discuss your case. Criminal court is not the only place that such a driver can be held responsible for their actions. We may be able to obtain compensation for you in civil court as well, paying for injuries you received in an accident, or the wrongful death of your family member.