DRIVERS UNDER THE AGE OF 18 MAY NOT USE A MOBILE TELEPHONE Starting on December 1, 2006, it became illegal for a person under the age of 18 to use a mobile phone while operating a motor vehicle on a public road in North Carolina, regardless of whether the phone is hands-free. However, there are…

JIM BLACK’S “ALFORD PLEA”: WHAT DOES IT MEAN? by Allen Brotherton Former NC House Speaker, Rep. Jim Black, entered a guilty plea to bribery and obstruction of justice charges in a state courtroom in Raleigh last week.  After pleading guilty, Black sat and listened while an SBI investigator testified about payments by Black to former…

PRESERVE YOUR CDL by Allen Brotherton For many people, the ability to drive what is known as a commercial motor vehicle is essential to earning a living. Therefore, it is critically important that they understand the many ways this privilege, indicated by the holding of a Commercial Driver License (“CDL”), can be taken away by…

Tires Screeching-Crash-Glass Breaking-Sirens: Now What Do I Do? by Lisa Godfrey We all pass accidents every day or watch the evening news and look with wonder and horror at the crushed cars, ambulances loading the injured, and the wreckers hauling cars away. The news media shows the details on the evening news and in the…

DO WE REALLY APPLY THE PRESUMPTION OF INNOCENCE? We all pay lip service to the idea that a person accused of a crime is presumed to be innocent. But do we really mean it? The weight of public opinion concerning the recent accusations against the Duke University lacrosse team, Barry Bonds, and Michael Vick seems…

New Study Finds Most Common Reasons for Serious Truck Accidents Nearly 3.5 million truck drivers fill America’s roads and serve as an integral part of the nation’s economy. Unfortunately, however, because of the prevalence and size of commercial trucks, truck accidents pose a significant risk to other motorists and pedestrians. The most recent data available…

NTSB Recommends Total Ban on Driver Cellphone Use The National Transportation Safety Board has recently announced its most sweeping recommendation yet with regard to cellphone use by drivers, calling for the devices to be banned completely for anyone operating a motor vehicle. Ban Would Expand Current Restrictions The recent recommendation is the latest in a…

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