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Old 05-26-2013, 03:52 PM
 
Location: The 12th State
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Patrick J Willis allegedly struck four patrol cars parked for traffic duty for the Coca Cola 600 NASCAR race around 3:27 p.m. Saturday. They said he hit the raised concrete curb at the top of the ramp and struck the cars when he crossed northbound U.S. 29. NC man drives drunk with child, hits four patrol cars | MyFOX8.com

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Old 05-27-2013, 09:57 AM
 
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I read this yesterday. Shame. Even bigger shame that he got let go with such a small unsecured bond. He could have killed somebody. No incentive to not do it again.
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Old 05-27-2013, 01:51 PM
 
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He will get his incentive not to do it again when he sees the judge......let him simmer and sweat untill then .Cops get pretty mad when some drunk messes up their cars.
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Old 05-27-2013, 05:44 PM
 
Location: Charlotte Metro Area
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I hate to be a "they do it better up North" guy, but New York State has "Leandra's Law", which led to "Aggravated DWI". It's now a Class E Felony in NY, which is a minimum 18 month license revocation, at least $1200 in fines, and up to four years in jail.

We need to have something like that here in NC.

What is "Leandra's Law"?

Leandra's Law was signed into law on November 18, 2009 in honor of Leandra Rosado. Leandra was an 11-year old killed while she rode in a vehicle with the intoxicated mother of one of her friends. In response to this tragedy, the NYS Legislature made several changes to the Vehicle and Traffic Law (VTL). The law strengthened the penalties against motorists who drink and drive, and requires that:
  • A person sentenced for Driving While Intoxicated on or after August 15, 2010 have an ignition interlock device installed on any vehicle they own or operate, and
  • the driver have an "ignition interlock" restriction added to their driver license.
See additional information about Leandra's Law at the NYS Governor's Traffic Safety Committee Alcohol, Drugs and DWI page.
What are the different parts of Leandra's Law and what are the penalties for conviction?

Leandra's Law includes the following provisions:
"Aggravated DWI/Child in Vehicle." The law establishes this new Class E Felony. The law states that no person shall operate a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs while a child who is 15 years of age or younger is a passenger in the vehicle.

Ignition Interlock Requirement. A court must sentence a person convicted of either Aggravated DWI/Child in Vehicle or Aggravated DWI/Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of .18 or More to a period of probation or to a conditional discharge. The court must require the installation and use of an ignition interlock device in any motor vehicle owned or operated by a person convicted under this law. The ignition interlock device must remain in the vehicle for at least six months.
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Old 05-27-2013, 09:12 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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I read this yesterday. Shame. Even bigger shame that he got let go with such a small unsecured bond. He could have killed somebody. No incentive to not do it again.
Agreed.

And, nobody who is watching this scenario has any incentive not to drink & drive, either.
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Old 05-28-2013, 06:26 AM
 
Location: The 12th State
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You gotta be drunk if you hit troopers cars. DWI is typically a misdemeanor and sounds like that what the magistrate determine bond on but hitting pedestrains (this time troopers and car seem like magistrate should have bonded under a felony.
When this driver does go to court the sentence will be base if this person had any priors.
They will probably have a lawyer but hopefully the judge will be firm.
My hats off to HP for their brave service.

Other Memorial Day weekend horrible accidents this person hit and ran, his wreck killed two people. Police: Driver in wreck that killed 2 charged with DWI, 5 other - WBTV 3 News, Weather, Sports, and Traffic for Charlotte, NC

Last night those living in park road area may have experience power outage from a fiery wreck caused by a driver looking down at his phone.
Road reopens, power back on after truck hits power pole - WBTV 3 News, Weather, Sports, and Traffic for Charlotte, NC
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