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Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over: Labor Day Edition

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently publicizing their Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign. Additionally, law enforcement agencies in North Carolina and across the nation will be stepping up efforts to catch and deter drunk drivers during the Labor Day weekend. Unfortunately, the Labor Day holiday weekend is frequently associated with a spike in injury causing and fatal crashes involving drunk drivers. According to the NHTSA, during the Labor Day holidays from 2011 to 2015, more than 750 people were killed in drunk driving crashes. 

Wrong-Way Crash Involving Semi Trucks

On Monday night, a wrong-way crash involving multiple cars and two semi trucks sent at least two people to the hospital. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on I-40, near the Wiggins Road exit. Initial reports indicate that 42-year-old Kristen Williams got on I-40 going the wrong way. She was headed east in the westbound lanes. She struck a semi truck head-on, another semi truck and a pickup truck. Although Williams is listed in critical condition at the hospital, she has been charged with DWI. 

Former Crew Chief Kohuth Cops Plea Deal

Former Nascar Ultra Motorsports pit crew chief, Timothy Kohuth, 49, pleaded guilty to 2nd Degree Murder last week in Iredell County Superior Court. As a result, he will spend at least the next 9 years in jail. The maximum he could serve is 12 years. The plea deal arises out of the fatal crash Kohuth caused in 2008. 

Laura Fortenberry's Death Should Lead Lawmakers To Change North Carolina Law

The recent death of a Gaston County teenager, Laura Fortenberry, age 17, should lead North Carolina lawmakers to change the current law regarding how long a convicted drunk driver must wear an ankle alcohol monitoring bracelet.

Winston-Salem Jury Awards $6 Million Against Sports Bar & Drunk Driver

A wrongful death claim brought by a Forsyth County, North Carolina widow on behalf of her deceased husband recently resulted in a $6,000,000 jury verdict. The case is Roadway Express and Constance Sue Horn, Individually and as Administratrix of the Estate of Mark Joseph Horn v. Mickey Joe Hayes and The Inzone, Inc.

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