Local motorists continue to drink and drive, in spite of recent deaths at the hands of drunk drivers. During a brief 4 hour check point Sunday night on South Boulevard near Westinghouse Boulevard, police arrested 11 people for Driving While Impaired, 8 for driving with a revoked license, 53 for driving with no license, and 1 for marijuana possession. Similarly, a brief check point held Saturday night at West W.T. Harris Boulevard and Old Statesville Road resulted in 10 arrests for Driving While Impaired.
Recent, highly publicized deaths involving drunk driving, do not seem to be a deterrent to the Charlotte motorists who continue to drink and drive. In July, we saw the tragic death of Charlotte teen, Laura Fortenberry. The minor was killed by Howard Pasour, who had 2 prior DWI comvictions, and open containers of alcohol in his vehicle when he killed Fortenberry. October saw the death of family man Daniel Herring, killed by Kevin O’Hagan who had 6 prior DWI convictions. And just 3 days ago, Gaston County’s Christopher Todd Pruitt, a 5 time DWI convict, was again arrested for DWI. Fortunately for the driving public, he didn’t have to kill anyone to get arrested.
We have previously reported that in North Carolina Department of Transportation’s 2 weeks “Booze It & Lose It” program, police arrested almost 3,300 drivers statewide for Driving While Impaired. Obviously, police are doing their job. So, why do North Carolinians continue to ignore drinking and driving laws?
A 2 year old boy was mauled by his grandmother’s pit bull last week in Robbinsville, North Carolina. According to the local sheriff, the little boys was playing in his grandmother’s yard while 5 of her pit bulls were running free.
The toddler suffered bits to his neck, stomach and legs, and is in Mission Hospital in critical condition.
Police say that felony child abuse charges could be issued.
Just three days later, a 2 year old boy in Henderson, Texas was fatally mauled by his grandfather’s pit bull. This little boy had also been playing in his grandfather’s yard when the pit bull, who had been chained to a tree, committed the fatal attack.
The district attorney’s office is continuing their investigation. A similar attack in the same county resulted in a conviction for criminally negligent homicide, as well as a successful civil suit for money damages against the dog’s owner.
It seems that far too often, we read about gruesome injuries inflicted by pit bull attacks. The truth is, any dog can attack, even the beloved family pet. The lesson in these two cases is that a young child should never be left alone with a dog. With breeds such as pit bulls, North Carolina law allows the owner of such an animal to be held responsible for knowing the general propensities of the breed.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a dog bite, call the dog bite attorneys at Auger & Auger. It is important that immediate investigation be conducted to determine identification of the dog and its owner. Your consultation is free.
Just in time for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, the Governor’s Highway Safety Program (GHSP), in conjunction with North Carolina State Highway Patrol, will begin its “No Need 2 Speed” program.
Aimed at cracking down on speeders, this program runs until November 28. According to GHSP, there were 472 North Carolinians that were killed last year in speed related accidents.
According to AAA and HIS Global Insight, 94% of the estimated 42 million people traveling this Thankgsgiving weekend will be driving. Please remember to buckle up and adhere to posted speed limits.