RALEIGH, N.C. – While local police agencies are fighting to keep drunk drivers off of the streets in the interest of public safety, court systems are experiencing a back log. Local courts are finding it difficult to keep up with the number of new cases as North Carolina police amp up their efforts.
It is not unusual to see DWI checkpoints set up around local counties. Road blocks are set up and drivers are stopped. If you are intoxicated, plan on being arrested.
In Raleigh alone, federal grant money topping half a million dollars supports department efforts to man a DWI squad. During just one checkpoint early on a Saturday morning, Raleigh police arrested 18 people for drunk driving in a matter of two and a half hours.
Between January and November last year, police made close to 3,000 DWI arrests. Those numbers were up from 2013 when arrests totaled under 2,000.
Chief Justice Mark Martin is seeking to increase funding for a struggling court system that sees a backlog of DWI cases dating a year or more.
Martin is after $30 million to cover operating costs and increase salaries. Since 2008, operating funds have dropped more than 40 percent. 500 positions have been eliminated throughout the local court systems, and other positions have simply been left empty.
In 2013, courts saw more than 5,500 DWI cases and that number is on the rise.
Although cases continue to pour into the courts, there has been no added manpower and no increase in operating funds. People are doing what they can with limited resources, but the backlog is jamming up the system.
The backlog may be frustrating, but it is proof of one thing: Local police are doing everything in their power to make sure the streets are safe for everyone. If you make the decision to drink and drive, you can expect to get caught at some point. Luck is not on your side.
If you or a loved one has been injured at the hands of an intoxicated driver, you deserve compensation. Call our experienced attorneys for a free consultation as soon as you are able to do so. We are here and ready to work for you. Our attorneys will review your case and determine the best way to move forward. We want you back on your feet. Call us now.