Habitual DWI Offenders May Get A 5th Chance

If passed, House Bill 1185 would put habitual drunk drivers back on the roads provided they meet certain standards.

The person must have a clean record for the past 10 years and they can not have alcohol in their blood while driving for the next seven years.

As of now, once you get a fourth conviction for drunk driving you lose your license for life. But this bill would allow those convicted four times to be able to seek a permit from the Division of Motor Vehicles.

The bill passed the Senate by a vote of 25-20 and is expected to be voted on in the House sometime this week.

"I think it sends the wrong message," says Beaufort County District Attorney Seth Edwards, "When a person has demonstrated not once, not twice, not three times but four times, they have been convicted of driving while impaired. That's a serious safety issue for the citizens of North Carolina."

Edwards goes on to say,"For that person to be given another opportunity to get his or her license back in my opinion would endanger the law abiding citizens of this state."

The News And Observer quotes the sponsor of the bill, Ronnie Sutton, as saying, "This is something to allow a person who has had a real problem to straighten their lives out and hopefully find themselves on the straight and narrow."

"I love baseball," Edwards said, "And if you foul the fourth one off you get the fourth pitch. But if you have three strikes your out in my opinion."


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  • by Rick Location: Zebulon on Nov 26, 2009 at 04:44 AM
    Listen up MADD and all of you self-rightous persons who by the way have your own skeletons in your closets. It's real easy to judge others and talk about them never getting a license however our current system paroles murderers after serving twenty years and sex offenders in less time. How stupid are you to even compare DWI to either of these crimes? Many repeat DWI offenders have never even been in an accident. I truly beleive this law should pass for the simple reason that it is impossible to support yourself much less your family without a drivers license. I would love each of you to leave your vehicle at home for three days and go on with your regular everyday life...it can't be done. PAROLE us and keep the murderers for life stupid.. By the way as long as there are motor vehicles there will be deaths.
  • by JAMES Location: BURLINGTON on Jul 28, 2009 at 04:05 PM
    She signed the bill yesterday
  • by john Location: raliegh on Jul 23, 2009 at 09:49 PM
    Those of you who rushed to alarm the house that theyre making a big mistake dont read headlines very well. All of the DWI related deaths Ive ever heard of are caused by an UNLICENSED drunk driver.Do you all think that a permanant revoked license is going to stop drinking and driving deaths?I think by reading some of the comments people are very ignorant to alcohol addiction. A current drunk doesnt care about consequences. Someone who has been sober and no police record for 10 years has obviously made changes in their life for the better. Yeah I think if they didnt cause a loss of life,..they should get another chance after 10 years. Why hold a man down when hes trying to do better? No one in here has made only 4 mistakes. Nobodys that perfect. I hope it becomes a law. It would be a mistake if it didnt.
  • by j ray Location: nc on Jul 17, 2009 at 10:46 PM
    i have been with out drivers licence for 16 years .could have got them back 12years ago with a blow. box too much money i have a disapled wife and my mom is 72 i need to help them
  • by Madd Member Location: Beaufort NC on Jul 14, 2009 at 07:42 PM
    Kenneth Michael Griffin from Charlotte has had numerous DWI's and is still driving on a suspended license and looks like now he'll be driving drunk again but lawfully this time
  • by Dick Location: Chocowinity on Jul 14, 2009 at 01:40 PM
    If you haven't figured it out yet, listen up. If someone has 4 DUI they have been sent to re-hab at least 3 times. It is safe to assume that re-hab didn't work and will not work. Jerk their license for life and take a threat to others off the road. Frankly I don't give a D--- if they kil only themselves, but normally thae take inocent people with them.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 14, 2009 at 08:13 AM
    Before a trial, innocent until roven guilty, Beafurt County judges need a lesson in DUE PROCESS
  • by CoCo Location: Emerald Isle on Jul 13, 2009 at 05:15 PM
    Driving is a privilege, not a right. If you get 4 DUI's, then you lose your privilege. Simple. No 5th time is a charm?
  • by carteret on Jul 13, 2009 at 05:05 PM
    its a carteret county thing
  • by Crazy Crazy on Jul 13, 2009 at 02:35 PM
    I guess they have actully got to kill a bus load before they do anything about it now days. Its sick, and the people need help and need to stay off the road. WHY keep letting them put others in harms way? Might as well put alll the children on the highway to take naps. That is how close it is to kiling every time a person drinks and drives!!!!!! THis is NUTS.
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