Repeat DWI Offenders Could Get NC Licenses Back

Repeat drunken-drivers in North Carolina who get their license revoked could get their permit back after a clean criminal and traffic record for 10 years in legislation approved by the Senate.

The measure approved Wednesday would allow a person convicted of
habitual impaired driving to ask the Division of Motor Vehicles to
get reinstated.

Motorists who obtain their license again can't have alcohol in their blood while driving for the next seven years.

Sen. Dan Blue of Wake County said motorists whose licenses are
revoked for other reasons already have processes to get them
restored. But Sen. Tony Rand of Cumberland County said it's not
right to give these offenders another chance.

The bill was approved 25-20 and now returns to the House.


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  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Jul 10, 2009 at 03:16 PM
    TO ANON, How many city buses and cab companies you got in Wallace?
  • by DWI Location: NC on Jul 10, 2009 at 11:48 AM
    Maybe since they are model citizens they will give them a job with Highway Patrol.
  • by Bill Location: Jamesville on Jul 10, 2009 at 11:40 AM
    Will this mean that DWI drivers that have KILLED PEOPLE will get to KILL again if they have kept their records clean?
  • by anon Location: wallace on Jul 10, 2009 at 06:05 AM
    TO CHRIS,it just isn't getting a dwi,it is about someone innocent getting hurt or killed by stupid people that have nothing better to do than drive while impaired. you knew it when yopu done it,it was wrong then why should anyone have 4 chances before they are considered habitual!it only takes one time to kill someone.even yourself.i disagree,you know right from wrong to start with then you suffer the judgement from the court.deal with it.how many times did you drive while impaired before you got caught? this is the easiest crime not to commit, so why are so many stupid people still doing it??a plastic card will not stop anyone from driving if the state takes it away,you have to stop yourself,and if someone has had 4 dwi's,they have already shown that they can't follow the law.let em walk,take a bus,cab, what they should have done before they got behind a wheel.alot who support this law never have been to where a family of 5 were killed and the drunk driver lived!! this will so stupid!
  • by ace Location: plymouth on Jul 10, 2009 at 05:53 AM
    And what happens when they celerbate, get drunk and kill someone. If they do this we need to procute the idiot(s) that said lets give then their license back after 10 years. It was against the law when they got caught. It was a miricle they did not kill anyone. Give them another chance to kill, I hope it will not be one of my family members. If the truth be known there is a politician what want to drive after he has been caught.
  • by anon Location: wallace on Jul 10, 2009 at 05:51 AM
    it doesn't nmatter if they give them back to them or not , they will drive anyway. if they lost their license for dwi and can getthem back in ten years, you tell me how many are still goingto drive in those ten years? 98% of them. this will not work and should not work. they now know that they can be rewarded for bad behavior. i hope this doesn't pass. this is stupid up in perdue -ville. i guess now if you rob a bank youcan get the money after good behavior after ten years of not robbing anymore banks!!! stupid!!1 stupid!!!1 stupid!!!! vote em out!
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Jul 9, 2009 at 01:42 PM
    I say, having experienced a DWI, if you have a wreck that causes bodily harm or death to another person NO they should not have their license back. If it is vehicle stops that accumulate the DWI's, and their are no aggrivating circumstances with any of them and the 10 year span is clean, then YES give them back. It is hard enough to get around without a car in the rural areas of Eastern NC, and public transportation systems will never be up to what it needs to be b/c Eastern NC is not very metropolitan. Having the knowledge to operate a car, but resisting the temptation to do it illegally is very great. Those who resist should get rewarded. A license is a privilege, and if good faith and a persistence to do good over a long period is shown... It should be rewarded. I have been stopped once in 3 yrs since my DWI,and that was for a seatbelt, AND I only drink sparingly at home now. I learned my lesson, and people for whom it takes a little longer, should have a similar opportunity.
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Jul 9, 2009 at 01:15 PM
    I do beleive in second chances, however, when a person has a history of drunk driving charges (lets say at least 5 or 6), that should permanently revoke their licenses for life. After a second offense, I would go with a 1 year ban, then have them under that 10 year probation after that. The reason why I say a 1 year ban is that when a person goes that long without being able to drive, then they would realize they do not want to have revoked licenses again, and will most likely not do it ever again. For the ones that end up killing someone, that is a different ball game. To ECU alum, at least your husband probably has learned from the DWI's, which is a good thing. After all, people do change. I as an ECU alum also with a Masters as well, not going for PhD (education done), used to be a bad and cocky kid when I was in Middle School and got into trouble a bit, but now matured a lot from those days. People change. To Whaaaaa, I expect ECU alum does not expect any sympathy from you at all.
  • by the real problem.. Location: greenville on Jul 9, 2009 at 11:32 AM
    if someone goes 10 yrs w/o an offense- i think its fine to give them a second chance. the real problem is that it is so difficult to convict someone of a dwi. the lawyers plead almost every single case, including re-offenses, to a lesser charge. i don't believe there should be any plea downs for dwi's. let the lawyers earn their money another way.
  • by W Location: Greenville on Jul 9, 2009 at 10:14 AM
    This is stupid. Take away the DL forever!
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