Habitual Drunk Drivers Could Get Second Chance

The North Carolina Legislature has agreed that repeat drunken-drivers should get a chance one day to have their license restored.

The House agreed 88-28 on Wednesday to create a procedure whereby someone convicted of habitual impaired driving can ask the
Division of Motor Vehicles to get reinstated.

The Senate already approved the measure, which now goes to Gov.
Beverly Perdue's desk.

The applicant for a revoked license would need a clean criminal and traffic record for 10 years. If approved, the person must drive for the next seven years without any alcohol in their blood.

Bill sponsor Rep. Ronnie Sutton of Robeson County says some people who make a series of mistakes in their lives should be given the chance to get back on the road.


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  • by Drinking Licenses $5.00 Location: eastern, NC on Aug 2, 2009 at 09:06 PM
    I beleive the state should pass the second chance law for people after 10yrs because. We attacked the driver and not the driver problem. A Drunk can be anyone at anytimes. Starting today it could be You. So A Drunk is not scared to Drive once He drinks. But he is scared Like drug addict to lose his alcohol drinking freedom once he is drinking. SO lest take away his right to Drink & still be able to drive. Of course some people will find away to get alcohol, but not from a Big sign right on Main Street USA. 1.. What we need is a law saying you have to have a license to drink. 2. so if you have a DWI you can't buy alcohol because your drinking license has been revoked for a peroid of time. 3. If you buy alcolhol for that person you lose you drinking license and may be still you driver license for a period of time 4. People who lost their license 4 times can't get driver licenses for 10yrs and after recieving driver licenses, no drinkng licenses for 7 more yrs. there after.
  • by veterean vietnam Location: New Bern on Aug 2, 2009 at 08:11 PM
    I'm a veteran who suffered PSTD without knowledge, who had a drug & Drinking problem when in Vietnam. Later I recieved a BS in Archictectural Technology in New York. I Have 4yrs. experience as an Archictectural Draftsman under Licensed Architects and Federal engineeers at Ft. Hamilton VA Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. I Returned home to recieve great racism. I Recieved a Job & was Told that I was over Qualified as an Archictectural Draftman & I was let go the same day I started the job. No I didn't drink then. I was followed around when ever I applied to other Archictectural Firms, By the local law enforcement which triggered my drinking problem, which was NEVER taken care of, a Black soldier. It wasn't until I recieved The Lord Jesus Christ as my Higher Power that I am 11 to 12yrs. Clean from Drugs and Drinking(Alcohol).I've Been to Dart Program, accessment, NA, AA, alcohol school & Long term Treatment. DON'T I DESERVE another Chance. I was drafted into war for my Country, Help Me.
  • by An elder Location: does it matter on Aug 1, 2009 at 10:48 PM
    The new law is fair, especially for people who never killed or injuried anyone while driving, while people who do not drink still kill poeple with their cars as well as cell phone users, especially texting on phones. Should your sons, daughters lose their licenses forever, if someone gets, (god forbid) killed on our dangerous highways, can all deaths on the highway be linked too drunk drivers. Younger drivers kill alot of people on the highway, not just drunks. Do we take away a person only means to support themselves if they have learned their lesson. What about Our soldiers who have mental war problems (PST) who need help but only recieve a bottle of whiskey, when returning home from war and becomes a drunk on the highway. Does he or her deserve another chance. Who will pay the bill for these people we put in prisons. It cost about $66,500 a year for 1 person. How will they get to work after prison, if they can't drive will you take them to the doctor, get food, shopping etc..
  • by Buzz Location: MillCreek on Jul 18, 2009 at 05:44 AM
    A young lady just killed a pedestrian earlier this week in New Bern while intoxicated. She was out on bail from a prior DUI, should she get more chances, NOT ON YOUR LIFE, because that's what it might cost. People that take thier drinking on the road are killers. Buzz-
  • by Loves Coldplay Location: Greenville on Jul 16, 2009 at 11:05 PM
    I agree 100% with everybody on this forum; I couldn't believe this bill might pass when I saw it on the WB 10:00 news, I hope it won't pass, I'm liberal, not on drunks!
  • by Aunt B Location: Greenville on Jul 16, 2009 at 01:59 PM
    NO.....NO....NO!!!!
  • by Nancy Location: Washington on Jul 16, 2009 at 01:02 PM
    I totally agree with Lib! We MUST find a way to stop these drunk idiots from getting behind the wheel over and over and over again.
  • by This is disgusting! Location: HC on Jul 16, 2009 at 11:56 AM
    Drunk drivers do deserve to loose their licenses permanently when they've shown complete disregard for other lives and the law 4 times. Having been involved in a head on car accident caused by someone (also a repeat offender) who had enjoyed themselves just a little to much that evening(blew a .33 on the breatholizer) I personally beleive 4 is to may chances. These people get in their cars with no concern for anyone else and possibly kill. Car accidents resulting in death by a drunk driver should be a murder charge. Still really not fair even being charged with murder they could see what was coming unlike the innocent people riding along with their families to be run down by a drunk driver. This is disgusting. How could our government pass this? Maybe none of them will meet up on the road with someone they just helped get their license back.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 16, 2009 at 11:29 AM
    Oh, that's terrific! Let 'em get a second chance to jeopardize someone else's life. I think they should stiffen the penalties for drunk drivers. My son's father has a pending DWI case gained the same night he socked me in the eye, giving me a nice shiner. Guess what! He drinks and drives every other night. Sure, give him the chance to ruin somebody's life by killing or maiming them due to his stupidity. Then he would be the one to walk away unscathed...I work in corrections and I am fed up with the bs that most CRIMINALS get away with. I have lost a friend to a drunk driver's idiocracy and where is the drunk driver??? On his porch drinking beer every weekend while my friend is in a whole at the back of someone's corn field...WHERE's HIS SECOND CHANCE?
  • by NoChance Location: kinston on Jul 16, 2009 at 11:02 AM
    Let ask the mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters of those killed by drunk drivers still on the Road. let them cast their vote on the second chance
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