Find a way to enforce the law
The time has passed for North Carolina to find a better way to enforce its driving while under the influence laws. Lack of staff and funding has put those on the front lines of holding violators accountable in a tight spot.
In District Court this week, charges against a repeat offender were dismissed after months of waiting for blood alcohol test results and several failed attempts to compel a former SBI lab analyst in Raleigh to travel to Haywood County to testify.
The N.C. Attorney General’s office has long identified the need for additional testing capabilities at the Asheville state crime lab, but instead of getting increased funding to make this possible, the legislature cut the budget.
That paved the way for an accused third-time DWI offender to get off with a slap on the wrist and ...