The North Carolina is considering adopting a new campaign to fight a particular vehicular offense – felony speeding to elude arrest. Given the success of the “Click It or Ticket” and “Booze It and Lose It” campaigns and the current political climate, the measure is likely to pass. If so, the new penalty would go into effect on December 1, 2011.
So, what does it mean to be “Done” under the new law? Well, if you are convicted of felony speeding to elude arrest, the state will be able to seize your vehicle and sell it. This penalty is currently reserved for vehicles involved in organized drag racing and those driven by habitual DWI offenders.
If the vehicle is not owned by the driver, the owner gets a free pass, but only one. The second time the same driver commits the felony in the same vehicle the owner will be out of luck. Even alack of knowledge or consent to the operation of the vehicle will not be a defense for the owner in the future, unless the owner has taken all reasonable precautions to prevent the use of the motor vehicle by this particular driver and immediately reports upon discovery any unauthorized use to the appropriate law enforcement agency.
The new campaign is intended to reduce the dangers that are created by high speed chases in our state. There were over 2100 citations issued for such offenses in 2010. While increasing penalties do not always change behavior, we wish the campaign success, for the safety of all.
If you have received a driving citation/ticket, call us to discuss your options. Just mailing in your money is usually not the best solution in terms of the consequences for insurance and future driving privileges. Call us today. We are here to help.
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