North Carolina has some of the toughest drinking and driving laws in the country. Basically, don’t drink and drive in North Carolina. Anyone in a car with an open bottle of alcohol can be charged, even passengers. Anyone with a blood alcohol level of .08% or higher caught driving will be charged.

Anyone who has been convicted of drinking and driving who gets caught a second time cannot have a blod alcohol level of more than .04%. If someone is caught with a level of .16% or higher, he has to get an ignition interlock device for his vehicle before his license can be reinstated.

If you want to go out for drinks, have a designated driver or catch a cab. Enjoying a glass of wine or a bottle of beer shouldn’t end in sleeping it off in a jail cell.

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