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Where will smartphones lead us? Into lampposts

You have heard of distracted driving, but did know that distracted walking is becoming a problem?

There are reports from Salzburg, Austria that the city is surrounding municipal lampposts with the equivalent of car airbags to prevent injuries to people walking into them. The culprit? People's smartphones.

Fighting back against DWI charges

Conviction on DWI charges for alcohol intoxication in North Carolina require that the prosecution prove you had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. BAC evidence often comes from breath testing via Breathalyzer or Intoxilyzer devices.

DWI convictions can mean serious short- and long-term ramifications, so simply having a BAC or .08 or more absolutely doesn't mean that you should "roll over without a fight." You should fight vigorously against any criminal charge to minimize the consequences you could face.

Starting a conversation with your kid about drinking

With little kids, there are little problems. Big kids – big problems, the saying goes. Parents of teenagers would have to agree. Driving and experimentation with alcohol can lead to a myriad of issues that put your child and others in danger.

Talking to your kids about alcohol can be one of the hardest conversations to start. But parents have the ability to equip their children with the knowledge to make good decisions. This could prevent accidents and arrests for underage drinking and driving, laying the groundwork for a bright future.