Traffic Blog

A Scanner Darkly: New Tracking Technology Comes to Raleigh
A Scanner Darkly: New Tracking Technology Comes to Raleigh Howard Kurtz - 9/26/2014 Although not expressly mentioned in the Constitution, the right to privacy is considered by many to be one of the most fundamental rights we have as American citizens. While technological advancements can make our lives easier, they can also make it easier for our privacy to be infringed upon. When does effective use of technology by law enforcement cross the line?
Federal Lawsuit Could Mean Big Changes to DMV Medical Evaluation Program
Federal Lawsuit Could Mean Big Changes to DMV Medical Evaluation Program Howard Kurtz - 8/29/2014 When people think of fun activities, a trip to the Department of Motor Vehicles would likely be far down on the list. Dealing with the DMV can be a hassle at the best of times, but most people take comfort in the fact that it is something that they rarely have to do. Unfortunately, disabled people who find themselves enrolled in the DMV's Medical Evaluation Program do not have that luxury. Howard Kurtz explains why that might be changing.
Underage Drinking: More Trouble Than You Might Expect
Underage Drinking: More Trouble Than You Might Expect Howard Kurtz - 8/22/2014 Although it is widely known that it is illegal for someone younger than 21 years old to purchase alcohol, many people may not be aware that it is also illegal for minors to consume alcohol. Parents may think that because the consumption is occurring within the home and under supervision, everything is OK. Sadly, as one local family has recently found out, this is not the case.
How the "Selfie" Generation is Destroying the DWI Checkpoint
How the "Selfie" Generation is Destroying the DWI Checkpoint Howard Kurtz - 7/3/2014 It is an image that has long been familiar to the criminal justice system - a long line of cars queued up to pass through a DWI checkpoint. DWI checkpoints have long been important tools for law enforcement to detect and deter people who might drink and drive. Yet social media such as Twitter and Facebook are making this mission more difficult. Howard Kurtz comments on how the rise of social media is lessening the effectiveness of the DWI checkpoint.
Keeping it Together: When do You Qualify for a Limited Driving Privilege
Keeping it Together: When do You Qualify for a Limited Driving Privilege Howard Kurtz - 5/30/2014 Even the best of us make mistakes, but sometimes those mistakes can lead to heavy license consequences if they take place behind the wheel of a vehicle. What is a person to do if they find themselves with a suspended license? This helpful overview of limited driving privileges might answer some questions.
Order in the Court! Tips on How to Act While on the Witness Stand
Order in the Court! Tips on How to Act While on the Witness Stand Howard Kurtz - 4/25/2014 Trials can be confusing events. Even laymen who have experience with the criminal justice system may not know all of the proper procedures to follow. Testifying in one's own defense can be a tricky situation. Partner Howard Kurtz proposes some useful things to remember when you are on the stand.
A Move-Related Thank You
A Move-Related Thank You Howard Kurtz - 12/6/2013 Kurtz and Blum's recent move has been a big success and we'd like to give credit where credit is due.
Fifty Shades of Display: How the N.C. Legislature Hopes to Use Colored License Plates to Shame DWI Defendants
Fifty Shades of Display: How the N.C. Legislature Hopes to Use Colored License Plates to Shame DWI Defendants Howard Kurtz - 4/19/2013 The North Carolina Legislature seems to be caught in a time warp. A new proposed law would take people convicted of DWIs back to the days when public humiliation was used to punish.
Cops, DWIs, and Videotape: Proposed N.C. law would require police to record DWI arrests from start to finish.
Cops, DWIs, and Videotape: Proposed N.C. law would require police to record DWI arrests from start to finish. Howard Kurtz - 4/3/2013 Proposed legislation would require all stages of a DWI arrest to be videoed, but does the bill go far enough? Lawyers question why in 2013, all police cars aren't already equipped with dashboard cameras.
The Best Opinion Ever
The Best Opinion Ever Howard Kurtz - 10/8/2012 The Court in United States v Sowards lays down the law when it comes to whether an officer can use an unsupported guess whether someone is speeding a few miles over the limit. This is one of the best and most amusing opinions ever. Here are some of the highlights.

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