NC and Tougher DWI laws

The N.C. House voted  to toughen two state laws targeting repeat drunken drivers.

Both bills were sponsored by Democratic Rep. Darren Jackson of Wake County, and they garnered support from both parties. Jackson pointed to 2013 statistics that showed about one-third of traffic fatalities in North Carolina involved drunken drivers.

The first measure, House Bill 32, would lower the threshold for a habitual drunken driving charge. The current law applies to drivers charged four or more times within 10 years. If Jackson’s bill becomes law, a driver would be charged with habitual DWI on the third offense within 10 years.

Habitual drunken driving is a felony that carries a minimum of one year in jail, and the sentence can’t be suspended. Convicted drivers must also complete a substance abuse program while in jail or as a condition of parole.

Read more at the News & Observer


Divorce After 50

Don’t Let ‘Gray Divorce’ Ruin Your Retirement

Interesting article over at New Retirement about divorcing after 50. Blah Blah, 

Couples have it made when it comes to financial advantages. With more than one source of income and the ability to split expenses, financial burdens can be more easily met by couples compared to single people. Additionally, there are tax advantages, as well as Social Security incentives for married couples.
Single people, on the other hand, have to carry the full burden of mortgages, rents, living expenses and insurance by themselves.
“Social Security was designed during an era when most elders were married, a scenario that is less common today and is likely to be even less typical in the future,” the study reads. “In fact, the decline in marriage is linked to reduced spouse and widow benefit eligibility for Social Security among women.”