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Former Rep. Allred can't use donations for ticket

Posted February 4, 2010

— A former North Carolina House member who said he was speeding to the Legislature to vote on behalf of his constituents can't use campaign contributions to pay his traffic ticket.

The Times-News of Burlington reported Thursday that the state Board of Elections ruled that campaign contributions can only pay for expenses resulting from holding public office, and those don't include paying for a traffic violation.

Former Rep. Cary Allred, R-Alamance, pleaded guilty in September to traveling 102 mph in a 65 mph zone on an interstate highway while driving to the General Assembly in April.

He said the fine, attorneys' fees and other bills totaled about $1,800. Allred said he would not have gotten the ticket if he hadn't been trying to do his job as a legislator.

Allred resigned in June 2009. Fellow legislators reported that Allred said he was speeding on the way to Raleigh on April 27 and had been drinking before the session.

Some lawmakers said they also believed he behaved inappropriately toward a 17-year-old female House page.

Allred said the page was a longtime friend of his family and that he kissed her on the cheek. The page and her parents said in the report they didn't want to file a complaint and were OK with what happened.


Information from: Times-News


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  • jenforthewin Feb 4, 2010

    "My hat is off to the officer. Thank you for doing your job."

    Half did the job. Should've taken his license for going so fast, and if I'm not mistaken, he was drunk, wasn't he?

  • xandevalinour Feb 4, 2010

    aren't you supposed to lose your license one the spot now if your going a certain speed above posted limit?

    i wonder if he kept his license or not

    seems like i remember if your goin 20 miles over the cop supposed to take your license for at least 30 days...or does that law only apply to normal people

    maybe im wrong, if someone else out there knows what im talking bout, correct me or elaborate

  • workingforthosethatwont Feb 4, 2010

    my employer would not pay a traffic ticket for me so why would his contributors pay his?

  • Hip-Shot Feb 4, 2010

    As I have been told: "If you had left a little bit earlier you wouldn't have had to speed to get there". That's just about a lame excuse and trying to get constituents to pay for his problem. He should lose his license.

  • didisaythat Feb 4, 2010

    Just like a criminal, won't take responsibility for his actions.

  • SWEET-N-SOUR Feb 4, 2010

    WRAL can you find out if and how long his license were suspended? Based on the DMV drivers handbook his license should be revoked.

  • mulecitybabe Feb 4, 2010

    "Drive like he// and get there quicker" Too bad they're taking NC with them. I hate politicians. There's not an honest one in bunch.

  • sophiemom Feb 4, 2010

    He says he would not have received a ticket had he not been doing his job? Fact is, he would not have been ticketed had ne not been speeding!! I have to remember that lame excuse if I am ever pulled over on my way to work. Of course, I would be in a heap of trouble if I had also been drinking.

  • LocalYokel Feb 4, 2010

    What was Allred's punishment WRAL? He should have lost his license to drive.

  • Patriot1 Feb 4, 2010

    He should have gotton a DUI on top of that. I bet the LE was too scared to charge him....