Lawmakers want to modify law that requires arrest of teen speeders
A bill passed last year requires police officers to handcuff and bring to court teenagers on graduated licenses who are caught speeding by more than 15 MPH. Lawmakers are considering a modification.Posted — Updated
The 2011 law was aimed at curbing an epidemic of speeding-related deaths in Johnston County, said Rep. Leo Daughtry, R-Johnston. Speed, failure to wear seat belts and inexperience had lead to near monthly accidents that turned deadly for young drivers he said.
"Young people were getting killed," Daughtry told the House Rules Committee Monday.
Rep. Mike Stone, R-Lee, told the committee one such incident happened over the weekend in his home town. The parents of the teen driver didn't have a problem with the young driver losing his license.
"They just didn't understand why their son had to be handcuffed," Stone said.
The measure would also make it a felony to trespass on certain properties owned by electric and water utilities, give the N.C. Lottery Commission greater authority in issuing contracts and limit "judge shopping" by criminal defendants seeking post-trial relief. It now goes to the House Judiciary B Committee.
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