Lt. Gov. Dennis Wicker will hold a press conference on North Carolina’s new drunk driving laws on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at Wake Forest University.
The public is invited to attend the press conference, which will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the first floor main lounge of Reynolda Hall.
In his remarks, Wicker will highlight changes in the state’s DWI laws, which go into effect Dec. 1. He will also show a public service announcement designed to educate the public on the new laws.
Wake Forest president Thomas K. Hearn Jr. and Wake Forest senior Catherine Mitchell will make brief remarks during the event.
Winston-Salem and Forsyth County officials, members of Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD), and law enforcement officers will join the Wake Forest community at the press conference.
Wake Forest students were instrumental in building support for tougher drunk driving penalties. A group called Safe Rds., which Mitchell spearheaded, organized a lobbying effort that included a rally in Raleigh. That day, about 150 students visited legislators and asked for their support.
Safe Rds., a student-run group, was formed after two Wake Forest students were killed in a car accident. The students were riding in a car that collided with a car driven by a man accused of driving while impaired. The man was later convicted of first-degree murder.
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