One study based in North Carolina found that people receive more speeding tickets during tough times than during good economic times. The Journal of Law and Economics reports police issue significantly more tickets in years following a decline in general tax revenue.
As of May 1, anyone age 25 or younger who operates a boat with 10 horsepower or more on North Carolina waters must provide evidence of a completed safe boating course. The course must be approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and North Carolina Wildlife Federation.
Exceptions to the law include emergency use, where the original boat captain is unable to operate the vessel, and a situation where someone 18 years or older with a safe boating certificate or 26 years or older oversees the boat operation. Also, new boat owners have 90 days from the change in ownership before the rule applies, and people renting or chartering boats are not included.
This afternoon the Durham County Board of County Commissioners held an official groundbreaking ceremony for the new Durham County Courthouse, scheduled to be complete in 2012. The new building will be located across from the American Tobacco Campus at 247 South Mangum Street. Participants were able to view renderings of the new courthouse which will be eleven stories high and offer many conveniences lacking in the current facility. From what I saw, it looks to be a beautiful addition to Durham’s vibrant downtown.