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Defense attorney appointed to Impaired Driving Task Force

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A statewide task force will work to curb impaired driving in North Carolina. A statewide task force will work to curb impaired driving in North Carolina.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – An attorney in Wilmington, who makes a living representing people accused of driving while impaired, is one of nearly two dozen people to be appointed to the North Carolina Statewide Impaired Driving Task Force.

James L. "Buddy" Allard said Monday that he's flattered to be selected. He said the thought of this task force reducing his client base did not cross his mind.

"I didn't think much of it, other than it's the right thing to do," said Allard.

The defense attorney explained that his 20 years of courtroom experience can ‘cut through the political pandering' when it comes to brainstorming ideas on the use of federal funding.

Without someone in his position, the task force would be missing out on a necessary perspective, according to Allard.

"You don't get the other side of the coin," he said.

Ignition interlock devices for first-time DWI offenders is excessive, according to Allard.

He said there is misperception of how the technology works and he would work to make sure task force members ‘step back and breathe' when ‘extreme ideas' are discussed.

District Judge James H. Faison III will also serve as the chairman for the task force, according to a release from Gov. Pat McCrory's office.

He's served as a judge for drug treatment court since 2002 and DWI treatment court since 2010.

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