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9/3/2015: Innsbruck Mall License Plate Agency Closes Next Week; New Agency To Open October 6 In Ingles Plaza West

Innsbruck Mall License Plate Agency Closes Next Week; New Agency To Open October 6 In Ingles Plaza West

Posted 9/3/2015 2:26:20 PM

RALEIGH – The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles has announced the closing of the Innsbruck Mall license plate agency in Asheville at the end of business Thursday, Sept. 10. A new Asheville license plate agency will open on Tuesday, Oct. 6 in Ingles Plaza West at 153 Smokey Park Highway, Suite 160-A.   The Innsbruck Mall LPA has been under contract to Nancy Coward since February 1987. Ms. Coward’s retirement takes effect following 28 years at the Innsbruck Mall location. The new LPA will be open Monday-Friday (except for state holidays), from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will be under contract to Robby Bryson, who has 30 years of banking and customer service experience. The agency will be located in a larger space and employ additional staff members. The new location is a half mile west of the Asheville DMV building and will offer a convenient street level entrance and open parking. The agency’s phone number is (828) 252-8526. During the closure, area license plate agencies will offer vehicle services: Asheville – 780 Hendersonville Road, Suite 8, (828) 277-7767 Canton – 11 Peach Bloom Dr., (828) 646-0091 Hendersonville – 145 Four Seasons Mall, (828) 692-0648 Marshall – 133 S. Main St. Suite 102, (828) 649-3528   LPAs offer vehicle registration services and title transactions, as well as vehicle license plate renewals, replacement tags and duplicate registrations. Currently, 122 license plate agencies operate across North Carolina.   ***NCDOT***
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8/31/2015: Garner Driver License Office To Close Wednesday For Equipment Installation, Examiner Training; Office to re-open Thursday

Garner Driver License Office To Close Wednesday For Equipment Installation, Examiner Training; Office to re-open Thursday

Posted 8/31/2015 10:41:02 AM

RALEIGH – The Garner driver license office, located in the Forest Hills Shopping Center at 222 Forest Hills Drive, will temporarily close for the installation of equipment and driver license examiner training on Wednesday, Sept. 2, and re-open on Thursday, Sept. 3, at 8 a.m. During the one-day closure, customers can visit the following regional offices: •               West Raleigh (9.4 miles) – 3231 Avent Ferry Road, (919) 816-9128; •               Clayton (9.8 miles) – 1665 Old U.S. Highway 70 West, (919) 550-2351; •               Cary (13.2 miles) – 1387 SE Maynard Road, (919) 468-0319; or •               Fuquay-Varina (15.3 miles) – 131 South Fuquay Avenue, (919) 552-1895.  
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8/27/2015: Hendersonville Driver License Office To Close For Renovations Beginning Next Wednesday

Hendersonville Driver License Office To Close For Renovations Beginning Next Wednesday

Posted 8/27/2015 10:45:51 AM

Office is scheduled to re-open September 4 Raleigh – The Hendersonville driver license office located on U.S. Highway 25 at 125 Baystone Drive, will temporarily close for renovations beginning Wednesday, Sept. 2, and re-open on Friday, Sept. 4, at 8 a.m. During the closure, the DMV mobile unit will be on site to provide services Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 2 and 3. Other offices located in the region will also provide service during the closure: Asheville – 1624 Patton Ave., (828) 251-6065 Brevard – 50 Commerce St., Unit 4, (828) 883-2070 ***NCDOT***
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8/19/2015: Governor McCrory Stresses Staying Safe When Traveling Back to School

Governor McCrory Stresses Staying Safe When Traveling Back to School

Posted 8/19/2015 10:28:39 AM

Raleigh, N.C.  – More than 1.5 million students across the state will head back to the classroom next week, and North Carolina officials want to make sure those students arrive safely and ready to learn.   With more cars, buses and pedestrians packing North Carolina roadways, Governor Pat McCrory, the North Carolina Department of Transportation and the North Carolina State Highway Patrol urge motorists to stay alert and exercise caution on the road, especially around schools, crosswalks, school buses and bus stops.   “Safety, especially the safety of our students at this time of year, is our number one priority, and we want all drivers to stay alert and slow down as more children will soon be standing at bus stops, crossing the road to get on buses and walking or riding their bikes to schools,” said Governor McCrory. “We also want to remind all drivers, particularly our teen drivers, to put their phones away, keep their eyes on the road and avoid all distractions and slow down.”   In Wake County during the first month of the last school year, one student was hit and killed while waiting for the bus, and two teens were killed in crashes on their way to school. Seven students statewide were hit and injured crossing to get on the bus or at the bus stop during the entire 2014-2015 school year.   “These tragic accidents can be prevented if drivers, parents and students practice simple safety measures. Rushing to save a few minutes or a distraction of a few seconds can trigger life-altering or life-ending consequences,” said NCDOT Secretary Nick Tennyson.   While texting, the average time your eyes are off the road is five seconds. That's enough time to drive the length of a football field blindfolded when traveling at 55 mph. With more than 14,000 school buses traveling North Carolina highways daily, paying attention to the road and avoiding distractions can help keep everyone safe.   “As we begin the school year, our troopers will be closely monitoring school buses. Our number one goal is to ensure the safety of the public but particularly our children,” said Col. Bill Grey, Commander of the Highway Patrol. “To accomplish this goal, we must work together to keep our school children safe and to educate all drivers on the importance of school bus safety.”   Back-to-school safety tips for students and parents: Cross in crosswalks. Watch for and obey crossing guards. Look both ways before crossing the street. Be careful crossing multiple lanes of traffic. Make sure each lane of traffic is clear before you cross. Pay attention. When walking, avoid distractions like cellphones. Obey signs and signals. Cross the street where you have the best view of traffic. Always walk on the sidewalk; if there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic and as far from the road as you can. Back-to-school safety tips for drivers: Know when to stop for school buses. (Read more.)  Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks. Obey all posted school zone speed limits. Never pass a vehicle that is stopped for pedestrians. Before turning, be sure the path is clear. Slow down near bus stops, schools and playgrounds. No drinking and driving. Buckle up. Avoid distractions such as food, passengers and using mobile devices. Texting while driving is illegal.  North Carolina has stiff penalties for motorists who fail to comply with school bus safety rules. There is a $500 penalty for motorists who are caught passing a stopped school bus, and a five-point penalty on their driver license. A driver who passes a stopped school bus and strikes someone will face a Class I felony and be fined a minimum of $1,000. The penalty increases to a Class H felony and fine of $2,500 if someone is killed. Additional driving tips for teens: Don’t speed. Avoid distractions. Cellphone use is illegal for drivers under 18. For provisional license holders, no more than one passenger at a time. For more information, visit the Watch for Me NC campaign website to learn more about what you can do to keep roads safe for everyone.    Visit the NCDMV website for more information about school bus laws, or consult the North Carolina Driver’s Handbook. To get a copy, call 1-877-DOT-4YOU or visit www.ncdot.gov/dmv/driver_services/drivershandbook. ***NCDOT***
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8/6/2015: New Greene County License Plate Agency To Open In Hookerton Next Tuesday

New Greene County License Plate Agency To Open In Hookerton Next Tuesday

Posted 8/6/2015 2:13:46 PM

RALEIGH – The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles has announced that the Town of Hookerton will open a new Greene County vehicle license plate agency on Tuesday, Aug. 11, located at 227 E. Main St. The office will be the first LPA located in Greene County in many years. The new LPA will be open Monday-Friday (except for state holidays), from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. It will be managed by Ruth Almaraz. The agency’s phone number is (252) 747-7701. LPAs offer vehicle registration services and title transactions, as well as vehicle license plate renewals, replacement tags and duplicate registrations. Currently, 120 license plate agencies operate across North Carolina. ***NCDOT***
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