on highways is prohibited.
Motorists must use headlights from sunset to sunrise; when light conditions restrict visibility to 400
feet or less; or when using windshield wipers during inclement weather.
turns on red
Right turns at a red light are permitted after a complete
stop unless otherwise posted. Left turns on red are not permitted.
Crashes involving death, personal injury, or
property damage of $1,000 or more must be reported to the nearest law
enforcement officer or agency.
Failure to report could result in prosecution and/or
driver license suspension.
Fender Bender Law
Motorists must move their vehicle to the shoulder
of the road following minor, non-injury wrecks to help keep traffic moving and
reduce the likelihood of secondary wrecks. Failure to do so could result in a $110 fine and
Motorists must move over one lane, or slow down if
shifting lanes isn’t possible, when passing law enforcement and emergency
vehicles with flashing lights, as well as wreckers and incident
management assistance patrol vehicles that are stopped on a highway
shoulder. Failure to do so could result in a $250 fine.
a law enforcement officer and an NCDOT representative concur, a parked, standing or disabled vehicle can be moved off
the roadway by any means necessary if it poses a safety concern.
Disposing of litter on public or private property, except by an individual who owns the property, is illegal. Violators could face a fine of up to $200 and community service.
Drivers under 18 are prohibited from using a mobile
phone or technology associated with a mobile phone while driving except in
emergencies or when talking to a parent or spouse. Violators pay a $25 fine but receive no driver license points, insurance surcharge or
are prohibited from reading or writing text messages or emails while the
vehicle is moving. Violators are subject to a $100 fine and court costs.
|Helmets meeting federal standards are required when riding a motorcycle or moped. Children under 16 must wear a helmet while riding a bicycle.|
belts and safety seats
|All occupants of a vehicle must wear a seat belt. Front-seat passengers who violate the law are fined $25. Back-seat passengers are fined $10.|
Children under age 8 who weigh less than 80 pounds must be secured in a safety seat while riding in a vehicle. Older children must transition to booster seats before graduating to an adult safety belt.
Drivers who fail to properly secure children face $125 in fines and court costs, as well as a two-point penalty on their driving record.
Drivers with a blood alcohol concentration at or
greater than 0.08 percent are charged with driving while impaired. The minimum punishment is a fine of up to
$200 and a possible term of imprisonment ranging from 24 hours to 30 days. The maximum punishment is a fine of up
to $4,000 and a possible term of imprisonment ranging from 30 days to two