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  • Who proceeds first at an all-way stop intersection?

    ​According to General Statute 20-155, the first driver to reach the intersection should move forward first. If two drivers reach the intersection at the same time, the driver on the right would proceed first. NCDOT offers a brochure with more information on all-way stop intersections.​

  • How should drivers behave at an intersection where a traffic signal is out?

    ​According to General Statute 20-158(b)(6), when a traffic signal is not illuminated due to a power outage or other malfunction, vehicles shall approach the intersection and proceed through the intersection as though such intersection is controlled by a stop sign on all approaches to the intersection. This subdivision shall not apply if the movement of traffic at the intersection is being directed by a law enforcement officer, another authorized person, or another type of traffic control device. (wording as of 12/31/2020)​

  • What does the law say about when pedestrians have the right-of-way?

    ​State law has several sections that detail the situations when a pedestrian does and does not have the right of way.

  • When are drivers allowed to pass bicyclists?

    ​In many cases, state law allows drivers to pass bicyclists, even on roads with a double yellow line or no passing zone, provided that the bicyclist and vehicle are going in the same direction, the driver provides four feet of clearance or is entirely in the left lane, and the bicyclist is not turning left or signaling a left turn. Other limitations on passing are outlined in General Statute 20-150. This does not include any restrictions due to local ordinances.​

  • When can a driver pass on the right?

    ​There are many conditions when passing on the right is allowed. Read more about the conditions in General Statute 20-150.1. ​

  • How do I navigate all these new road and intersection designs?

    ​North Carolina has a growing number of new types of intersections, interchanges, signs and signals that are designed to improve safety and/or reduce traffic congestion. However, new designs can be intimidating to some drivers, pedestrians or bicyclists. Go to NCDOT's Safety & Mobility page​ to learn more about navigating new road designs.

  • How can I request a speed limit change on a road?

    ​Send a message​ to be directed to the appropriate contact person for your area.

7/2/2021 3:24 PM