Every state in the US has its own independent, but comparable set of laws concerning driving and road safety. These rules apply to both residents of the individual states, and also to people who may be passing through them while on personal travel or when transporting cargo.
North Carolina traffic laws are specific to the state of North Carolina. All residents who wish to drive in this state must demonstrate an understanding of the laws on their driving test to be granted a license. These laws are enforced to ensure that the driving environment for all motorists and pedestrians is safe. Violating any of these laws is punished by imposition of fines and, in some cases, can also result in a prison sentence and a confiscation of your driving rights. Remember, driving is a privilege and you must abide by the laws properly in order to continue driving.
While all states have similar policies regarding speed limits and seat belt usage while travelling, some specific North Carolina traffic laws are also applicable on you if you are passing through the state. For instance, North Carolina has a ‘fender bender law’ which requires all motorists to move their vehicle to the shoulder of the road if they encounter a minor crash that does not result in any injuries. Similarly, all motorists should move their vehicle over one lane in the presence of a car with flashing lights – a police car or an ambulance – or a public service vehicle like a tow truck. This particular law is known as the ‘Move over law’ and violations can result in a fine as heavy as $500.
Unlike states like Michigan, North Carolina traffic laws require all individuals driving motorcycles to wear helmets while driving. Additionally, in conditions where light visibility is restricted to 400 meters or less due to inclement weather, all motorists must have their headlights on and operate their windshield wipers.
Each of these laws is present to facilitate the driver and reduce the risk of an accident. Whether you are traveling or a resident of the state, being aware of these laws is necessary to avoid getting tickets.