Obscure But Important North Carolina Driving Laws

by Joshua on January 23, 2013

If you live in North Carolina there are a number of laws the NC DMV considers part of their “Road Rules” series. Some of them you might know, and some you may have never even heard of. Regardless, when taking your written driver’s test any one of these laws might just turn up. We summarize them here, but you can find the complete list by visiting the NC DOT’s website at http://www.ncdot.gov/travel/roadrules/default.html

Fender Bender Law
The “Fender Bender” law requires motorists to move their vehicles to the shoulder of the road following minor, non-injury crashes. If you don’t follow the law, you could face a $110 fine and court costs.

Move Over Law
Under the “Move Over” law, motorists are required to move over one lane, if possible, or reduce speed for stopped emergency vehicles with flashing lights on the shoulder of the highway, including public service vehicles with amber lights. Violating the law could result in a $500 fine.

Quick Clearance Law
The “Quick Clearance” law centers on getting vehicles out of the roadway. It states that if law enforcement and NCDOT agree that a vehicle and its cargo pose a safety concern, they can move it by any means necessary without facing any liability.

NC Litter Law
North Carolina law states it is illegal to dispose of litter on public or private property, unless you own that property. If you violate the law, you could face fines up to $200 and community service work.

Parking on Highways
You are NEVER allowed to park on a highway.

Cell Phone Use By Drivers Younger Than 18 Years Old
If you are younger than 18, you can ONLY use your cell phone in the case of an emergency or when talking to a parent or spouse or you risk a $25 fine.

NC Helmet Law
Helmets are required by law when riding on a motorcycle or moped. Children up to age 16 are required to wear a helmet while riding a bicycle.

Seat Belts
All vehicle occupants including those in the back seat are required to wear seat belts. Children up to age 8 and weighing 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 their children face $125 in fines and court costs, as well as a two-point penalty on their driving record.

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