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An Overview of North Carolina Safe Driving Rules

Our Durham, NC accident attorneys encounter clients every day who have been victims of accidents, and we have seen first-hand the devastating consequences that an auto accident can bring to victims and to their families. Auto accidents can cause serious medical problems, ongoing pain and suffering, property damage and huge medical bills and other expenses.

With the consequences of auto accidents being so serious, we believe that North Carolina should do everything possible to make the roads safer for drivers. This means having adequate safety laws and regulations in place to prevent drivers from engaging in dangerous and destructive behavior. Recently, the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety launched its 10th annual summary of safety laws across the United States. Take a look at how North Carolina measures up.

NC_07032014North Carolina Driving Safety Laws and Regulations
The Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety gave each state a color rating indicating whether the state has done enough to pass highway safety laws. North Carolina got the top rating - green - which indicates that the state has a good overall safety rating and has passed many important laws aimed at improving driver safety. The Advocates also broke down exactly where North Carolina excelled and where the state fell short:

  • North Carolina got credit for having a primary enforcement seat belt law in place. This just means law enforcement can ticket/cite you for not wearing a belt without needing some other reason to pull you over.
  • North Carolina got full credit both for requiring all motorcycle riders to wear helmets and for having a booster seat law in place.
  • North Carolina does not have a minimum age of 16 for a permit nor a minimum age of 18 for an unrestricted license so didn't get credit in either of these two categories.
  • North Carolina does require new teen drivers to have between 30-50 hours of supervised driving. We also impose restrictions on driving at night or with too many passengers, both laws were full credit when it comes to teen safe driving.
  • North Carolina has a statewide ban on texting for all drivers and has cell phone restrictions for teen drivers, so received full credit on these safety issues.
  • North Carolina doesn't require ignition interlock devices for all DUI offenders and didn't get any points here.
  • North Carolina does have some tough DUI laws, despite its ignition interlock policy. We got credit for requiring a mandatory BAC test; and for our child-endangerment law and open container laws.


As this summary shows, North Carolina has passed many laws intended to make sure that drivers are safe on the roads. Drivers should obey these legal requirements in order to minimize the risk of auto accidents and to avoid putting themselves or other drivers in danger.

Further, while North Carolina allows teens to drive at younger ages than recommended, parents should carefully monitor their teens driving activities to make sure that these young drivers are making smart and careful choices behind the wheel in order to ensure their safety.

If you've been injured, contact the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin for a free and confidential consultation. Call 1-866-900-7078.

Categories: Auto Accidents

Contact Information

Asheville Law Office

300 Ridgefield Court Suite 309
Asheville, NC 28806
Phone: 828-552-8215
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Charlotte Law Office

301 S McDowell St, Suite 900
Charlotte, NC 28204
Phone: 704-599-1078
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Durham Law Office

280 South Mangum Street, Suite 400
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: 919-688-4991
Fax: 800-716-7881

Fayetteville Law Office

2915 Raeford Road, Suite 204
Fayetteville, NC 28303
Phone: 910-488-0611
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Goldsboro Law Office

1308 Wayne Memorial Drive, Suite B
Goldsboro, NC 27534
Phone: 919-731-2581
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Greensboro Law Office

300 N. Greene Street, Suite 850
Greensboro, North Carolina 27401
Phone: 336-665-7072
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Greenville Law Office

702 Cromwell Dr. Suite G
Greenville, NC 27858
Phone: 252-355-5205
Toll Free: 1-866-780-3227

Henderson Law Office

514 Dabney Drive, Suite 200
Henderson, NC 27536
Phone: 252-492-4600
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Morganton Law Office

216 N. Sterling Street, Suite B
Morganton, NC 28655
Phone: 828-219-3080
Toll Free: 1-844-520-2894

New Bern Law Office

1505 South Glenburnie Rd, Unit P
New Bern, NC 28562
Phone: 252-634-9010
Toll Free: 1-866-780-3422

Raleigh Law Office

4325 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 100
Raleigh, NC 27607
Phone: 919-834-1184
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Roanoke Rapids Law Office

709 Julian R. Allsbrook Highway
Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870
Phone: 252-537-9670
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Rocky Mount Law Office

144 Woodridge Court
Rocky Mount, NC 27804
Phone: 252-937-4730
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Sanford Law Office

703-B South Horner Boulevard
Sanford, NC 27330
Phone: 919-775-1564
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Wilson Law Office

2315 Airport Blvd Suite A
Wilson, North Carolina 27896
Phone: 252-246-9090
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Winston-Salem Law Office

301 N. Main Street, Suite 2409-C
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078