Running a Stop Light or Stop Sign
NCGS 20-158 Vehicle control signs and signals
- The Department of Transportation, with reference to State highways, and local authorities, with reference to highways under their jurisdiction, are hereby authorized to control vehicles:
- At intersections, by erecting or installing stop signs requiring vehicles to come to a complete stop at the entrance to that portion of the intersection designated as the main traveled or through highway. Stop signs may also be erected at three or more entrances to an intersection.
- At appropriate places other than intersections, by erecting or installing stop signs requiring vehicles to come to a complete stop.
- At intersections and other appropriate places, by erecting or installing steady-beam traffic signals and other traffic control devices, signs, or signals. All steady-beam traffic signals emitting alternate red and green lights shall be arranged so that the red light in vertical-arranged signal faces shall appear above, and in horizontal-arranged signal faces shall appear to the left of all yellow and green lights.
- At intersections and other appropriate places, by erecting or installing flashing red or yellow lights.
The law in North Carolina authorizes the Department of Transportation to control vehicular traffic with the use of devices designed to control traffic flow such as stoplights and signs. The law states that a person operating a motor vehicle on the public streets and highways must come to a complete stop at an intersection where a stoplight is displaying a steady red signal light. This law covers operators of all motor vehicles including commercial vehicles, private passenger vehicles and motorcycles.
It is the responsibility of the driver to obey all traffic signals on the road. If a driver is not paying attention, he or she can possibly still be held responsible for violating a traffic law even though it wasn’t done on purpose. Failure to stop at a red light can be like running through a stop sign. North Carolina traffic laws may even treat them similarly. Those that have been convicted of running a stop sign or red light can potentially receive three points on their license, leaving them just nine points away from license suspension.
Any driver caught running a red light can potentially be stopped and ticketed. Running a red light can also bring costly fines to the violator in addition to the points added to his or her license.
Drivers accused of violating North Carolina traffic laws may want to look into the prospect of legal counsel. The experienced lawyers of Powers Landreth stand ready to help those accused of running a red light by helping them better understand their rights. Knowing what they are up against can help drivers better fight their violations in court.
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Charlotte, NC 28208