GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF NORTH CAROLINA
SENATE BILL 353
Second Edition Engrossed 4/8/13
Short Title: Motorcycle Safety Act.
Senators Harrington (Primary Sponsor); Daniel, J. Davis, Rabon, and Soucek.
March 20, 2013
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
AN ACT to increase penalties for unsafe movements by drivers that threaten the property and safety of motorcyclists.
The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:
SECTION 1. G.S. 20-154 reads as rewritten:
"§ 20-154. Signals on starting, stopping or turning.
(a1) A person who violates
subsection (a) of this section and causes a motorcycle operator to change
travel lanes or leave that portion of any public street or highway designated
as travel lanes shall be responsible for an infraction and shall be assessed a
fine of not less than two hundred dollars ($200.00). A person who violates
subsection (a) of this section that results in a crash causing property damage
or personal injury to a motorcycle operator or passenger shall be responsible
for an infraction and shall be assessed a fine of not less than five hundred
($500.00).($500.00) unless subsection (a2) of this section
(a2) A person who violates subsection (a) of this section and the violation results in a crash causing property damage in excess of five thousand dollars ($5,000) or a serious bodily injury as defined in G.S. 20-160.1(b) to a motorcycle operator or passenger shall be responsible for an infraction and shall be assessed a fine of not less than seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00). A violation of this subsection shall be treated as a failure to yield right-of-way to a motorcycle for purposes of assessment of points under G.S. 20-16(c). In addition, the trial judge shall have the authority to order the license of any driver violating this subsection suspended for a period not to exceed 30 days. If a judge orders suspension of a person's drivers license pursuant to this subsection, the judge may allow the licensee a limited driving privilege for a period not to exceed the period of suspension. The limited driving privilege shall be issued in the same manner and under the terms and conditions prescribed in G.S. 20-16.1(b)(1), (2), (3), (4), (5), and G.S. 20-16.1(g).
SECTION 2. This act becomes effective October 1, 2013, and applies to violations committed on or after that date.