Patience, Patience

35 views | April 8, 2022

Incident type: Close pass/Bad driving
Location of incident: Old Greensboro Road, Kernersville, North Carolina 27284, United States


In 2016, North Carolina passed a new law for passing a bicycle on the road. The new law is in the statutes at N.C.G.S. 20-150(e).

The law reads:

The driver of a vehicle shall not overtake and pass another on any portion of the highway which is marked by signs, markers or markings placed by the Department of Transportation stating or clearly indicating that passing should not be attempted. The prohibition in this section shall not apply when the overtaking and passing is done in accordance with all of the following:
(1) The slower moving vehicle to be passed is a bicycle or a moped.
(2) The slower moving vehicle is proceeding in the same direction as the faster moving vehicle.
(3) The driver of the faster moving vehicle either (i) provides a minimum of four feet between the faster moving vehicle and the slower moving vehicle or (ii) completely enters the left lane of the highway.

For some people, it seems that waiting until it is safe to move over is inconvenient and blast through. This day was no exception…