Why is there even this law on turn signals in North Carolina?

More fun times with the North Carolina Vehicle Code. Did you know that you are required to signal when you’re driving over 45 mph and turning from a straight line. Go figure that. Is it enforced? Never have we heard of anyone pulled for not signaling. We won’t even get into who else does it. But according to the state code, the law states that you have to signal:

(b) The signal herein required shall be given by means of the hand and arm in the manner herein specified, or by any mechanical or electrical signal device approved by the Division, except that when a vehicle is so constructed or loaded as to prevent the hand and arm signal from being visible, both to the front and rear, the signal shall be given by a device of a type which has been approved by the Division.
Whenever the signal is given the driver shall indicate his intention to start, stop, or turn by extending the hand and arm from and beyond the left side of the vehicle as hereinafter set forth.
Left turn – hand and arm horizontal, forefinger pointing.
Right turn – hand and arm pointed upward.
Stop – hand and arm pointed downward.
All hand and arm signals shall be given from the left side of the vehicle and all signals shall be maintained or given continuously for the last 100 feet traveled prior to stopping or making a turn. Provided, that in all areas where the speed limit is 45 miles per hour or higher and the operator intends to turn from a direct line of travel, a signal of intention to turn from a direct line of travel shall be given continuously during the last 200 feet traveled before turning.

Go figure that one out. All you need to do is drive on I-40 to know that people don’t signal when they shift lanes or turn off the freeway. In fact, there are some that don’t even bother to turn to look in their blindspot and instead just use their mirrors. That’s not against the law that we can tell, but we remember that it’s dangerous according to our defensive driving class from long ago.

  • I don’t know who the “We” is in your post, but I myself have been pulled for not signaling.

  • I don’t know who the “We” is in your post, but I myself have been pulled for not signaling.