Carolina's current helmet law:
Drivers/operators are subject to a fine of $25 plus $75 court costs. Passengers are subject to a fine of $10 and no court costs. ~FF
§ 20‑140.4. Special provisions for motorcycles and
(a) No person shall operate a motorcycle or moped upon
a highway or public vehicular area:
(1) When the number of persons upon such motorcycle or
moped, including the operator, shall exceed the number of persons which it was
designed to carry.
(2) Unless the operator and all passengers thereon wear
safety helmets of a type approved by the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles.
(b) Violation of any provision of this section shall
not be considered negligence per se or contributory negligence per se in any
(c) Any person convicted of violating this section
shall have committed an infraction and shall be fined according to G.S. 20‑135.2A(e)
and (f). (1973, c. 1330, s. 6; 1989, c. 711, s. 1.)
§ 20‑135.2A. (See Editor's note) Seat belt use
(e) Any driver or front seat passenger who fails to
wear a seat belt as required by this section shall have committed an infraction
and shall pay a penalty of twenty‑five dollars ($25.00) plus court costs
in the sum of seventy‑five dollars ($75.00). Any rear seat occupant of a
vehicle who fails to wear a seat belt as required by this section shall have
committed an infraction and shall pay a penalty of ten dollars ($10.00) and no
court costs. Court costs assessed under this section are for the support of the
General Court of Justice and shall be remitted to the State Treasurer.
Conviction of an infraction under this section has no other consequence.
(f) No drivers license points or insurance surcharge
shall be assessed on account of violation of this section.
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