While most North Carolina drivers dislike getting traffic tickets, individuals with low incomes are more likely to struggle with the financial burdens associated with such citations, according to a study that was conducted by an economics researcher from Princeton University. The researcher cross-referenced Florida traffic citations with individual credit report and payroll data between the years of 2011 and 2015. During that period of time, approximately 4.5 million Florida drivers were issued traffic citations, which accounted for almost one-third of the state's population of licensed drivers. Of those ticket recipients, 3.7 million were matched with anonymized credit report information.
School buses on North Carolina roadways get a special deference that other motorists should be aware of. Since schoolchildren are sometimes unpredictable, the buses transporting them act as a no-passing zone in some situations to protect kids who might not be seen by drivers on the road. Illegally passing a school bus can result in a traffic violation. According to a North Carolina Highway Patrol Master Trooper, law enforcement is planning efforts to watch for drivers not following the law.
Getting a traffic citation can be awkward. Most drivers in North Carolina don't go around intentionally committing offenses like running traffic control signs, operating an unsafe vehicle or speeding. In many cases, it's likely they have simply come to the conclusion such infractions are common and so few tickets are issued that the odds are they won't be cited. If you are pulled over, it can leave you feeling flustered.