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Can mopeds drive in middle of the road like motorcycles, or do they have to drive on the side?

According to the N.C. Driver’s Handbook created by the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles, drivers should give motorcyclists and moped riders the same right-of-way consideration as any other vehicle. While motorcyclists are entitled to the full width of their lane, the handbook states that a moped should travel using the right side of the lane. To pass a moped, another driver must stay at least two feet to the left and give enough room so another vehicle’s wind stream does not cause a moped rider to lose control.


Why are mopeds, which are limited by N.C. DMV to 30 mph, allowed on roads that carry higher speed limits?

Is it legal for a cop to give me a citation for going too slow on a moped?

Can someone get arrested for drunken driving while on a scooter? How about a bicycle?

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Suzi Keenan

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