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I saw people riding in the back of a pickup truck that lacked a tailgate. Why didn’t a deputy pull the truck over?

Ken Little
StarNews

Q. I saw two people riding in the back of a pickup truck on Market Street on April 15. The truck did not have a tailgate. A sheriff’s deputy passed the truck in the adjacent lane and kept going. Why didn’t the deputy pull the truck over for unsafe actions?

A. It’s legal to ride in the back of a pickup as long “as you are over the age of 16,” said Sgt. Jerry Brewer, of the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office.

Those 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

“The statute does not stipulate whether or not the tailgate has to be up or down,” Brewer said.

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