Expanded "Move Over" Law Among 30 New NC Laws

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- More than 30 new laws are now in effect in North Carolina, including ones designed to discourage the sale of stolen metals like copper and aluminum and to make it safer for utility workers to perform routine roadside work.

Most of the laws enforced starting Monday were approved by the Legislature earlier this year and signed by Gov. Beverly Perdue.

The most noticeable change for motorists comes with the expansion of the state's "move over" law.

The law originally directed drivers to shift lanes or slow down when nearing police cars or ambulances flashing their lights on a road shoulder. It was changed in 2010 to apply to workers in an emergency restoring power. Now it applies to utility crews with flashing amber lights doing non-emergency work.

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