The start of a new year is usually accompanied with feelings of motivation and change which we’re completely on board with. Join the gym, drink more water, do whatever it takes to achieve greatness in 2018.

In the name of change, there are a few new laws in North Carolina that we would like to share with you. As of January 1, 2018, five new North Carolina laws took effect and we want to make sure you are aware of these changes.

“Being aware of new laws is imperative,” said Thomas Bumgardner, attorney with the Law Office of Thomas D. Bumgardner, PLLC . “As a citizen, awareness of your state’s laws play a key role in protecting yourself from any infractions.”

Will North Carolina’s New Laws Affect You?

  • Driver’s education training: An act to require driver instruction on law enforcement procedures during traffic stops.
  • Combatting opioid abuse: Will help strengthen opioid misuse prevention by extending standing orders for opioid antagonists to community health.
  • Electoral Freedom Act: Changes the definition of a “political party” by reducing the number of signatures required for the formation of a new political party.
  • Makes it as criminal offense to vandalize fire and EMS equipment.
  • Deaf or hard of hearing designation: Directs the NCDMV to develop a designated drivers license that may be granted upon request to the deaf or hard of hearing.
Education is power so we encourage you to always stay updated on what’s happening in the Tar Heel state. If you have questions about these new laws, please contact Thomas Bumgardner for a consultation at 704-887-4981. We’re experienced and we’re here to listen to your situation and to offer our professional guidance.

For more information and a full list of all the laws passed, please visit: http://spectrumlocalnews.com/nc/triangle-sandhills/news/2017/12/28/new-nc-laws