A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT TO (1) FACILITATE THE USE OF VEHICLES EXCLUSIVELY FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIREFIGHTING, OR OTHER EMERGENCY RESPONSE PURPOSES BY THE DIVISION OF PARKS AND RECREATION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES AND THE NORTH CAROLINA FOREST SERVICE OF THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND CONSUMER SERVICES; AND (2) DIRECT THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY TO STUDY METHODS OF ALLOWING PRISONERS TO CONTRIBUTE TO CLEANUP AND MITIGATION EFFORTS IN CONNECTION WITH STATES OF EMERGENCY DECLARED IN THIS STATE.
Amends GS 20-125(b) to add vehicles owned or operated by the Division of Parks and Recreation or the NC Forest Service to the list of state vehicles that must display special lights or other emergency indicators. Makes other clarifying changes. Makes technical and conforming changes to GS 20-130.1. Amends GS 20-145 to provide that the speed limit does not apply to Division of Marine Fisheries, Division of Parks and Recreation, or NC Forest Service vehicles responding to an emergency or in pursuit. Amends GS 20-156(b) to require drivers to yield the right-of-way, and amends GS 20-157(a) to require drivers to move over for these vehicles. Effective October 1, 2013.
Directs the Department of Public Safety to study methods allowing inmates to contribute to cleanup efforts during states of emergency, and to report by October 1, 2013, to specified committees.
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