WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - North Carolina motorists are affected by new state laws that will be enforced beginning January 1, 2009.
The Legislature approved more than a dozen new laws that will go into effect this year.
One law prohibits smoking inside state owned vehicles. Supporters argue it protects passengers from secondhand smoke, as well as cut down on car cleaning expenses.
Another new law sets stricter rules on how hog waste is collected and disposed. On the farm, waste storage containers must now have alarms that will alert farmers when the container is almost at capacity. This law was made in an effort to ban hog waste lagoons that can overflow.
Active military men and women will no longer have to pay a fine if their car inspection lapses while they're deployed outside of the state.
The state banking commissioner now has the authority to put a home foreclosure on hold for 60 days, but that's only if there's evidence that shows the mortgage that was set up violated state law.
Finally, drivers now have 60 days to get their vehicles fixed if they fail a state inspection. The previous grace period was 30 days.