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Q: How do I claim my property?
A: Call and speak to a member of the Property and Evidence Control Unit at (336) 626-1300 Ext. 300. Items taken as evidence and all firearms will need a court order (disposition) from the court having jurisdiction over the criminal case.

Q: My property was taken as evidence, when can I retrieve it?
A: That depends on the judge, prosecutor or the officer/detective conducting the investigation.

Q: Can someone else pick up my property for me?
A: No. Property must be picked up by owner with identification.

Q: How do I obtain a disposition to restore property?
A: Defendants should ask defensive attorney to submit the request. Complainant (Victim) may contact the prosecutor or a member of the Property and Evidence Control Unit at (336) 626-1300 Ext. 300 to request the return of stolen property.

Q: I lost my wallet (or other item) can I call and have someone check if it has been turned in to the Police Department?
A: Yes. Contact a member of the Property and Evidence Control Unit at (336) 626-1300 Ext. 300 and provide a complete description of the item. The property room staff will conduct a search for the item(s).


Q: When do I need to Report an Accident ?
A: North Carolina law requires that all accidents involving personal injury or death be reported to the nearest law enforcement agency. Any accident where the combined damage to all vehicles involved is over $1,000.00 must be reported. All parties involved in the accident are required to be present at the time the report is filed. Parties involved are required to have their drivers' license, registration for the vehicle, and proof of insurance.

Q: How do I get a copy of a report?
A: Copies of the initial accident report may be obtained at Police Records 8:30 AM till 5:00 PM usually on the following business day. There is a no charge for copies of reports.

Q: What is the "Move Over" Law?
This law protects law enforcement, emergency service and utility workers who are stopped alongside highways. If motorists can safely do so, they must move one lane away from specified vehicles. For details on this law, visit the NC Department of Public Safety web site.

Q: When do my children need to be in car seats?
A: ยง 20 137.1. Child restraint systems required.

(a) Every driver who is transporting one or more passengers of less than 16 years of age shall have all such passengers properly secured in a child passenger restraint system or seat belt which meets federal standards applicable at the time of its manufacture.

(a1) A child less than eight years of age and less than 80 pounds in weight shall be properly secured in a weight appropriate child passenger restraint system. In vehicles equipped with an active passenger side front air bag, if the vehicle has a rear seat, a child less than five years of age and less than 40 pounds in weight shall be properly secured in a rear seat, unless the child restraint system is designed for use with air bags. If no seating position equipped with a lap and shoulder belt to properly secure the weight appropriate child passenger restraint system is available, a child less than eight years of age and between 40 and 80 pounds may be restrained by a properly fitted lap belt only.

(b) The provisions of this section shall not apply: (i) to ambulances or other emergency vehicles; (ii) when the child's personal needs are being attended to; (iii) if all seating positions equipped with child passenger restraint systems or seat belts are occupied; or (iv) to vehicles which are not required by federal law or regulation to be equipped with seat belts.

(c) Any driver found responsible for a violation of this section may be punished by a penalty not to exceed twenty five dollars ($25.00), even when more than one child less than 16 years of age was not properly secured in a restraint system. No driver charged under this section for failure to have a child under eight years of age properly secured in a restraint system shall be convicted if he produces at the time of his trial proof satisfactory to the court that he has subsequently acquired an approved child passenger restraint system for a vehicle in which the child is normally transported.

(d) A violation of this section shall have all of the following consequences:

(1) Two drivers license points shall be assessed pursuant to G.S. 20 16.
(2) No insurance points shall be assessed.
(3) The violation shall not constitute negligence per se or contributory negligence per se.
(4) The violation shall not be evidence of negligence or contributory negligence. (1981, c. 804, ss. 1, 4, 5; 1985, c. 218; 1993 (Reg. Sess., 1994), c. 748, s. 1; 1999 183, ss. 6, 7; 2000 117, s. 1; 2004 191, ss. 1, 2.)