BRASS-NICKEL
TOURING REGION

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Sharing the Road in NC in 1909
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For centuries, the horse reigned supreme as man’s favorite working machine by providing the much-needed muscle needed in the area of work, recreation, and transportation. With the onset of the popularity of the automobile around the turn of the century, the roles of the horse and the automobile would inevitably collide. Because horses where often spooked by the strange noises of these new inventions, it became necessary for municipalities to address how these two could share the roadways. North Carolina addressed the problem in its 1909 Motor Vehicle Law by devoting four of its twenty-three sections to defining the role of the horse and automobile. 
 

1909 North Carolina Motor Vehicle Law

Approaching Animals

Section 11. “Upon approaching a horse or horses or other draft animals, being ridden, led, or driven thereon, a person operating a motor vehicle shall slow down to a speed not exceeding eight miles a hour and give reasonable warning of its approach and use every reasonable precaution to insure the safety of such person or animal, and in the case of a horse or horses or other draft animals, to prevent frightening the same”.

Signal of Distress - Rendering Assistance

Section 12. “Any person operating a motor vehicle shall, at request or on signal from a person riding, leading or driving a horse or horses or other draft animals, guide such motor vehicle to the right of the wrought or traveled portion of the highway and immediately bring such motor vehicle to a stop, and, if requested shall cause the motor of such vehicle to cease running and to remain stationery and noiseless so long as shall be necessary to prevent accident and insure the safety of others; and it shall also be the duty of any male chauffeur or driver of any motor vehicle, and other male occupants thereof over the age of fifteen years, while passing any horse or horses or other draft animals which appear frightened, or upon the request of the person in charge of and driving such horse or horses or other draft animals, to give such personal assistance as would be reasonable to insure the safety of all persons concerned and to prevent accident”.
 

Law of the Road.
Traveling in The Opposite Direction

Section 13. “Whenever a person operating a motor vehicle shall meet on a highway any other person riding or driving a horse or horses or other draft animals or any other vehicle, and there being no occasion to stop, as above provided, the person operating such motor vehicle shall reasonably turn the same to the right of the center of the traveled portion of the highway, while the person approaching shall likewise turn from the center of the traveled portion of the highway so as to pass the motor vehicle on the opposite side of the center of the highway to which the motor vehicle has been turned; and any person so operating any motor vehicle shall, at the intersection of a public highway, keep to the right of the intersection of the centers of such highways when turning to the right and pass to the right of such intersection when turning to the left”. 
 

Traveling in the same
direction-rendering assistance.

Section 14. “If a vehicle drawn by a horse or horses or other draft animals or a motor vehicle be overtaken by any motor vehicle, and the person in charge of such motor vehicle expresses a desire to pass, it shall be the duty of the driver of any such vehicle or motor vehicle so overtaken as aforesaid to turn either to the right or to the left of center of the wrought or traveled portion of the highway and give the person so making the request an opportunity to pass; but, in passing, the person in charge of such motor vehicle and the other male occupants thereof over the age of fifteen years shall give such assistance as they are able to the occupant or occupants of the vehicle they are passing, if assistance is asked, and in thus passing the chauffeurs, drivers, or operators shall use all due care to avoid accidents”.


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