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Hatteras Island Customs & Courtesies
We urge you to cooperate and observe the following ordinances and regulations during Hatteras Island vacation:
- All fireworks are illegal on the Hatteras beaches and subject to stiff fines imposed by the National Park Service, as well as confiscation of goods. Additionally, effective June 1, 2007, the sale, possession or use of fireworks is completely banned on Hatteras Island. Violators are subject to a fine imposed by Dare County.
- Unlike the interstate highways leading to the Outer Banks, our posted speed limits are strictly enforced, so please slow down and enjoy your vacation with safety in mind. NC law does not permit passing on the right on a two-lane road, even when the shoulder is wide enough. If you are behind a car making a left hand turn, we suggest you wait until that car has made its turn rather than passing on the right.
- If you are driving while it is raining, NC law requires that you turn on your headlights anytime it is necessary to use your windshield wipers.
- Seat belts are required for all passengers. All children under the age of 5 must be in an approved child restraint.
- NC law requires that all motorcycles burn their headlights at all times and that the driver and passenger wear a helmet. No more than two persons are allowed to ride a motorcycle at the same time.
- When riding a bicycle on Hatteras Island, RIDE WITH THE TRAFFIC and be sure to use designated bicycle lanes. Pedestrians should walk or jog against the traffic.
- Please DO NOT PULL YOUR CAR OFF THE ROAD ONTO THE SHOULDER unless you are in a 4-wheel drive vehicle. You will get stuck in the sand and will need to be towed.
- Midgett Realty is fortunate to have many foreign visitors as guests in our Hatteras Rentals. We would like to share the difference in customs in regard to restaurant personnel. In the US, the wait staff at restaurants earn approximately $2 per hour and rely on tips to make a living. They should indeed earn their tips, and it is customary to leave a 20% tip for good service.
- If you are vacationing in the Outer Banks during the time the sea oats are in bloom, please enjoy their beauty, however, do not pick them. They are protected by federal law and they protect our dunes from erosion. On-the-spot tickets for up to $500 will be written by the National Park Service for violators.