Under the provisions of Chapter 115D-21 of the General Statutes of North Carolina, RCC’s school resource officers as well as other local or state law enforcement agencies can enforce the traffic regulations of the College. All of the provisions of Chapter 20 of the General Statutes relating to the operation of motor vehicles on the highways of the state of North Carolina shall apply to the streets, roads, alleys, and driveways on the RCC campus. Any person violating any of the provisions of the state traffic laws (Chapter 20 of the General Statutes) on the streets, roads, alleys, and driveways on the RCC campus may, upon conviction, be guilty of a state traffic offense, not just a campus traffic policy.
In addition to the provisions of Chapter 20 of the General Statutes, the following rules and regulations are applicable to the parking lots on the RCC campus. The school resource officers have the responsibility and authority to enforce all of these rules and regulations.
The speed limit on any street, road, alley, driveway, or parking lot on the campus is 10 miles per hour.
Other Traffic Regulations
Other regulatory signs are posted on campus and can be enforced under the provision of NC traffic laws by any local or state law enforcement official.
Reckless driving of any type will NOT be tolerated on campus.
RCC assumes no responsibility for damage to any vehicle while parked, towed, stored, or operated on the campus, or for the contents in vehicles on campus.
Parking is allowed only in lined parking spaces. Temporarily parking close to a building is allowed by staff or faculty for loading and unloading purposes.
The following colors are used to designate parking:
- White is for general parking.
- Yellow is reserved for faculty & staff. (The first five spaces of the main faculty/staff lot in front of the AE Building are reserved for official RCC vehicles only.)
- Blue is reserved for handicapped parking (with an approved NC handicap tag).
- Green is reserved for visitors.
- Red will be used to mark fire lanes and fire hydrant zones and other no parking zones. Fire lanes and fire hydrant zones are considered immediate towing zones.
A parking permit (hang-tag) is required for each vehicle owned by a RCC employee (faculty and staff). These hang-tag permits must be hung from the rear-view mirror or displayed on the front dashboard for identification.
Parking permits issued to students should be displayed in the rear window of the vehicle for identification.
Failure to properly display a parking permit could result in a parking violation being issued.
Staff/faculty parking permits should be turned in with other school property upon the termination of employment.
Parking in a handicap parking space will be ticketed under the provision of North Carolina Laws and is subject to fines by the city, county and or state.
Penalties for violations of the parking policy will result in a “warning ticket” on the first and second violation. However, a third parking violation by the same vehicle will result in towing. The Parking Violation period will run each academic year from August to July.
Warning tickets may be issued for:
- Parking in a staff/faculty space without the proper hang-tag displayed.
- Student vehicles parking in the visitor parking spaces.
- Parking over the parking space lines.
- Parking in the grass, in any area that is not a designated parking spot, or in any area that is marked as “No Parking.”
- Any other unsafe or inappropriate parking.
The vehicle owner is responsible for any warning tickets placed on their vehicle, regardless of who is operating the vehicle at the time the violation occurs. The owner is also responsible for any cost or legal actions if the vehicle is towed.
Immediate Towing Violations
Vehicles may be towed immediately for blocking a fire hydrant, fire lane, driveway, street, road, alley or parking spaces on campus that would cause a delay of emergency vehicle access or cause any other safety hazard. Fire lanes will be marked with the lettering “Fire Lane” and a fire hydrant zone is defined as the area extending 15 feet on each side of a fire hydrant.
When a vehicle is towed, the Director of Safety or School Resource Officer will attempt to notify the owner where the vehicle is located and the procedures to reclaim it. If the owner cannot be located, the Director of Safety or the School Resource Officer will notify the owner by telephone or mail. The notification will include information about the appeals of impoundment. All appeals of impoundment and towing will be heard by a Randolph County Magistrate, as required by General Statute 20-219.11.
Appeals of parking penalties shall be submitted in writing to the Director of Safety & Emergency Preparedness within 3 business days of the warning. A decision will be given in writing within 5 business days after the receipt of the appeal.