The N.C. General Assembly is poised to pass the “Run and Your Done” bill, which will go into effect December 1, 2011. This law would allow North Carolina to seize the vehicle of anyone convicted of felony speeding to elude. The vehicle will be auctioned off to the highest bidder, with the proceeds going to support North Carolina public schools.
Building on the ‘success’ of the “Booze it and Lose it” and “Click it or Ticket” campaigns, this law is intended to serve as a deterrent for people who are considering running from the police (and put others on the road at risk by doing so) by putting potential runners on notice that beyond all the other punishments that may come with a conviction of this caliber (as high as a Class H Felony) you also risk losing your car.
With over 2100 people cited for Felony Speeding to Elude in 2010, the legislation is hoping to reduce the number of those cited with this new law.
There is an exception carved out whereby, if the driver of the vehicle is not the owner, the vehicle can be returned to the owner. However, if the same driver were to subsequently use the same vehicle in a felony speeding to elude, the vehicle would be taken.