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Who has the right of way at four-way stop signs in North Carolina?

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According to enacted North Carolina legislation as of June of 2014, the vehicle that comes to a complete stop first has the right-of-way at a four-way stop. This is true for any intersection where stop signs have been added to three or more entrances to the intersection.

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If two vehicles approach the intersection at the same time, a vehicle that is turning right has the right-of-way over the other vehicle. If one vehicle is turning left, and the other vehicle is going straight, the vehicle that is going straight has the right-of-way. All vehicles must come to a complete stop before proceeding, including the vehicle that has the right-of-way. Section 20-158 of North Carolina law dictates who has the right-of-way in various scenarios, including intersections where there are both stop signs and traffic lights.

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