Busy Night Ahead For CHTC

By Elizabeth Friend Posted June 17, 2013 at 8:15 am

CHAPEL HILL – The Chapel Hill Town Council will review towing regulations and the town’s cell phone driving ban at a meeting Monday.

Earlier this month, the North Carolina Supreme Court dissolved an injunction that had prevented the town from enforcing rules against predatory towing .

Now, it’s set to go into effect next Monday unless the council decides otherwise.

When the council enacted Chapel Hill’s cell phone driving ban in March of last year, it was the first in the nation to prohibit the use of both hand-held and hands-free devices behind the wheel.

Last week, the chair of the National Transportation Safety Board wrote to the mayor in support of the ban, citing new research on the dangers of using hands-free devices while driving.

However, opponents say the ban is an over-reach of authority that leaves the town open to more lawsuits.

The council will consider reviving an educational campaign on the ban that was delayed during litigation.

The council will also hear the town manager’s response to petitions regarding employee grievances, and consider possible changes in how the Personnel Appeals Committee resolves conflicts involving town employees.

The council meets at 7:00 p.m. Monday in Council Chambers at Town Hall.

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