Politics & Government
5:00 am
Fri August 3, 2012

Judge Blocks Chapel Hill Cell Phone Ban; Towing Ordinance

A judge has found the Town of Chapel Hill's proposed cell phone ban and towing ordinance to be unconstitutional.

Gurnal Scott: The ruling was handed down in Durham yesterday by Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson. The ban was to take effect in June but a complaint by George's Towing and Recovery a Chapel Hill business said the ordinance would hurt the company financially. George's Towing argued the towing ordinance would make companies answer their cell phones immediately when called something the cell phone ban would prohibit. Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt said he was disappointed by Judge Hudson's ruling. In a statement released yesterday, he continued to stand behind the town's towing from private lots ordinance which has been in place for a decade. The town is considering holding a special meeting that could change the current ordinance to to comply with the order..or perhaps they could appeal the judge's ruling.