After a year of uncertainties for Chapel Hill’s towing and cellphone ordinances in 2012, the future of both laws was once again a topic of controversy in 2013 after the North Carolina Supreme Court agreed to review the ordinances in November .
The town modified its towing ordinance, requiring tow zones to be clearly marked, tow operators to alert police when towing a vehicle and tow operators not to tow vehicles more than 15 miles outside of the town. The new ordinance was meant to go into effect in 2012 .
A cellphone ordinance was created in the same year, which banned the use of both handheld and hands-free cellphones while driving. Cellphone use is a secondary offense, meaning a driver would have to be pulled over for another traffic violation before being fined $25.
Year in Review 2013
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Although the ordinances were not connected, George King, owner of George’s Towing and Recovery, challenged both in May 2012, arguing that the ordinances are contradictory and possibly harmful to his business .
“The effect of these ordinances take together threatened (King’s) business,” King’s brief for the appellate court said .