Ask George King who he’s fighting for at the North Carolina Supreme Court today, and he’ll tell you anyone with a cellphone that drives through Chapel Hill.
King, who owns George’s Towing and Recovery, is at the center of a controversy that started when the Chapel Hill Town Council passed a modified towing ordinance requiring tow operators to post clear signs near tow zones, to alert police when they tow a vehicle and to not tow vehicles more than 15 miles outside of Chapel Hill.
That ordinance was supposed to go into effect in 2012.
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The town’s towing ordinance has drawn criticism since its passage in 2012:
- May 2012: The town’s towing and mobile phone ordinances are supposed to go in effect. George King files an injunction against both bans.
- August 2012: Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson ruled both bans unconstitutional.
- June 2013: The N.C. Court of Appeals rules in the town’s favor.
- March 2014: The Supreme Court will hear King’s case today.
That same year, the town outlawed the use of cellphones while driving, fining drivers $25 for using their phone while driving.
Towing companies said the two ordinances contradicted each other — tow operators were required to tell police when they towed a vehicle but they couldn’t use a cellphone while driving to do so.