Due to an editing error, a previous version of this story stated that Town council member Penny Rich said she wasn’t sure if students would stop using cell phones in cars under threat of fines, but in fact UNC student Anna Wong said that.
At the public hearing, the council discussed the proposed ban, which would make using a cellphone while driving a secondary offense — meaning a driver would have to be pulled over for a traffic violation before being fined for cellphone use.
The council discussed increasing the proposed fine for cellphone usage from $25 to $100 and applying the proposed ordinance to only handheld devices.
But some council members questioned if Chapel Hill would have the authority to implement the ban — which was first proposed in January 2010 — on state-owned roads.
“I still believe it’s a state issue,” said Councilman Gene Pease.