Judge Blocks Chapel Hill Cell Phone Ban

May 3, 2012

The town of Chapel Hill's attempt to ban cell phone use while driving has been temporarily blocked by a judge's ruling.

Gurnal Scott: Superior Court judge Orlando Hudson's decision yesterday was the result of a legal challenge by an area towing company. George King, owner of George's Towing and Recovery, said he couldn't do business if he couldn't talk to his tow truck drivers out on the road. Chapel Hill attorney Thomas Stark argued those drivers not only have to communicate with their boss, but also use cell phones to call police to report illegally-parked cars they tow. Stark also used the state Attorney General's assertion that it's the state that regulates driving rules. The temporary injunction lasts 10 days. A hearing next week could lead to a preliminary injunction which would remain in effect through any court arguments on the matter.