Travel Safety Initiatives
We want everyone to travel safely in Chapel Hill. The Police Department and area partners will continue speed enforcement and Watch for Me N.C. initiatives throughout the month of February. These initiatives are an effort to continue to preserve and enhance a safe community in which to travel, whether on two wheels, four wheels, two feet, or other methods.
Watch For Me N.C. is a statewide safety initiative designed to improve relationships on roads between people who drive, people who walk, people who roll and people who bike. People may receive helpful information, warnings, and in some cases, tickets for violations during these initiatives.
The Chapel Hill Police Department is taking additional steps to encourage safety among all travelers of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and throughout the community. You may notice an enhanced police presence along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The Watch For Me N.C. travel-safety initiative scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 27, is being moved from South Columbia Street to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. You will also notice temporary digital signs along the road to encourage safe-travel behaviors.
Police Investigate Crash Involving Pedestrians
The Chapel Hill Police Department responded at approximately 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 16, to a report of a traffic collision involving a motor vehicle striking two people who were walking. The crash occurred on West Rosemary Street in the crosswalk in front of Shortbread Lofts (333 West Rosemary Street).
The people who were walking, whose names are currently being withheld, were transported to the UNC Hospitals Emergency Room with serious injuries related to the crash.
The driver of the vehicle was cited with failure to reduce speed and failure to yield to a person in a crosswalk.
Distracted driving has been the cause of multiple accidents in this area. This stands as a reminder that all parties need to pay attention when traveling, regardless of the chosen mode of transportation. Limiting distractions, such as cell phone use and reaching for loose items, is key as transportation and the safety of those traveling is a shared responsibility. Keep your eyes on the road and your surroundings.