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.
Message from Mayor Pam Hemminger
Update on Possible Rally
Late yesterday UNC Chancellor Carol Folt sent a message to the University community which addresses the possibility of a rally at 7 p.m. today (Tuesday, Aug. 22) near the Silent Sam statute on UNC campus.
To ensure that our entire community is up to date, I wish to share the Chancellor’s message with you. http://www.unc.edu/campus-updates/message-chancellor-carol-l-folt-possible-rally/ I am also attaching the letter I sent to the Chancellor about removal of the statue. http://www.townofchapelhill.org/Home/Components/News/News/11386/22
In doing so, I want to reassure everyone that our public safety officers, Town staff and the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership are working together with the University and downtown business owners in the best interests of community safety.
In the wake of events in Charlottesville and Durham, we know that tensions are running high, and we wish to reaffirm that the Town of Chapel Hill remains committed to diversity, inclusion and respect for all.
We will continue to look for ways to foster opportunities for peaceful and constructive dialogue on pressing social justice issues so that our community can move forward together.
Along with the University, we are continuing to monitor this situation and will be providing additional information, including possible road closures in downtown, should it be necessary. Subscribe to news from the Town of Chapel Hill at www.townofchapelhill.org/signup, send a request for assistance to email@example.com or follow us on social media @ChapelHillGov.
Mayor Pam Hemminger
Town of Chapel Hill