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.
We Won’t Ask for Money to Clear a Charge
The Chapel Hill Police Department has received calls claiming scammers are posing as the Chapel Hill Police Department and other agencies requesting money to clear criminal charges from their record. These calls should be considered fraudulent and should be reported to us immediately.
When the Chapel Hill Police Department contacts individuals, we do not ask for money, gift cards, or personal information if we contact you. We may call you about follow-up information in a case in which you’re involved, and you should be aware of that case ahead of time.
Don’t be afraid to ask for identifying information (a name, position in the organization, call-back number, etc.). Trust your gut; if something doesn’t feel right, you may ask to call the person right back. Give us a call at 919-968-2760 (even if your caller ID is already showing that number).
If you receive one of these calls, take note of identifying details such as accent, what agency they claim to be calling from, and the type of information or payment they’re attempting to get from you, and report that information to us at 919-968-2760.