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.
Labor Day Proclaimed Living Wage Day in Chapel Hill
Curryblossom Cafe is a living-wage certified (full service) restaurant in Chapel Hill.
The Chapel Hill Town Council is celebrating this Labor Day – a holiday honoring workers – by proclaiming it Living Wage Day, encouraging people to show their support and appreciation for living wage certified employers.
Chapel Hill joins with Orange County Living Wage http://www.orangecountylivingwage.org/ and its month-long campaign in September which honors 126 local employers http://www.orangecountylivingwage.org/certified_employers who voluntarily pay a living wage.
The Town of Chapel Hill proclamation recognizes that a living wage can lift workers out of poverty and toward the middle class. The minimum wage has not increased in North Carolina beyond the federally mandated minimum of $7.25. Meanwhile, the costs of housing, food, child care, and health care have increased substantially in the eight years since the federal minimum was last raised.
Employers like the Town of Chapel Hill that pay their workers a living wage report substantially less turnover, better job performance, and higher levels of positive customer engagement.