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.
Smaller, Homegrown Crowd Comes to Franklin Street
“We’re extremely thankful to Town staff, area partners, and you—the community—for making Homegrown Halloween a safe and happy night this year,” said Chapel Hill Police Chief and Executive Director for Community Safety Chris Blue.
An estimated 15,000 people were observed on Franklin Street at the crowd’s peak.
There were three medical calls for service within the closed area, including two alcohol-related issues.
The streets were reopened by 11:30 p.m. after being cleaned by Town crews.
The Town of Chapel Hill manages the revelers that gather by involving hundreds of law enforcement and community safety personnel from a variety of jurisdictions; and providing for both advance preparation and clean-up of the downtown involving staff from the public works, transit, and parks and recreation departments.
The partnership of the Town of Chapel Hill, the Town of Carrboro, UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC student government, businesses downtown -- and the community at large -- continues to return the event back to a scale that has been more manageable.
If you have comments or feedback about Homegrown Halloween, reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your comments will be shared with the Chapel Hill Police Department, which manages the event, and its community partners.