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.
Chapel Hill Joins Amicus Brief on Anti-Discrimination Case
LGBT equality and equal treatment builds a stronger community for everyone
Mayor Pam Hemminger, with support of the Chapel Hill Town Council, joined more than 150 mayors from across the country on Monday, Oct. 30, in support of an amicus brief filed by Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination in the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission.
Masterpiece Cakeshop is a pending case before the U.S. Supreme Court. It considers the constitutionality of enforcing anti-discrimination laws when business owners have asserted a religious justification for refusing to provide services to LGBTQ people in violation of those laws.
“Our support upholds the basic values of our community – that Chapel Hill is a Place for Everyone – and that our citizens are not discriminated against on the basis of their sexual orientation or for any other reason,” Mayor Hemminger said. “The outcome of this case will have a significant impact on every city and county across our country.”
The case arises from a finding of the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, which was affirmed by the Colorado Court of Appeals, that a bakery in Colorado violated the state’s non-discrimination law when it refused to sell a wedding cake to a same-sex couple. The bakery contended that it should be exempt from enforcement of the law based on religion or free speech grounds, based on its owners’ asserted religious opposition to same-sex marriage.
The brief supports the decision made by the Colorado Civil Rights commission, saying that public interest is better served when discrimination against protected classes is prevented. There is longstanding legal precedent that businesses cannot discriminate in public services or accommodations on the basis of protected class status regardless of any religious beliefs of the owners. The plaintiff in this case seeks to upend this precedent.
The Supreme Court justices are scheduled to hear oral arguments in the case on Dec. 5, 2017.