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 Police, Fire Successfully Reverse Overdose with Naloxone
The Chapel Hill police and fire departments responded to an apparent overdose of heroin Friday and issued Naloxone to the person for a successful overdose reversal.
Police officers were dispatched to a cardiac arrest. Upon arrival, it was evident that the person was suffering from an overdose, and officers administered one dose of Naloxone.
Firefighters arrived a short time later and noticed the person was still unresponsive. A second dose of Naloxone was administered by a firefighter, which improved the person’s conditions. Orange County Emergency Services arrived and transported the individual to UNC Hospitals for additional treatment.
The Chapel Hill Police Department has been certified to deliver Naloxone since August 2015; this is not the first time it’s been used to reverse the effects of an overdose.
The Chapel Hill Fire Department became certified to deliver Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Level of Service June 1, 2017. The program required two years of training and preparation.
With the EMT level of service, firefighters are now able to provide more advanced ways of ventilating and oxygenating patients suffering from respiratory complications and provide medications to patients in anaphylaxis, asthma attacks or opioid overdoses, including the delivery of Naloxone for overdoses.