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Court reinstates Chapel Hill ban on cellphones while driving

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — The state Court of Appeals reversed a lower court ruling Tuesday that struck down Chapel Hill ordinances banning the use of cellphones while driving and regulating towing companies, according to WRAL.

The town adopted the cellphone ban in March 2012, but the ordinance never took effect because towing company operator George King challenged them.

According to WRAL, King also sued over towing regulations that Chapel Hill passed in February 2012 to cut down on complaints about predatory towing. Those rules require tow zones to be properly marked, set fees towing companies can charge, require them to accept credit or debit card payment, mandate that they inform police before towing any vehicle and prohibit impound lots from being located more than 15 miles from town.

King argued that the combination of the two ordinances would harm his business, saying that his drivers would be cited for using a cellphone in responding to calls from people seeking to recover their towed cars.

The town will begin enforcing the cellphone ban on June 24. Drivers will be cited only if they’re pulled over for another traffic violation.

 Read more at WRAL