January Chapel Hill Safety Enforcements

The Chapel Hill Police Department is planning several pedestrian safety enforcement operations in January, in addition to normal patrols. Scheduled special operations include – but are not limited to – the following dates: 

  • Tuesday, January 10, 1 a.m. to 11 a.m. 
  • Tuesday, January 17, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. 
  • Wednesday, January 25, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
  • Monday, January 30, 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. 

*Dates and times are subject to change 

Each effort will focus on areas with heavy pedestrian and bicycle traffic, including downtown, and mid-block crosswalks (ex. along the Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Estes Drive corridors). We encourage everyone traveling, regardless of your mode of transportation, to remember that community safety is a shared responsibility. 

The Chapel Hill Police Department is also planning at least five speed enforcement operations in January – in addition to normal patrols – with the main goal of improving safety for everyone who shares roads. 

  • Tuesday, January 3, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. 
  • Tuesday, January 10, 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. 
  • Tuesday, January 17, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. 
  • Tuesday, January 24, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.  
  • Tuesday, January 31, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. 

*Dates and times are subject to change 

Distracted Driving 

According to the National Safety Council, 96% of people think texting while driving is dangerous, yet 44% do it. If your phone supports it, consider using a “do not disturb” feature while driving. 

Cell phone apps and devices can help drivers stay focused on driving. They prevent drivers from making or accepting calls, texting or accessing the internet, but do not block access to 911. Learn more here

Vision Zero 

On October 13, 2021, Chapel Hill’s Town Council adopted a Vision Zero Resolution, which states that traffic injuries and deaths are not inevitable “accidents” but preventable crashes. The Town committed to eliminating all transportation and mobility related deaths and serious injuries by 2031. This will be achieved through a comprehensive and holistic approach to designing safe roadway systems for all users no matter how they choose to move throughout the community.