State Supreme Court Strikes Down Chapel Hill's Cellphone Law

The North Carolina Supreme Court says the state's first local ordinance banning drivers from using cellphones is invalid.

The high court on Thursday ruled unanimously that state laws regulate highways and roads and that prohibits the town's enforcement of the cellphone ban.

The court also struck down a separate town ordinance regulating towing.

George King runs a Chapel Hill towing business and sued the town challenging both laws. King said he could not obey the town's towing laws without breaking its cellphone ban. The town had required tow-truck operators to notify police before moving a vehicle and returning calls from vehicle owners within 15 minutes.

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