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UNC-CH chancellor gets speeding ticket

Posted January 15, 2014
Updated January 16, 2014

— Chancellor Carol Folt of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was issued a citation for speeding on New Year's Day, according to court records.

Folt, 62, is accused of driving at 76 mph in a 55-mph zone in Chatham County, records show, although the precise location of the alleged offense wasn't listed.

The records also note that Folt, who took over as chancellor in July, still has a driver's license and vehicle registration from New Hampshire, dating to her days as provost at Dartmouth College.

Under North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles regulations, people are supposed to register their vehicles and obtain a state driver's license usually within 30 days of moving to the state.

UNC-Chapel Hill issued a statement saying that Folk was heading to a New Year's Day hike with her husband when she was pulled over shortly before 4 p.m.

"She regrets the oversight and fully believes in the practice of safe driving habits and obeying all prevailing traffic laws," the statement said.

Folt has a Feb. 6 court date.


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  • MaxD Jan 23, 2014

    Did PJ learn from her, or did she learn from PJ? Either way, bad example for the kids. Shame on her!

  • jncope Jan 21, 2014

    She should join the football or basketball team. They would get her a tutor to pay the ticket.

  • ggallagher5 Jan 17, 2014

    And the hits just keep on coming!

  • Boogalooboy Jan 16, 2014

    she was off to her tutor job for 5th graders at the Dean Dome.... I'm sorry , I retract that, Dean doesn't deserve such...I'm embarrassed for him...

  • Wacky_dood Jan 16, 2014

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    For the record, I've never received a ticket for driving the speed limit.
    When I was a police officer, I never issued a citation for driving the speed limit as it's not illegal to be in compliance with the law.

  • disgusted2010 Jan 16, 2014

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    Interesting how WRAL will post blatant liable but censors anything that brings their lack of ethics or hiding behind the first amendment when needlessly hurting people in a poor attempt at entertainment. Of course this will never see the light of day.

  • ahlsmiles Jan 16, 2014

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    DR Sanchez gave me my laugh for the afternoon. Right on point!

  • Mom2two Jan 16, 2014

    But she HAD to speed. At the rate our developers are destroying our natural environment, they could get there and the forest would be GONE.

  • Dr Sanchez Jan 16, 2014

    You've got to be kidding me WRAL. I am a NCSU grad and Pack fan. This is just ridiculous. Why don't you start putting up the tickets of your very own people. I am sure nobody at WRAL has ever received a speeding ticket. Maybe you should report on the fashion citation given to Deb Morgan yesterday.

  • GravyPig Jan 16, 2014

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    Yes, the news does need to dig things up to stay in business. They got you to read the article and you commented twice. Seems to me they are doing their job quite well.