The first challenge to that law came from a local towing company, which argued that the cellphone ban is at odds with a law that drivers must call police to report when they tow a car.
Hudson agreed with lawyers for George's Towing & Recovery Tuesday and made his injunction against the ban permanent.
Tom Stark, the attorney for George's Towing, said the town council had exceeded its authority in initiating the ban, and that it would damage his client's business. "The phone is a lifeblood for this kind of business," he said. "This is not a big business with a dispatcher.
"There is not a grant of authority to Chapel Hill to regulate cell phones," Stark said.
Attorneys for the town pledged to work out the conflict between the towing ordinance and the cellphone ban before June 1, but Hudson was unmoved.
The next step for the ban is unclear.
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