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Distracted Driving Affects Police Force

Steve Wagner

If you think the texting and driving rates have gone through the roof, you haven’t heard the worst of it. Did you know that police officers are actually exempt from distracted driving laws, as long as they are performing tasks for their jobs?

What’s worse is that most police officers aren’t even performing these work-related duties on phones, but on laptops called Mobile Data Terminals (MDTs) located in their vehicles. In fact, police are frequently required to use these MDTs while operating their vehicles, often running license plate numbers, searching for arrest warrants and information on fugitives, and even scanning for stolen vehicles.

So what is keeping these police officers safe while they are performing these tasks? Well, nothing. According to a recent study done in Louisville, KY, 34% of all accidents involving their local police were the fault of the police officers, most often as a result of distracted driving.

In an effort to make law enforcement even safer, and assist them in their duties without endangering others on the roadways, some states are looking to develop completely hands-free police cruisers. These cruisers would have only steering-wheel switches to operate the radio, lights, siren and more, so officers would never have to take their eyes off the road, and essentially, would never have to remove their hands from the wheel either.

Have you been involved in a distracted driving accident with a police officer? If so, the motor vehicle accident lawyers at Wagner Reese may be able to assist you in getting the full amount of compensation you deserve. Call Wagner Reese today at (888) 204-8440 for more information.

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