Idaho coppers including the State Police, Sheriff’s Association and Chiefs of Police offered testimony today before the Idaho House during a hearing on the proposed texting ban while driving. ALL THREE GROUPS ASKED THE LAWMAKERS TO REMOVE THE EXEMPTION FOR COPPERS.
The House agreed and sent the bill back for amendments to remove the law enforcement exemption. Good for the goose is good for the gander. Kudos to all concerned.
The GUARDIAN and readers had come down hard several years ago on the issue, prompting Boise PD chief Mike Masterson to make it a department policy to ban texting while driving. That policy is well on its way to becoming state law.
Today Masterson said the department still uses mobile computers in their patrol cars, but they are exploring various hands free devices. While the GUARDIAN still has problems with coppers reading and typing on a computer while a vehicle is in motion, it is clear the copper community understands the dangers involved and have moved in the right direction.
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