When the young guy texting on his cellphone smacked a Boise copper’s patrol unit over the weekend, the incident became THE major local story.
The TV newsies came up with facts and figures of the dangers of inattentive driving along with in-car video of what it looks like behind the wheel when one texts. Coppers and their spokesperson seriously intoned the dangers of not paying attention to one’s driving while video of a crumpled copper car was on the screen.
HOWEVER, who among us hasn’t seen a Boise copper going down the street–often as not at 15 miles an hour–reading his console mounted computer? We have even seen coppers typing as they drive!
Bottom line, copper or kid, it simply isn’t safe to “multi-task” especially when you have to look at a telephone or computer screen. Dedicated as they are–heroes, first responders, dedicated public servants, most coppers are also human and they need to “do as they say.”
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