Citing his own distraction while driving, Boise’s top copper, Mike Masterson, announced a new policy banning texting on phones and mobile devices in BPD squad cars.
The use of those front seat laptops will continue until new hands free and voice recognition equipment can be purchased and installed within the budget constraints and technological developments. He said several devices are currently being tested by the department.
Masterson acknowledged the GUARDIAN and “intelligent discussion on the blogs” influenced his decision to ban the cellphone and personal device texting. He said nearly 30 states have passed various laws banning cell phones and texting while driving and that law enforcement needs to take a leadership role and play by the same rules whenever possible.
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