The new MERIDIAN city ordinance banning CELLPHONE use while driving will apply to coppers despite an exemption in the law.
Meridian Police Chief Jeff Lavey told the GUARDIAN, “Using the phone while driving can be as bad or worse than driving with a six-pack under your belt.”
He went on to say the new ordinance was copied from Ketchum, Idaho because it had withstood legal challenges. That said, he will make it official policy for officers to pull over if they have to make a call.
The ordinance excuses police, fire, ambulance, and first-responders in general from obeying the cell phone ban while driving. “We will handle it by policy,” said Lavey.
The GUARDIAN has noted it is pretty hard to tell a motorist to, “do as I say, not as I do.”
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