If driving with a cell phone in your face is like having a six-pack under your belt, would you send a copper out on patrol with six beers in him?
A proposed Ada County ordinance would prohibit SOME drivers from using cell phones while driving, but there would also be exemptions for coppers and other “first responders.”
Today’s modern emergency vehicles are packed with all sorts of electronic devices including radios, computers, telephone links, as many switches and buttons as some airplane cockpits. You cannot “train” someone to safely drive, talk, operate a phone, and check a computer screen.
Meridian recently passed a similar ordinance, but chief Jeff Lavey told the GUARDIAN his officers will have to pull over to use cell phones as a matter of policy, despite the exemption. Hands-free devices are legal for everyone under the ordinance.
Even the state code which bans texting while driving includes first responders. The Ada Commishes are seeking input from citizens according to a story in the IDAHOPRESS.
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