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Chief Brown Talks with NBC 5 Investigates - Part 4

Chief Brown Talks with NBC 5 Investigates - Part 4

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NBC 5 Investigates' Scott Friedman sat down with Dallas Police Chief David Brown to talk about his department's policies on the use of police computers while driving.

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Mar 7, 2013 Share
Chief Brown Talks with NBC 5 Investigates - Part 3

Chief Brown Talks with NBC 5 Investigates - Part 3

NBC 5 Investigates' Scott Friedman sat down with Dallas Police Chief David Brown to talk about his department's policies on the use of police computers while driving.

Mar 7, 2013 Share
Chief Brown Talks with NBC 5 Investigates - Part 2

Chief Brown Talks with NBC 5 Investigates - Part 2

NBC 5 Investigates' Scott Friedman sat down with Dallas Police Chief David Brown to talk about his department's policies on the use of police computers while driving.

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City Policy Prohibits Typing and Driving: DPD Chief

City Policy Prohibits Typing and Driving: DPD Chief

Dallas Police Chief David Brown gave his first formal interview about a nine-month-long NBC 5 investigation that found police officers in Dallas and across Texas were causing car crashes by typing on mobile dashboard computers... Read More

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Police Group Studying Officer Distracted Driving

Police Group Studying Officer Distracted Driving

NBC 5 investigation into crashes caused by officers using dash-mounted computers while driving draws from attention a national police group and departments across the country.

Dec 17, 2012 Share
Dallas Police Say "No" to Driving Policy Changes

Dallas Police Say "No" to Driving Policy Changes

An NBC 5 investigation has found there were eight crashes involving Dallas police officers using computers while driving in two years.

Nov 16, 2012 Share
Tech Solution Could Prevent Crashes Highlighted by NBC 5 Investigation

Tech Solution Could Prevent Crashes Highlighted by NBC 5 Investigation

Fort Worth police plan to test a new device that limits an officer's ability to use a computer while a police car is moving. A five-month investigation by NBC 5 uncovered dozens of crashes in North Texas involving officers distracted by computers.

Nov 9, 2012 Share
FWPD Implements Distracted-Driving Policy

FWPD Implements Distracted-Driving Policy

Fort Worth police have developed a distracted-driving policy that tells officers not to type on their dashboard-mounted computers while driving.

Nov 5, 2012 Share
Arlington Police Changing Driving Policy Following NBC 5 Investigation

Arlington Police Changing Driving Policy Following NBC 5 Investigation

An open records request filed by NBC 5 Investigates has revealed even more crashes involving Arlington Police officers using dashboard mounted computers while driving.

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FW, Dallas Officers Can Type While Driving

FW, Dallas Officers Can Type While Driving

Local departments do not prohibit driving distractions that have caused police crashes.

How We Did It

Under the Texas Public Information Act, we were able to get a database with reports from accidents across the state involving emergency vehicles. We discovered that in 24 months, there were at least 70 accidents across the state involving emergency vehicles (primarily police cars) where some kind of distraction inside the emergency vehicle was noted as a contributing factor in the crash. That's an average of roughly three crashes a month in Texas. We also wanted to see if police departments in our area had policies regarding the use of cellphones, mobile data computers or mobile data terminals, radios and dashboard cameras. Read More (link to longer write-thru at http://www.nbcdfw.com/investigations/How-We-Did-It-Distracted-Driving-Investigation-164525176.html)

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