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Jul 31, 2012 Share
Distractions Lead to Frequent Officer Crashes

Distractions Lead to Frequent Officer Crashes

Some kind of distraction inside an emergency vehicle contributed to at least 70 crashes in 24 months, NBC 5 Investigates discovers.

Dec 20, 2012 Share
Police Chiefs Mull Distracted-Driving Policies

Police Chiefs Mull Distracted-Driving Policies

A prominent group of police leaders is promising new nationwide guidelines to deal with police distracted driving. Read More

Dec 17, 2012 Share
DPD Says "No" to Driving-Policy Changes

DPD Says "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. Read More

Nov 15, 2012 Share
New Technology Could Stop Distracted Officer Crashes

New Technology Could Stop Distracted Officer Crashes

Fort Worth police plan to test a new device that prevents officers from typing and driving. Meanwhile, Colleyville police are reviewing their policy on distracted driving after an officer hit two pedestrians last month. Read More

Nov 8, 2012 Share
Fort Worth Police Ban Typing While Driving

Fort Worth Police Ban Typing While Driving

Fort Worth police now have a tough policy aimed at preventing crashes involving officers typing on dashboard computers while driving. Read More

Nov 4, 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. Read More

Jul 31, 2012 Share
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. Read More

Jul 30, 2012 Share
Distractions Lead to Officer Crashes

Distractions Lead to Officer Crashes

Some kind of distraction inside an emergency vehicle contributed to at least 70 crashes in 24 months, NBC 5 Investigates discovers. Read More

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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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