Police Departments Change Policy After Seven-Month Investigation
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Some kind of distraction inside an emergency vehicle contributed to at least 70 crashes in 24 months, NBC 5 Investigates discovers.
A prominent group of police leaders is promising new nationwide guidelines to deal with police distracted driving. Read More
An NBC 5 investigation has found there were eight crashes involving Dallas police officers using computers while driving in two years. Read More
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
Fort Worth police now have a tough policy aimed at preventing crashes involving officers typing on dashboard computers while driving. Read More
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
Local departments do not prohibit driving distractions that have caused police crashes. Read More
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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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)