North Texas Police Distracted-Driving Policies

Excerpted Mobile Data Computer (MDC) and cellular phone policies from various law enforcement agencies in the North Texas region. All information acquired by NBC 5 Investigators

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Excerpted Mobile Data Computer (MDC) and cellular phone policies from various police departments in the North Texas region. All information acquired by NBC 5 Investigators
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Arlington Police Department
Arlington — No MDC Policy: "I.A. Do NOT use cell phones while operating a vehicle unless using the hands-free equipment or the earpiece attachment. (avail in vehicles without hands free equipment)"
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Arlington Fire Department: 1. At no time should anyone engage in a phone conversation, texting or reading/composing emails on any cellular phone while maneuvering any fire department vehicle
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Austin "305.2.1 MDC use while driving - Use of the MDC by the operator should be limited to times when the vehicle is stopped." (Read complete policy)
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Collin County: 1.01.02 Policy - The Collin County Sheriff’s Office authorizes the use of MDC’s in a lawful, safe, effective, and efficient manner only. (Read complete policy) | 110.220 Operation of County Vehicles - use of a cellphone while operating a county vehicle must be by a hands-free method. (Read complete policy)
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Dallas: No MDC policy | 1101 Cellular telephone - A.3. Do not allow the cellular phone to distract you from your driving.
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Denton: No MDC Policy
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Fort Worth: G. officers shall, whenever possible, use their mobile data computers to access vehicle registrations, wanted persons, and stolen property information computer files. | No particular policy for cellphone use in vehicle.
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KXAS
Irving: 401.04 All due care should be taken when operating the laptop computer. While driving a vehicle, it is considered unsafe to read or type on the computer. (Read complete policy)
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Plano: III.A.4 - The use of handheld electronic devices to transmit text messages or emails while driving is prohibited. Use of MDC while driving is covered with Admin Directive 112.013. (Read complete policy)
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Tarrant County: 1.02.B Operators of vehicles with an MBC in use shall use extreme caution in their use or observation of the MCT. (Read complete policy)
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