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Dallas Chief: Typing While Driving Prohibited

March 11, 2013  | 

Screenshot via NBC DFW.
Screenshot via NBC DFW.
 

Dallas Police officers may type on mobile dashboard computers only in emergency situations, Chief David Brown has told NBC DFW.

Chief Brown gave an interview to the outlet responding to Scott Friedman's investigative reporting on several crashes that were caused because officers were using their MDCs while driving. In four years, there have been 17 such crashes, representing about 1% of all agency crashes.

"We prohibit using the MDC while driving, unless it's to save a life," Chief Brown told NBC. "We're still trying to understand where it's grey. We see it very clearly. It's prohibited, except for emergency situations."

The prohibition on using MDCs isn't specifically spelled out in the Dallas PD's standard operating procedures. Chief Brown cited a city Human Relations policy banning reckless driving.

Tags: Dallas PD, Police Chiefs, Police Vehicle Accidents


Comments (4)

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njmotorcop @ 3/11/2013 6:04 PM

This is new?! When we first got MDCs, some 20 years ago, we all had to read and sign for the county policy which absolutely prohibited operating the MDC when the police vehicle was moving. This did not prohibit operation by a second officer in the car but two man cars were almost unheard of in my area.

Sgt. @ 3/11/2013 10:29 PM

Number one rule in our department. Pull over to type unless you are following a vehicle and getting ready to pull the vehicle over because the vehicle fits a description.

Sgt. @ 3/11/2013 10:33 PM

Two manned vehicles. We are lucky we can man a shift. Two man patrol cars. Those days are over.

paddyT @ 4/6/2013 12:51 PM

Nice glasses, Chief.

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