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Distracted Driving

Georgia Officers Pose as Construction Crew to Catch Distracted Drivers at Busy Intersection

Police say making good distracted driving cases are tough because it is often challenging to figure out exactly what the driver is doing in the car. This way, their cases are much stronger. More Here.

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Virtual Driver Interactive Outreach Programs Promote Driver Safety

Virtual Driver Interactive, Inc. (VDI), provider of simulation training solutions for commercial and education applications, offers public safety lifesaving educational training products and programs: One Simple Decision and Virtual Hazard Detection.

Puerto Rico Officer Dies After Car Crash

Agent Marieli Santiago-Morales of the Puerto Rico Police Department died Wednesday from serious injuries sustained in a car accident on April 4.

U.S. Launches Distracted Driving Crackdown

The U.S. Transportation Department kicked off the first-ever national distracted driving awareness month, and will fund nationwide advertising and law enforcement on texting and other dangerous behavior behind the wheel.

N.Y. Troopers Get Raised SUVs for Cell-Phone Enforcement

New York troopers have begun using raised, black SUVs to allow troopers to peer down into other cars to crack down on the use of cell phones by motorists.

Video: Sleeping Driver Causes Fla. Cop's Rollover Crash

A Jupiter (Fla.) Police officer was injured Sunday when a sleeping driver struck his patrol car, sending him into a tree and rollover crash. Officer Jason Starks was not seriously injured.

The Dangers of Distracted Driving

We have statutes in many states against distracted driving, including texting while driving, talking on a cell phone, and other technological multi-tasking. So given the prevalence of in-car computers in patrol cars and how they are often used by an officer who is driving, we have to ask if the rules governing distracted driving apply to police officers as well as the public.

No Jail Time for Trucker In N.Y. Cop's Death

The truck driver who fatally struck and killed a Nassau County (N.Y.) Police officer while asleep at the wheel paid a $500 fine and lost his driving privilege.

Is Voice Recognition Ready for Prime Time Policing?

If I were working a patrol shift, hands-free computing could be a lifesaver. I could be driving to a call for service with both hands on the wheel and retrieving (via voice command) critical dispatch information from my mobile computer.

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NTSB Recommends Nationwide Ban on Driver Cellphone Use

The National Transportation Safety Board has recommended a nationwide ban on driver use of all portable electronic devices in a vehicle, including hands-free devices. Exceptions would be devices that assist the driver in getting to a destination and for use in emergency situations.

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