Police computers to help stop distracted driving

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

AP-IN--Police-Distracted Driving
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(AP) - Fort Wayne police officers who want to enter data in their in-car computers will have to wait until they stop under new technology designed to prevent distracted driving.

Police Chief Rusty York tells WPTA that Fort Wayne will be one of the first departments in the country to use technology that shuts off computers once a squad car exceeds 15 miles per hour.

York says the goal is to reduce accidents and improve safety and likens it to a state law banning texting while driving.

The screen can be refreshed and officers can check the GPS system for their routes, but they can't enter data or perform warrant or registration checks.

The systems will cost about $100,000 and are supposed to be delivered by the end of September.

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