Collisions involving police officers using dashboard mounted computers while they drive are under investigation by authorities. Police in Arlington were involved in 18 crashes over the span of three years. They were minor collisions, and the mayor of the city said their police were trained in typing while driving at the time same time, so he had no problem with their use of dashboard computers. During one crash, a driver was waiting at a stoplight when an officer making a left turn rear-ended her vehicle. Her three-year-old daughter was in the back seat at the time of the wreck, which was thankfully low-speed and did not lead to any injuries. However, this could easily have been much worse. “I was looking right at him the whole time and he wasn’t looking and I did this”, she said waiving her arms. “I started doing this like don’t hit me,” Holland said. “Anybody I told it to were like what? Arlington Police Department? Yes, Arlington Police Department they hit my car.”
The officer told investigators he was typing while glancing down at his mobile data computer. It was a low-speed collision, thankfully. Other videos were obtained showing police cars colliding with other vehicles while at intersections. One officer is shown rear-ending a vehicle, while another is making a left-turn in from of an SUV with two young children inside. The driver sustained minor injuries. Another officer driving 40 miles per hour drove through a barricade on a dead-end street. An officer was asked how distracted he thinks the officer had to be to drive through a barricade. “Well I think the concept of distracted driving is that your eyes are diverted from the roadway and depending upon how long your eyes are averted coupled with the speed of the vehicle can translate to an accident occurring,” said Johnson.
After a departmental review of auto accidents, it was discovered they were supplying the mayor with the wrong information about the number of wrecks. Investigators checked with him to see if that changed his mind. “Not really. No,” he said. “All the information I got came from the police,” he said. “I can’t remember what number I used but apparently it’s wrong if we had that many but it doesn’t change my view at all. Not at all.” The Police Chief says he is changing the written policy of the department so they pull over if they need to type in anything more than a simple command that only involves pushing one button, according to news reports.
A woman’s sister succumbed to her injuries after a crash while texting her in Kansas. Her pickup truck flipped after sending the letter “K” on her phone. The sister is now part of a national campaign to stop texting and driving. She can be seen on tv, billboards, flyers, and heard on radio. She also travels to high schools and colleges to speak about the dangers of texting while driving. There were 495 collisions involving cellphones in 2011, resulting in three deaths and 234 injuries. Kansas banned texting while driving. The victim sent around 100 texts each day up to her accident, according to news reports.
In Texas, a van collided into a parked police vehicle. Just seconds before, a police officer stopped a woman from getting hit by the van by pushing her out of the way. The allegedly drunken driver hit the police vehicle, which sent it hurdling towards the female victim. The police officer was investigating a minor car wreck at the time of the collision. The crash was caught on camera and put onto the Yahoo news site. The 19-year-old woman is recovering from her injuries and calls the police officer who saved her a “hero.” “Thank you doesn’t really cover the fact that I’m here and talking,” she said. The van crashed into the police vehicle while she was discussing an auto accident she’d just witnessed with officers. Her car was parked in the median of the road. The allegedly drunken driver pushed the cop car into her. The police car spun 360-degrees due to the wreck. “I knew that she didn’t see the car coming. I just moved and got her out of the way and wasn’t quick enough to get out of the way myself,”stated the officer. After the wreck, the officer was pinned between the suspect and the police cruiser. He noticed his leg wasn’t pointing in the right direction. He was treated for leg bruising and pulled muscles, while the female victim had a few minor scrapes on her face. “If he hadn’t been there, I don’t know what would have happened to me,” she said. “I call him a hero.” “My job is to serve and protect people. I’m just humbled I got the opportunity to do so,” said the officer. The van driver was arrested at the scene of the wreck, according to news reports.
Texting is a serious no-no when it comes to driving. No one should be made more aware of this than a new teenage drivers. They have the inexperience of being new to driving so the thought of being distracted applies to them the most. To combat a teen’s desire to text while driving is a new class, TRACK, aimed at teaching teens the dangers behind this practice. Hopefully this class will give them all the information they need on why it is a dangerous idea.
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Class teaches teens the danger of distracted driving
A man accused of negligent driving resulting in the death of another driver has plead not guilty, even after in a statement he admits to texting and driving at the time of the accident. The man from Wisconsin Point, Wisconsin, hit another SUV after failing to stop at a stop sign reports say.
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Stevens Point man who was texting while driving pleads no contest in crash …
The Calgary Police Chief wants to do something besides handing out tickets and fines for those driving and being distracted. He wants to start giving demerits that stay in a persons driving record. The result of points on a driving record could lead to many thing but all have the same end result having to pay more money. The Chief is trying to get drivers to be more cautious while on the road. The number of deaths and injuries has risen so much that everyone is doing what the can do bring the number down.
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Bell: Calgary’s top cop demands demerits for distracted driving
This article is about a killing that happened in Utah. There was a man texting and driving. He hit a teenage boy. This article goes in-depth on what happened on this sad day. If you want more details read this article. This article will make you think twice about texting and driving.
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Vernal teen killed by man who was allegedly texting while driving
A high-speed chase nearly ended in disaster Tuesday morning after a routine traffic stop. The traffic stop was conducted due to reckless driving. The driver was going 80 in a 55mph zone. When police attempted to pull the driver over, the Camaro did not stop, but rather sped ahead at speeds of 100mph. At one point, the deputy lost sight of him, and he began to pursue on a different route, according to news reports. Charges may be filed, and the Virginia State Police will continue to investigate the crash.
A driver hit another driver in Bel Air Monday night, then fled the scene of the wreck, according to Harford County police. The 52-year-old driver who hit them called police after the crash. She was drinking at a tavern before the crash happened, and investigators located her vehicle, which had damage to the passenger side and mirror. According to news reports, alcohol is considered a factor in the wreck. She was charged with a DUI, failing to stop at the scene of the wreck that resulted in bodily injury, and failure to render assistance, along with having an unregistered car, negligent driving, and reckless driving, according to news reports.
Six were killed in collisions during the holiday weekend, according to Virginia State Police. This is fewer than last year’s holiday weekend, when 16 were killed in roadway accidents. The crashes that resulted in fatalities occurred in several areas including the counties of Fauquier, Rockingham, Hampton, and Bedford. There were pedestrian crashes along with motorcycle wrecks. Alcohol and not wearing seatbelts were factors in the wreck, according to news reports. “The fact that Labor Day traffic deaths were reduced by half from the year before is very encouraging in our struggle to make Virginia’s highways as safe as possible,” Colonel W. Steven Flahert with VSP said. “Now, let’s make this a habit worth keeping and continue to reduce traffic deaths for the remainder of 2012.”