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2012-07-31 09:59:57 AM
I see it all the time in Houston. Cops live by the "Do as I say, not as I do" mantra. Half the time you'll see Solitaire/Free Cell open.
 
2012-07-31 11:55:57 AM

scottydoesntknow: I see it all the time in Houston. Cops live by the "Do as I say, not as I do" mantra. Half the time you'll see Solitaire/Free Cell open.


In North Carolina, the police are specifically exempted from the law about have a screen facing you, but they don't seem to realize that they are still not allowed to USE that screen.
 
2012-07-31 11:58:53 AM
wow nbc, your news is so farking timely

Watching the olympics I see the local houston nbc affiliate is covering an issue the other 2 network affiliates hit last year
 
2012-07-31 12:02:02 PM

loonatic112358: wow nbc, your news is so farking timely

Watching the olympics I see the local houston nbc affiliate is covering an issue the other 2 network affiliates hit last year


Did they start showing London olympics or are they still showing the one from China?
 
2012-07-31 12:04:54 PM
They've really been ramping up the whole "no cell phones while driving" thing in my area, and I swear I cant remember the last time I saw a cop who WASNT on his phone. Its almost like they work telemarketing jobs like cab drivers.
 
2012-07-31 12:06:20 PM
This has been going on for YEARS, I had a buddy that spend some time as a county sheriff reserve, the officers often drove while looking at the screen, some of them even claimed they were trained to drive that way (without looking at the road). Then he said something about "more accidents than the average driver"
but since I'm pretty sure that correlation does not equal causation... I can only assume that they are just shiatty drivers.
 
2012-07-31 12:06:36 PM

chandler_vt: Did they start showing London olympics or are they still showing the one from China?


the tape delay isn't that bad

mind you with as much yammering as nbc allows their talking heads to have it was hard to follow the opening ceremony
 
2012-07-31 12:07:40 PM
interview with arlington pd was even better last night...he pretty much had the 'itll happen to everyone but us' mentality.

/staying tuned
 
2012-07-31 12:08:18 PM
If a department has a "don't do X while operating a vehicle" policy, if they really meant it they could equip their cars and electronics with interlocks that would make X impossible while the vehicle was in drive. Anything less and they haven't done enough and SHOULD get their asses sued off if a cop injures somebody.
 
2012-07-31 12:10:24 PM
not to worry - they're specially trained to drive better than you
 
2012-07-31 12:10:43 PM
The Belleville Illinois cops can drive, smoke, talk on a cell phone and answer Outlook emails while they drive. Protecting and Serving are still on the list. Just further down.

I think that it's wonderful that the local PD replaced all their expensive radios with a cell phone. Oh? That's not an official cell phone? Just their personal one? Oops. Nevermind.
 
2012-07-31 12:12:56 PM
How many years did the police go without laptops and cell phones? Don't give me this shiat about "Other technology that's available could lock the computers while the car is motion. But some agencies are concerned that would prevent officers from exchanging vital information on their way to a call." Use the damn radio.
 
2012-07-31 12:13:14 PM
I still see it here in Austin. Every damn day.
 
2012-07-31 12:14:33 PM
Note that these criminals also push for "not us" exceptions as they lobby for "distracted driver" laws.

fark 'em all. Hopefully the next one runs over his own.
 
2012-07-31 12:25:00 PM
Several years ago, I had a job testing police radios that required me to ride around with a lot of cops, so I'll let you in on the technique: they steer with their knees so they can type properly, with both hands.
 
2012-07-31 12:27:11 PM

loonatic112358: wow nbc, your news is so farking timely

Watching the olympics I see the local houston nbc affiliate is covering an issue the other 2 network affiliates hit last year


I'm enjoying them showing "live shots" of London during the 6pm (CT) and evening broadcasts.

6pm broadcast:

"Let's take a look at our live shot of London. The sun is just starting to rise over the city."
*5 min later*
"Let's take another look at our live shot of London. The sun is coming up over the horizon."
*5 min later*
"Let's take another look at our live shot of London. It's morning in London and the sun is rising."

11pm broadcast:

"Let's take a look at our live shot of the Olympic torch."
*5 min later*
"Let's take another look at our live shot of the Olympic torch."
*5 min later*
"Let's take another look at our live shot of the Olympic torch."
 
2012-07-31 12:28:11 PM
Obviously these officers are well trained. Hell slap a one of these in the car and they are good to go!


Link
 
2012-07-31 12:34:44 PM
But But But..........I thought their superior training allowed them to do things like this safely.

Or maybe, as already stated, "My superior training and badge allows me to say do as I say not as I do".
 
2012-07-31 12:35:57 PM

Outlaw2097: interview with arlington pd was even better last night...he pretty much had the 'itll happen to everyone but us' mentality.

/staying tuned


It was Arlington Mayor Cluck who was saying that. It was pretty interesting....he came across as having the mentality of a teenager.

/His officers are "above the fray"
//The top driving instructor for the Dallas PD disagrees with Cluck
///But I think I'll take Cluck's professional opinion on the matter over someone with experience and training
 
2012-07-31 12:39:51 PM
On a simular vain, I was pulled over once shortly after getting a new (used) car. The reason? The window tint on the drivers window was too dark. I pointed out that I had gotten the vehicle like that, and that in fact it was a former police car. The cops response? "Police have different rules"

At least I only got a warning, and no ticket. Even though everyone that had a look at the tints agreed that the cop was just being a prick, I got those tints taken off anyways. Do not need the hassle.
 
2012-07-31 01:04:42 PM
How is this news? I thought cops did this everywhere. In Orlando, the only cops who aren't driving on the phone while constantly looking at their laptop screen, are aggressively pulling people over for going more than 5 over the speed limit (on an expressway/interstate as they go 15 faster than flow of traffic), or at a speed trap.

I feel safer when I see them staying in the same lane for more than 10 seconds, and at the speed limit. I'll pull up next to them, and sure enough, they're grossly absorbed on the phone or laptop, and know I can drive about my business with no worry of hassle.
 
2012-07-31 01:07:12 PM
It doesn't need to be in park, but the speedometer needs to be at 0. Anything above 0 and the screen goes blank and the keyboard stops working.
 
2012-07-31 01:14:26 PM
I feel safer.
 
2012-07-31 02:06:36 PM
PIGS.
 
2012-07-31 02:08:10 PM
It's not just Texas; they're doing it in San Diego, too. Talking on cell phones...using laptops while driving.
 
2012-07-31 03:07:07 PM

FlippityFlap: I still see it here in Austin. Every damn day.


If they're not poking at the laptop they're on the phone. Or both.

Seriously, I can't remember the last time I saw a cop drive by in a marked car who wasn't on the phone.

They're professionals though, so it's okay. Right?
 
2012-07-31 03:08:30 PM
Cue the cop fluffers
 
2012-07-31 03:08:57 PM

Hypothetical Imperative: FlippityFlap: I still see it here in Austin. Every damn day.

If they're not poking at the laptop they're on the phone. Or both.

Seriously, I can't remember the last time I saw a cop drive by in a marked car who wasn't on the phone.

They're professionals though, so it's okay. Right?


Same here in Tampa. In their defense, it's hard not to spot at least a few civilians on their damn phones at any intersection.
 
2012-07-31 03:37:44 PM
cause they are 'trained' to drive while distracted by any or all of the following:

police radio
police radio (on belt tuned to different channel so they can chat without being recorded)
cell phone
police computer


but please stop texting citizen.

/honestly, texting and driving is bad news. please stop it.
 
2012-07-31 06:03:18 PM
I see this in Illinois pretty much every time i see a cop. Which is pretty much never.
 
2012-07-31 06:21:40 PM
Heh I was sitting at a red light yesterday, A cop turned on his sirens to get through the light he had a cell phone trapped between his ear and should and was pointing at his computer screen with the same arm.. After he went through the intersection he turned off his lights and drove normally...Well still while talking on the phone im guessing,

//I wish I was making this up
 
2012-08-01 12:00:38 AM
They need to install a device that disables the computer while the vehicle is in motion. Problem solved.
 
2012-08-01 12:06:11 AM

Nhojwolfe: Heh I was sitting at a red light yesterday, A cop turned on his sirens to get through the light he had a cell phone trapped between his ear and should and was pointing at his computer screen with the same arm.. After he went through the intersection he turned off his lights and drove normally...Well still while talking on the phone im guessing,

//I wish I was making this up


I get the part about the cell phone, but what's wrong with the cop turning on his siren to get past the red light? Cops don't respond to every situation with lights flashing and sirens blaring. Just because the lights aren't on doest mean he didn't need to get someplace quickly.
 
2012-08-01 07:27:38 AM
Oh man, just last week I was coming home from work, safely doing 25 in a 25 zone (They're vicious around here, since the City Council pretty much snorts the entire city's budget every year), and a "low-profile" cop car comes blasting past me doing at least 50. He zooms up to the four way stop ahead and blows right through it and then blows right through the four-way burned-out traffic lights right after that. Never even slowed down and didn't even bother turning on his flashers, either.

I've seen them hanging out at the local gas stations, too, stocking up on junk food. Two of the whitest, pastiest, chunks of flubber I've ever seen this side of the Mason Dixie Line. Wannabe military haircuts and Official Douchebag Brand™ sunglasses to complete the look (this is at night, mind you).

Hamtramck cops exist only to make the Detroit ones look better in comparison.
 
2012-08-01 09:41:41 AM
You would think we could have heads up displays and little backwards keyboards on the steering wheels...actually VOLVO's built in GPS units work a little like that..the displays are horribly positioned, but there is a little track pad/mouse thingy on the steering post at least on the XC90 I had for a while...nice little truck/car/whatever it was a 2008 I think;I miss it....it was a truck with a tiny dick, but it sure was comfortable
 
2012-08-01 11:08:24 AM

ReapTheChaos: Nhojwolfe: Heh I was sitting at a red light yesterday, A cop turned on his sirens to get through the light he had a cell phone trapped between his ear and should and was pointing at his computer screen with the same arm.. After he went through the intersection he turned off his lights and drove normally...Well still while talking on the phone im guessing,

//I wish I was making this up

I get the part about the cell phone, but what's wrong with the cop turning on his siren to get past the red light? Cops don't respond to every situation with lights flashing and sirens blaring. Just because the lights aren't on doest mean he didn't need to get someplace quickly.


Turning them back off and driving the speed limit makes me think the only place he needed to get was to the donut shop. I've seen this a number of times...lights go on, drive through intersection, lights go off, cop drives the limit. No sense of urgency other than to not have to sit at a light like the lesser people.
 
2012-08-01 11:11:17 AM

IamSoSmart_S_M_R_T: ReapTheChaos: Nhojwolfe: Heh I was sitting at a red light yesterday, A cop turned on his sirens to get through the light he had a cell phone trapped between his ear and should and was pointing at his computer screen with the same arm.. After he went through the intersection he turned off his lights and drove normally...Well still while talking on the phone im guessing,

//I wish I was making this up

I get the part about the cell phone, but what's wrong with the cop turning on his siren to get past the red light? Cops don't respond to every situation with lights flashing and sirens blaring. Just because the lights aren't on doest mean he didn't need to get someplace quickly.

Turning them back off and driving the speed limit makes me think the only place he needed to get was to the donut shop. I've seen this a number of times...lights go on, drive through intersection, lights go off, cop drives the limit. No sense of urgency other than to not have to sit at a light like the lesser people.


Not only that, my cousin (OKC PD) and my old neighbor (San Diego PD) say that it's not discouraged a bit. It's not actively encouraged but they see nothing wrong with it because it's a benefit of "serving the people" as they put it. (Well, my cousin is quite a bit more flavorful with his words...)
 
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