Tallahassee, Florida (AP) --
Florida Highway Patrol troopers are no longer allowed to use handheld cell phones while driving.
The new policy went into effect for the state's 1,650 troopers
on Monday, Oct. 4.
Authorities say the aim of the initiative is to keep roads safe
and use officers as an example. In Florida, there is no law against
holding a cell phone while talking and driving.
Troopers can talk on their cell phones with a handsfree device.
At least two other Florida law enforcement agencies are
considering similar bans.