Florida Troopers Barred From Driving Using Handheld Phones

By: AP
By: AP

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.

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  • by really? on Oct 6, 2010 at 04:20 PM
    how many of the poster's here have been guilty of the same thing? praise should be handed to the troopers for making the first stand. now.. let's see if the county and city will follow suit. better yet, there should be a law against this across the board. most tally driver's can't multi-task between the radio dial and the steering wheel. why add a cell phone to that? ban them from everyone the life they save could be YOUR'S..
  • by Joe Location: Crawfordville on Oct 6, 2010 at 08:54 AM
    Everybody needs to hang up and drive!!!!
  • by Cornelius Location: Quincy on Oct 5, 2010 at 01:28 PM
    There shouldn't even be cops, they serve no purpose but to harass the public.
  • by Jim Location: Tallahassee on Oct 5, 2010 at 12:08 PM
    I think people should be required to talk on their cell phones when they are driving. In fact, some cell phones are designed not to operate unless you are in a vehicle and the vehicle is moving (it uses GPS). I heard there is a bill in the legislature that would require all Floridians to wait until they are driving before they can make phone calls. If this bill is passed, it won't be fair to the Troopers.
  • by Tracey Location: Tallahassee on Oct 5, 2010 at 10:57 AM
    They must have forgot to tell the troopers of this change, I saw one talking on his cell phone and driving yesterday afternoon.
  • by really? Location: Tallahassee on Oct 5, 2010 at 10:05 AM
    To Sonny, mike and Elizabeth. It's not a LAW, it's their policy not to talk on the phone and drive. You can't be given a ticket for not obeying policy. What about talking on the their police radios. Should they pull over to talk on the radio too!
  • by charlie Location: brown on Oct 5, 2010 at 10:02 AM
    I wish people would learn to read before they post stupid comments. It is not illegal for ANYONE in Florida to talk on their cell phone and drive at the same time. It did not pass the process to become law.
  • by mike Location: Tallahasse on Oct 5, 2010 at 09:03 AM
    Good, now let's make sure they get the same ticket we would if caught, not just a warning or talked to by a supervisor.
  • by Elizabeth Location: Tallahassee on Oct 5, 2010 at 08:36 AM
    it's about time, if the public can't drive and talk on cell phone neither can the COPS,what makes them so special?? do as I say NOT as I do..yea right
  • by Anon Location: Tallahassee on Oct 5, 2010 at 07:48 AM
    If it's not a rule already, they need to add one against using laptops or other electronic devices while driving period. I've seen several law enforcement officers talking on the phone and using the laptop at the same time. It's dangerous!
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