03/11/2010

Gadgets in squad cars pose 'growing danger' to cops

While gadgets are seen as distractions, first responders are required to use them

By Matt Richtel
International Herald Tribune

Theirs are the most wired vehicles on the road, with dashboard computers, sophisticated radios, navigation systems and cellphones.

While such gadgets are widely seen as distractions to be avoided behind the wheel, hundreds of thousands of drivers - police officers and paramedics - are required to use them, sometimes at high speeds, while weaving through traffic, sirens blaring.

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