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    I see police on their cell phones and operating their computers as they drive down the road so is this another double standard to enhance revenue?
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    Let's not forget always going way over the speed limit themselves for no reason. My ex brother in law was a State Trooper with an office job. He drove about 70 miles each way to work and at times I would fall in behind him and run 75-80 mph. He told me I couldn't do that and I told him, if he could, I could.
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    Yep I hate the do as I say not as I do mentality of many (not all) LEO's.

    I've seen several police officers driving in Georgia while talking on their cell phones (any commercial vehicle caught using a non hands free device here in Georgia is a crime with a steep fine) all the time. I also see them speed without their lights on all the time.

    I think police should be required to lock their cell phones up in a lock box in the car when their shift starts. They don't need them. They have a radio connected directly to dispatch if they have an emergency.
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    My eldest sister done had two wrecks from texting while driving and she still hasn't learn. guess its gonna take killing an innocent person to get it through her thick skull its wrong to text while driving.
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    Sounds like the Tennessee State Police have a big budget, the fines from apprehending texter's don't pay for that kind of patrol vehicle.
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    @kev_1270
    Just paying the fuel bill would break most states, can you imagine what they are paying for insurance on one of the big rigs?
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    @Rocker If it works fine, but it won't for long. As soon as more people become aware they will just space themselves and text away from trucks.
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    @Rocker Thanks:) I think this is better than most ideas any police around here have had. I know too many people who have lost their children and other family members in accidents caused by texting. Two families because of others texting and one because of texting themselves. It has got to being a bad problem.
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    And while the police are taking THEIR eyes off the road while behind these HUMONGOUS BEHEMOTHS to notice if you're texting....no danger of THEM plowing into you or missing someone suddenly changing lanes in front of them, eh? LOL
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    @MadAmerican Mad American is right- and open to interpretation. I'm a former Deputy Sheriff, and maintain subscriptions to the USDoj, Law Officer Magazine, and other publications. THE LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH for law enforcement officers at present are TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS. The stupid thing is to place LEO's behind the wheel of one of these 18-wheeled monsters where they can collide with any vehicle, to the sides or one that jumps unexpectedly in front of them, while they're distracted looking out for texters rather than the road. Enough LEOs get killed now in accidents without providing them with an even LARGER vehicle with which to inflict death and destruction on others. You need to read what I posted again. Just because YOU haven't heard of it doesn't mean it doesn't happen. Don't sound like ya did too good in readin' comprehenshon, huh?
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    Nail on the head award of the day goes to you in my sixteen years of experience I would never had considered such a dumb idea even if they double up its a poor use of resources not to mention dangerous.
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    My sentiments exactly. Sounds like whomever is running that department is a few years shy of experience and a few brain cells short for the job, but that is often the case of department brass and commissioners.
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    I saw the news that video taped this and the rig has no trailer attached and there are two officers in the cab, one driving, the other looking and operating the computer and radios. Nice try.
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    Sure ridiculous price to pay to save a life from those ignorant enough to break the law and endanger public safety .You got your priorities straight.
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    @miketost - I'm not that heartless, really. I just think this is such an expensive idea that surely someone can come up with something better than having the police driving big rigs. How about a device built into the car that jams all calls and texts while the car is in motion, except for calls that go through integrated Blue Tooth tech and are totally hands free?
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    @MadAmerican

    Interesting how that is. I assume the same thing. ANYONE who opposes any method to catch texters while driving are most likely doing it themselves.
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    To eliminate a few of the comments about rig costs, fuel costs.....etc, my experience comes into play. I drove a big rig OTR for a few years and know:
    1) The police often confiscate rigs used for drug running. I-40 thru Tennessee is one of the high drug traffic areas for drug trafficking and I see /saw many rigs pulled over for inspection. They probably got their rig for "free".
    2) An empty rig "dead heading" with a decent set up can get up to 10 MPG. My Volvo w/ a Cummins often got that mileage while dead heading......Many 'souped" up cop cars actually get worst mileage than that 10 MPG.
    3) I dislike (as opposed to the hate word) cell phone and texters. They all too often don't watch the road for many seconds (sometimes up to 15 seconds) while reading and texting. 15 seconds equals over a 1/4 mile of not looking (1540 feet)@ 70 MPH. That's a long way of not looking. IMO, they are no better than a drunk driver......
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    Very inventive. Given the level of distraction caused by texting I believe it is worthwhile as the drivers are extremely distracted
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    Yeah probably just as distracting as it will be for the police driving a very large vehicle looking for people texting. You know not watching the road real well while looking for someone texting. I agree texting while driving is very dangerous but I think this plan is equally dangerous.
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    So is it any safer to have an officer driving a semi, while talking on a radio, while trying to look down and see uf the guy in the car is texting?

    What could possibly go wrong????
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    Just my personal experience: I'm a truckdriver with 18 years experience. I've driven over 2 million miles. No accidents, no traffic citations. I've seen people playing on laptops, eating a bowl of cereal, changing clothes, seen naked people driving, guy driving receiving oral, reading a book or newspaper, but nowdays, it really is astonishing the number of people that pass me (my truck is governed at 65mph) texting, holding phone to head etc.
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    @Meanie "training they probably had", well, that's probably true, I am assuming, but having worked in more than one area of law enforc. And watching a person with zero firearms experience actually be quilified with a firearm in just a few weeks. I tend to sometimes question their training, and I was a academy instructor for a couple of years.
    But at least I am sure the officer in the rig has his class A cdl.
    So thats a good thing.
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    If it's run like a speed trap where the officer in the rig signals to patrol cars to pull over offenders and the fine is high enough it could be very cost effective. I am a truckdriver, I wouldn't have any difficulty pointing out a couple hundred texters each day. Ftr, I don't text and drive, my truck has a camera on the windshield watching me.
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    Glad to see they have enough money to buy rigs and pay for the gas just to catch texters! Snark! Snark! Where I'm at it is supposed to be via secondary offense which is still just as confusing.
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    GUESS HOW POLICE ARE GETTING ON TOP OF TEXTING DRIVERS.

    Bet that really makes it hard to drive,
    Driving and texting with a cop on top of ya. Wow, that really sounds unsafe!
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    It's a good idea to use on occasion. The cost of the gas would be prohibitive. Police department are only allotted a certain amount of money. Those texting while driving deserve this. Now they won't know if a big rig is the police or not.
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