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KIMT News 3 - Officer Glenn Goode has been working as a Motor Vehicle Law Enforcement Officer for more than 11 years now, but he's always learning new things
In fact, for the past few days, he's been training on a new system.
“All that time I’ve had a computer I’ve always been able access that computer if need be while going down the road,” said Goode.
All Iowa Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Law Enforcement Officers and Investigators will have their computers lock down, once they drive more than 15 miles per hour.
Goode says it'll be something to get used to.
“It’s been a little bit of a change however it’s a good change its definitely keeps us from wanting to access the computer when it’s not necessary,” said Goode.
David Lorenzen, Chief of Motor Vehicle Officers for the Iowa DOT, says having his employees adjust to this change is well worth it.
“The law enforcement officers they have so much equipment in their vehicles that it can be distracting at times. We researched and found this piece of equipment is a good proactive approach,” said Lorenzen.
Lorenzen says he hopes it’s a positive example for the public to follow as well.
“We as law enforcement officers need to do everything we can to enforce the laws that are in place and also to model behavior,” said Lorenzen.
“Taking away that desire we're definitely going to reduce accidents caused by distraction,” said Goode.
Lorenzen says they haven't had any past accidents that involved officers using their laptops
These upcoming changes will affect all officers, investigators, and staff who have laptops in place in their cars with the Iowa DOT.
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