New West police explore distracted driving crackdown - on themselves
(CARMINE MARINELLI, 24 HOURS)
The New West Police force is trying to crack down on distracted driving among its ranks. It’s started to test the Vu-Loc technology that disables a patrol car’s laptop while it’s on the move.
Insp. Phil Eastwood told 24 hours Tuesday the device has been installed on just one car to test whether it’ll be “user friendly” for officers.
“The RCMP are also testing it,” he said. “It’s something the policing community has generally been aware of — especially when our focus within the community is on distracted driving as well.”
The force has already tested one technology called the Archangel but found it wasn’t to their tastes. The cost to install Vu-Loc on New West police’s 15-vehicle fleet was not available.
Eastwood expects results from the test to come out in July.
“Any car that has a mounted laptop computer in it will have a Vu-Loc system in it if that’s the system we go with,” he said.
“It’s important for us to make sure we have appropriate technology that prevents those computers from being activated at a certain speed.”