DC Police Not Immune to Cell Phone Law -- Finally

Lanier introduces new policy

By Jim Iovino
|  Friday, Sep 4, 2009  |  Updated 7:15 AM EDT
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DC Police Not Immune to Cell Phone Law -- Finally

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District Police will no longer be able to talk on cell phones while driving -- unless it's an emergency.

Police Chief Cathy Lanier issued the new policy Thursday, saying that was one of the biggest complaints she received from the public.

Until now, officers could use cell phones while driving at their own discretion.  That made many residents furious as they saw officers blabbing on and on in their cruisers while driving around the city. 

Now officers must obey the law and use hands-free devices or pull over before making a call.

Those who don't comply could be ticketed, just like anyone else.

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