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The Hillsborough Police Department recognizes the inherent danger that exists when employees operate vehicles while distracted. The use of cellular phones, computers, or other electronic devices while operating a vehicle can cause unnecessary distractions, presents a negative image to the public, can interfere with the safe operation of a vehicle and can impede response to calls for service.
It is the policy of the Hillsborough Police Department to establish practices that reduce or eliminate distractions while employees are operating town-owned vehicles in motion.
Distracted Driving - any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. Employees who use a cell phone while driving expose themselves and others to a significant safety risk. Studies on cellular phone related vehicular accidents reveal that those individuals using cell phones while driving were significantly more likely to have an accident than those not using cell phones.
Electronic Wireless Communication Devices – any device that can be used to send or receive information and/or communicate wirelessly. This includes, but is not limited to, cellular phones, smart phones, laptops, GPS devices or tablets, regardless of whether they are provided by the Town or personally owned.
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C. PROHIBITIONS WHILE OPERATING A VEHICLE
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Town of Hillsborough
PO Box 429, Hillsborough, NC 27278