Maine police dept. sets no-cell-phone rule for officers

Posted Nov. 26, 2010, at 7:28 a.m.

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — The South Portland police department is implementing a policy to keep officers from using cell phones while driving without handsfree technology.

The policy will begin on Jan. 1.

Police Chief Ed Googins says officers are trying to practice what they preach about avoiding distracted driving.

Patrol cruisers are being equipped with devices that enable officers to talk on cell phones without holding them.

Meanwhile, the Maine State Police began a policy last week requiring troopers to close laptop computers whenever a cruiser is moving.

Robert Schwartz of the Maine Chiefs of Police Association tells the Portland Press Herald he expects more departments to follow South Portland’s lead.

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