ANKENY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa officials are deploying new software to prevent law enforcement officers from using state-issued laptops while driving.
The State Department of Transportation said the laptops in every enforcement vehicles helps officers do their jobs but can also be a distraction that leads to traffic problems and accidents.
The agency said the new software disables a laptop when the car reaches or exceeds 15 mph. The software automatically disables or locks the laptop and its keyboard, mouse, and touch screen.
Officials said critical applications will continue to run. The officer's location is still available to other colleagues, and an officer can use one keystroke to call for help.
The new system will be in use by Nov. 1.
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