Kansas Police Officer caught texting while driving

Sunday, September 22, 2013 - 12:03pm

We know that texting and driving can be dangerous and in many places, is illegal.

But what if a police officer is the one sending the message behind the wheel?

A driver in Kansas tweeted a picture of a police officer who appears to be texting as he's driving.

"My buddy was like look, he's texting and driving and there he was, both hands on the phone, and steering with his knee like that and I don't know, kind of floored me, I know."

So when they hit a stop light this man who goes by Chuck Bass on Twitter snapped this photo of the Wichita Police Officer in the car next to him.

Then he posted it on Twitter with the caption, 'So I can't text and drive but y'all can?'

"Honestly I thought it was a joke, I did not think Wichita Police would reply."

But within minutes Wichita Police tweeted back asking for the number of the police car in the picture.

Police say they are now investigating exactly what that officer was doing with his phone.

Kansas law allows law enforcement officers to text and drive if it's work-related.

That's the big question and it's why Social Media Consultant Cindy Kelly cringes at posts like this.

"Personally, I don't think it's cool to call people out publicly on social media, because you just don't know, you don't know the circumstances."

Police Captain John Speer says citizens should alert the department if they have concerns about police behavior.

He says if the officer violated the texting law he'll be disciplined.

Meanwhile this photographer/tweeter says he's not looking for anybody to be fired but he does want police held to the same standards as everybody else.

"If you think about all things I do in my car that I might get pulled over for, why can't the officer be pulled over for the same thing."

Kansas' ban on texting while driving took effect in 2011.

But again, police are allowed to text and drive and even type on their laptops while driving if it's in the line of duty.


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