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My Turn: Distracting technology in police cruisers

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I'm hoping they might be a little more skeptical if the chief comes calling for more technology for his cruisers. I'm hoping they might be a little more skeptical if the chief comes calling for more technology for his cruisers.

For the most part, Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous has enjoyed a positive relationship with city council.  When he needs something, council usually approves it.

But I'm hoping they might be a little more skeptical if the chief comes calling for more technology for his cruisers.

Our news team revealed last week that preventable accidents involving police cruisers spiked from 3 in 2012 to 29 in 2013. The key word here is "preventable." Meaning they didn't have to happen.

A report issued to the city spelled out that officers were distracted. 

And while the report does make the obvious claim that education needs to be a top priority for these public workers, it also suggests buying new cars with backing sensors, installing rear view cameras and even changing the color scheme of the cruisers to make them more visible.

Let's not throw good money after bad judgment. The report says nothing about potential consequences for officers found to be at fault. It's pretty common in the business world and it just might be a good, low cost, solution for this problem.

That's my turn. Now it's your turn. To comment on this segment, or anything else, email me at yourturn@wect.com.

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