The Iowa Department of Transportation will soon use new software to disable laptops in every patrol vehicle in its Motor Vehicle Enforcement division.
Laptops in the vehicles assist officers in their work, but can also be a dangerous distraction. The software, Arch Angel, will disable the laptops when the vehicle reaches 15 miles per hour.
Critical applications will still be available to officers – like a one keystroke call for help and a map showing the location of the emergency they’re responding to and the locations of other officers also in the area.
“Distracted driving can contribute to crashes and other traffic problems, such as sudden stops, departing from your lane, and inconsistent speeds. As a law enforcement agency, it is our duty to not only enforce laws related to those issues and be part of the solution, not part of the problem,” says MVE Chief Dave Lorenzen.
The new technology is expected to be in use by November 1st.