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While most state distracted driving laws don’t apply to law enforcement departments, a distracted driving accident can cost a department hundreds of thousands of dollars. Additionally, the negative PR can significantly effect the good will the agency has worked to create with the community. Unfortunately, too many officers text or type on their MDTs while driving. ScreenSafe can limit or disable typing while driving.
Distracted driving accidents cost a law enforcement department an average of $24,500 per property damage crash. If a private citizen is involved, the cost can rise to $150,000 per injury and over $1.5 million with a fatality. In addition to the monetary costs, distracted driving accidents can lead to months of public relation challenges, not to mention the damage to a patrol officer’s career.
Exactly how much of a problem is distracted driving for law enforcement? “In a 15-year average, vehicle collisions kill more cops than assaults do”, says Dr. Stephen James, assistant research professor at Washington State University. In 2020, vehicle accidents were the third leading cause of officer fatalities. Don’t let a texting while driving accident cost your department.
ScreenSafe limits distracting interaction for patrol officer’s while still giving access to the MDT when needed.
At an averaged cost of $95 per vehicle per year, ScreenSafe could be the best investment your department will make this year. For less than the cost of one distracted driving accident of $9,500, a department could provide a safer environment for 100 patrol officers.