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Seen in the North Precinct: a Seattle Police Department patrol car driven by a uniformed officer wearing white audio ear buds and talking on a cellular phone held to his right ear.
Emergency vehicles are exempted from Washington's ban of handheld mobile phone use behind the wheel, but perhaps the police department should invest in some Bluetooth ear pieces anyway, as I did to comply with the law. As for the ear buds, I don't know why a cop should be listening to a music device while driving, but perhaps it was a podcast of the shift roll call.
I've been meaning to write about mobile phone use while driving. It seems that no one is abiding the law that took effect in 2007. A couple of weeks ago, I saw an angry motorist pull alongside another vehicle on Northeast 45th Street in Seattle and, using hand gestures, berate the other driver, who was talking on a cell phone — as both vehicles were moving.