Trooper Seems To Watch YouTube While Driving (Video)

| by Michael Allen
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An unidentified Florida Highway Patrol trooper was recently photographed while allegedly watching YouTube while driving (video below).

Lee County resident James Peebles told WBBH that he caught the trooper "watching cars racing" on the social media site on a laptop inside the squad car.

Peebles was on his way to work on March 31 when he took a picture of the squad car while he was stopped at a red light.

"It blew my mind," Peebles told WBBH. "Everybody's human though, so I do know that we all make mistakes."

"He was watching cars racing is what he was watching," Peebles added.

Peebles posted the picture on his Facebook page, where it went viral.

Florida Highway Patrol told the news station that troopers are allowed to use laptops during the course of official duties inside their cars such as making simple inquiries and viewing incoming messages.

"It's not official business," Jim Kosmerick, a local resident, said of the picture. "There's no way you can convince me otherwise."

The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the matter.

According to the Officer Down Memorial Page, which tracks police deaths, the second biggest cause of death of police officers in 2015 was automobile accidents at 27; motorcycle accidents caused three more police deaths. The leading cause of death was gunfire at 39.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states on its website that "over 8 people are killed and 1,161 injured in crashes" every day that involve a distracted driver.

The government website adds: "Distracted driving is driving while doing another activity that takes your attention away from driving. Distracted driving can increase the chance of a motor vehicle crash."

"Distracted driving activities include things like using a cell phone, texting, and eating. Using in-vehicle technologies (such as navigation systems) can also be sources of distraction. While any of these distractions can endanger the driver and others, texting while driving is especially dangerous because it combines all three types of distraction."

Sources: WBBH, Officer Down Memorial Page, CDC / Photo credit: James Peebles via WBBH/YouTube

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