Photo shows Tempe police officer texting while riding motorcycle

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by 3TV

Video report by Mike Watkiss

Posted on June 27, 2013 at 11:13 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 2 at 12:13 PM

TEMPE, Ariz. -- A 3TV viewer snapped a picture of a Tempe police officer texting while riding his motorcycle on U.S. 60 near Stapley Drive in Mesa earlier this week.

The man who took the photo said the motorcycle officer was on his phone for several minutes while traveling more than 80 mph at about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

"I kind of looked over and I saw it and it dawned on me what I just saw and I looked again and that's when I took the picture," Justin Argall said.

Police sent a statement to 3TV, which reads, "The Tempe Police Department does not condone this type of distracted driving. In fact we have instituted specific policies prohibiting texting while operating police vehicles. Texting while driving or performing any activities that take away attention from the driving task are extremely dangerous and should be avoided whenever possible.  Training will be provided to reduce the chance of our officers putting themselves in similar dangerous situations in the future."

The Tempe Police Department did not publicly identify the officer but said he has been counseled and this incident is now considered closed.
 

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