Technology Added To City Vehicles To Discourage Distracted Driving (VIDEO)

By Emma Koch
By Michael Klopfenstein

July 11, 2013 Updated Jul 11, 2013 at 11:18 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.nbc33.com) -- Mayor Tom Henry's Administration announced the installation of technology to promote safe driving and help minimize distractions to additional city vehicles.

According to a release from the city, last year the Fort Wayne Police Department became the first police department in the country to use a device to enhance safety for officers.

The Archangel II technology was developed in Fort Wayne by SRRS. Archangel II disables the keyboard, trackpad, and touch screen on an in-car computer when the vehicle reaches a predetermined speed. However, the call screen remains visible and active. Archangel II can help protect against accidents caused by distracted driving.

In the coming weeks, several City departments, including Fire, Neighborhood Code, Public Works, and City Utilities will have the technology installed in vehicles.

Earlier this week, the City announced that the Fort Wayne Fleet Department placed 7th on the list of the 100 Best Government Fleets for 2013. The award was presented by Government Fleet magazine and demonstrates the City’s commitment to safety and being an expert in vehicle services.

“The City of Fort Wayne is a leader in using best practices to serve our community,” said Mayor Henry. “Our dedicated employees are committed to safety and meeting the needs of citizens.”

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