Police officers know the rules to enforce — and the ones that don’t apply to them.
A local resident questioned the Bellevue Police Department on Friday night after seeing an officer talking on a cellphone while driving. In a Twitter post, the person suggested an officer was breaking the state law that restricts cellphone use in vehicles.
The department responded, saying law-enforcement officers are exempt under RCW 46.61.667. Sure enough, the law says the cellphone restrictions don’t apply to a person operating an “authorized emergency vehicle.” The law also spells out how average motorists can use cell phones — with a hands-free device or in special circumstances, such as when reporting illegal activity.
@SVRwrks Thanks for your feedback. Please check RCW 46.61.667 that shows law enforcement are exempt under law.
— Bellevue Police PIO (@BvuePD) May 24, 2014