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Tonight at 11: Police driving distracted

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - In Kentucky, distracted driving causes more accidents than drinking and driving. Kentucky State Police statistics show that in 2013, there were 7,164 collisions involving distracted driving, while 4,982 involved alcohol.

Now, a WAVE 3 News investigation found that the people enforcing distracted driving laws don't always have to follow them.

"These are just tools for the trade," said Lt. Michael O'Neil, training commander for the Louisville Metro Police Department.

Police officers are exempt from laws that ban the use of mobile devices behind the wheel as long as they're using them for the job.

Forget about texting and driving. How about typing on a computer and driving?

"I can take you in here and show you some troopers that... can sit [in their police cruiser] and type and send a full length dissertation on something and never look at the screen," said Indiana State Police Sgt. Jerry Goodin.

Trooper and police officers do it daily, although we found they don't always do it perfectly.

See what can go wrong when police officers are driving distracted, tonight on WAVE 3 News at 11 p.m.

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