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Mayor’s cellphone use whereas driving violates Metropolis of Portland Administrative Guidelines

Metropolis of Portland Personnel Guide

Wheeler throughout yesterday’s metropolis council assembly.

On Wednesday, Mayor Ted Wheeler took half in a metropolis council assembly and spoke into his cellphone whereas driving. That habits will not be solely harmful however it units a really unhealthy instance for a metropolis that’s reeling from file visitors deaths. With a double-fatal automotive crash in north Portland this morning our grim tally is as much as 65 for the yr, the best in over three a long time.

And whereas utilizing a hands-free machine whereas driving doesn’t technically run afoul of Oregon regulation, it seems Mayor Wheeler was breaking a Metropolis of Portland Administrative Rule.

Wheeler was in clear violation of Administrative Rule 4.13 Car Loss Management (7) as discovered within the Worker Conduct & Expectations Guide. “The aim of this rule is to restrict the Metropolis’s monetary danger and to maximise the protection of drivers, passengers, and the general public when autos are pushed on Metropolis enterprise,” the textual content of the rule states. “This rule applies to all metropolis workers, volunteers and others licensed to drive on metropolis enterprise in any automobile.”

Right here’s the textual content of the precise rule that applies on this scenario (emphasis mine):

Cellular Digital System Limitations. No particular person shall drive on Metropolis enterprise whereas working a cellphone or different cell digital machine, both with or with out a hands-free accent besides as follows:

a) This prohibition doesn’t apply to sworn members of the Bureau of Police and the Bureau of Fireplace and Rescue. These bureaus shall be accountable for creating and implementing separate work guidelines associated to the usage of cell communication gadgets whereas driving and shall present clear expectations for protected, authorised use.

b) Staff could use a hands-free Cellular Digital System for GPS/wayfinding utilizing the audible operate on the machine.

c) Making or receiving requires emergency dispatch, reporting criminality or to forestall harm to individuals or property are allowed however drivers shall make each effort to securely park the automobile if doable earlier than making such calls.

d) Staff who use mounted mounted two-way radios are permitted to watch the radio and to briefly reply. If an extended response is required, the motive force is predicted to park the automobile earlier than making the decision.

The mayor’s scenario doesn’t match into any of these 4 exceptions. So except he’s not thought-about a “metropolis worker” and doesn’t must abide by town’s personnel guide, he’s in violation of this rule. I’m not conscious of how or if these guidelines are enforced. I’ve reached out to the Bureau of Human Assets however have but to listen to again.

Requested to answer our story yesterday, a spokesperson for the Mayor’s Workplace declined to remark.