Driver says Florida trooper was watching YouTube while driving

WBBH TV image via NBC News

LEE COUNTY, Fla. — Distracted driving is a scenario many drivers will tell you they come across too often. But Lee County resident James Peebles has trouble finding words for what he saw in a recent drive to work.

“It blew my mind everybody’s human though, so I do know that we all make mistakes,” said Peebles.

WBBH TV image via NBC News
WBBH TV image via NBC News

He says he saw a Florida Highway Patrol Trooper watching YouTube while driving.

“He was watching cars racing, is what he was watching,” said Peebles.

That day an FHP trooper pulled up next to Peebles. Peebles was shocked by what he saw, he pulled out his phone and now he has the picture, which appears to prove it.

WBBH TV contacted FHP for answers.

They say troopers are allowed to use laptops when driving squad cars when performing official duties, like simple inquiries and viewing the nature of incoming messages.

“It’s not official business, there’s no way you can’t convince me otherwise, he said.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re a police officer of rjust a regular person, everybody needs to pay attention. There’s too many accidents.”

WBBH reported that FHP is aware of the photo and it is under investigation.

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