The image has been shared almost 36,000 times. Picture: Facebook
The image has been shared almost 36,000 times. Picture: Facebook

‘What a joke’: Police officer slammed

A PICTURE of a police officer on her mobile phone while she is behind the wheel has infuriated tens of thousands of Australians.

The image which was taken around 9.30am on Wyong Road in NSW's Central Coast yesterday has now been shared almost 36,000 times on Facebook.

"Just seen this on Wyong Road," the uploader wrote. "What a joke."

Thousands of angry commenters piled in - attacking the officer and demanding that she should be fined or lose her job.

"Everyone else has to abide by the law besides police," wrote one commenter. "I hardly think that's fair or just to be honest.

"Just because you're a police officer it doesn't mean you're a better driver than the rest of us. You being on the phone is putting everyone in harm's way and you should be fined. Same as speeding, unless it's for catching someone, or going through a red light with your sirens on just because you don't want to wait for the light to go green."

Copper on the phone Wyong road
Copper on the phone Wyong road

"Police are human beings just like us," wrote another commenter. "If a child ran out in front or a car hit the brakes there is no way she would have control of the car and therefore cause a massive accident."

NSW Police said it couldn't speak specifically about the incident yesterday morning. However, a spokeswoman told news.com.au that police officers in the state are exempt from the laws which punish ordinary drivers for using a mobile while driving.

Basically, police officers sometimes need to use their mobile on the road to do their job efficiently.

"In NSW, drivers of police vehicles are exempt under Rule 305 of the Road Rules 2008," the NSW Police spokeswoman said in a statement. "Police officers may need to receive information about a job over their mobile phones for operational reasons, just as they might need to increase their speed to get to jobs without activating warning devices.

"They are also rigorously checked against our Safe Driver Policy."

Some of the commenters of social media pointed out this exemption out and sympathised with the police officer in the picture.

"If you were in trouble and needed the police, you would want them to be answering their phone wouldn't you?" wrote one commenter.

"It's part of their job. You know, saving your life etc," wrote another. "Criminals listen in to their radio transmissions."


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