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Dep. Jeremiah Johnson has two radios he monitors, one on his dashboard and one on his shoulder. Hubbard County Sheriff Frank Homer leaves it up to each road officer as to how many channels on the emergency frequencies they wish to monitor.

Radio technology: High tech help or distraction?

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Discussion of Hubbard County's upcoming radio needs evolved into some concerns that road deputies are being so overwhelmed by the technology at their disposal it could become a driving hazard.

Dashboard computers, GPS technology, cell phones and the addition of numerous new radio channels to the spectrum has the potential to become a major distraction, maintain some Hubbard County commissioners, two of which are former law enforcement agents.

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Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers Hubbard County, courts and breaking news.

(218) 732-3364
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