A Florida man was recently arrested after authorities discovered he was using a cell phone jammer on his morning and evening commutes to prevent other motorists from using their phones while driving. He faces up to $48,000 in fines and a f***ing ton of angry text messages.
Metro PCS alerted the Feds of an issue in April of 2013. The company noticed that its cell phone tower sites had been experiencing interference during the morning and evening commutes.
Agents from the FCC used direction finding techniques to find that strong wideband emissions were coming out of a blue Toyota Highlander SUV driven by Humphreys.
The FCC says that Hunphreys admitted to using the jammer to keep people from talking on their phones while driving.
Federal law prohibits the operation of jamming devices in the United States.
The FCC says that jamming devices cannot be authorized because they can compromise the integrity of the nation's communications infrastructure, including 911 and police calls during an emergency.
Admittedly, you shouldn't be on your phone in the car unless you're never text messaging and only making calls hands-free, which is what about one half of 1% of people actually do. Maybe this guy just didn't want to die at the hands of some texter. Plus he seems like kind of an @$$hole. Besides, who's fault is it really that cell phone jammers can compromise the integrity of 911 and police calls? Maybe you shouldn't have invented cell phone jammers without also inventing cellphone jammer-JAMMERS. Food for thought, government. Now stop screwing me over with taxes.
Thanks to Thaylor H, who prevents fellow motorists from using their phones the old fashioned way: unpredictable swerving.