Did you hear about a man in Florida who was using a cell phone jammer during his morning and afternoon commutes to stop people from using their cell phones while driving? He did this for 2 years every single day. Last month, he finally got caught when a wireless carrier called the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) to report the consistent disturbance.
The man was sick of seeing drivers around him texting or talking on the phone during their morning and afternoon commutes. However, he is now facing a hefty fine from the FCC.
Yes, it is illegal to use a wireless jammer, but he had good intentions and was trying to stop distracted driving. Developing innovative ways to stop distracted driving is nothing new. In fact, in Ontario, law enforcement devised a creative way of catching drivers who text while driving.
In March of this year, a Toronto police officer, dressed in a coat and hooded sweatshirt, held up a cardboard sign that read, “I’ve got high hopes” on one side, and identified him as a police officer about to give a ticket to a driver for texting on his/her cell phone on the other side.
The crackdown on distracted driving only lasted 5 days after a Toronto Sun columnist described the officer as the “hobocop.” The Toronto Sun’s online poll regarding this matter showed that the public had a split opinion on the Toronto Police’s innovative way of stopping drivers from texting on their cell phones while driving in Ontario. Roughly 49% of the 3,168 voters thought that it was sneaky, and 51% agreed with the creative campaign.
Const. Clinton Stibbe of the Traffic Services Unit stated that the officer did not hold himself out as a panhandler. In fact, it’s not the first time an alternative method was used to catch someone committing an offense. He further stated that Ottawa police officers did something similar to check drivers for using cell phones while driving by dressing up in plain clothes.
Though this recent campaign stopped, Const. Stibbe said the Toronto Police have other “innovative methods” to stop drivers from texting on their cell phones while driving, but he wouldn’t specify what they were.
Dangers of Texting or Talking While Driving in Kingston, Ottawa and Whitby
There is no question that talking or texting while driving is dangerous. It leads to numerous serious and fatal car accidents. Despite Ontario’s ban on texting while driving, drivers continue to text and drive. If innocent victims are injured in texting while driving accidents, texting drivers will be held accountable for the victims’ injuries and damages.
If you were injured in a car, truck or pedestrian accident caused by a driver who was texting, you have legal rights. The car accident injury lawyers at Bergeron Clifford will help you recover the financial compensation you are entitled to. Call 1-866-384-5886 to schedule a FREE case review.