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Man Jammed Cell Phones of Other Drivers, Faces Huge Fine

FCC staked out interstate and was able to track jamming signal. Authorities worry popularity of such devices is growing.

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Federal authorities say a Florida man tired of people talking on their cell phones when driving took matters into his own hands: He jammed their phones.

Jason R. Humphreys faces $48,000 in fines for using a jammer in his SUV, MYFOXNY.com reported. According to the Federal Communications Commission Humphreys used the jammer for about two years during his morning drive to work.

The FCC was alerted by cell phone company Metro PCS in April 2013, theblaze.com reported. The company noticed cell tower sites experiencing interference.

Humphreys used the device on Interstate 4 between Seffner, Florida and Tampa.

A jamming device transmits a signal on the same frequency, but at a high enough power that the two signals collide, cancelling each other out, theblaze.com reported.

The FCC's enforcement division staked out I-4 and were able to pinpoint the jamming signal coming from Humphrey's vehicle, the Tampa Tribune reported.

One of the reasons such jammers are a no-no are safety concerns, the Tampa Tribune reported. People who might need to make a 911 call could be blocked, for example, or other communications used by law enforcement and emergency personnel could be impacted.

The newspaper reported that federal authorities worry the popularity of such devices could be on the rise.
knee jerk May 23, 2014 at 07:55 AM
@ GUY: Keep you eyeball out for dem smokies, 10-4.
Jane Doh May 28, 2014 at 10:32 AM
Maybe if talking on phone while driving didn't carry such huge fines, there would be less texting while driving accidents and deaths. I agree with guy on earth that if you cannot carry on a convo while driving, perhaps you shouldn't be driving. Police officers are always on their cells while driving. If its so dangerous, why are they jeopardizing our safety?
Igor May 28, 2014 at 01:46 PM
guy and jane, I don't think it's the conversation so much as it is trying to dial the numbers. guy what do you do air traffic controller? No job on earth requires you to answer the moment it rings Guess what no where in the law on cell phones does it ask if you approve, it's the law get over it. Or do you just obey the laws you agree on? Jerks both of you.
Becky May 28, 2014 at 02:38 PM
Right on, Igor!
Danny Donahue May 31, 2014 at 11:43 AM
I applaud this man - I think every car should be equipped with a jammer. I'm sick of hearing about people getting killed because some idiot can't wait 5-10 minutes to make a call!!! Now, where is the website to order my new electronic toy??? (btw- if the government was as serious about saving lives as it is about protecting the $$$ of a large company like Metro PCS then we'd all be a lot better off)

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