Latest in Culture

Image credit:

Florida man fined $48k for jamming cellphones while driving

Probably one of the few people ever pulled over by the FCC.
Andrew Dalton, @dolftown
May 25, 2016
8 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share

Sponsored Links

The Florida man who stashed a high-powered phone jammer under the passenger seat of his Toyota Highlander has been fined a cool $48,000 for disrupting cellular service on his daily commute to Tampa. According to the FCC's order to pay up, driver Jason Humphreys "caused actual interference to cellular service along a significant portion of Interstate 4, and disrupted police and other emergency communications."

When he was busted in 2014, FCC agents and police had actually been tracking Humphreys for several days trying to pinpoint the source of the moving cell service deadzone. Humphreys, for his part, told authorities he was "fed up with watching cell phone usage while people were driving." Despite his best intentions, Florida doesn't actually have a ban on cell phone usage while driving, only texting. The FCC does, however, have some pretty strict regulations when it comes to messing with emergency workers and their ability to communicate.

As for the cell phone jamming devices themselves, the FCC doesn't take kindly to those either. The agency recently fined Chinese company CTS Technology Co. just shy of $35 million for marketing 285 different models of signal jammers.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
8 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share

Popular on Engadget

Engadget's 2020 Back-to-School Guide

Engadget's 2020 Back-to-School Guide

View
'Xbox Series S' console revealed by controller packaging

'Xbox Series S' console revealed by controller packaging

View
Space Force official logo and motto unveiled

Space Force official logo and motto unveiled

View
Watch AI-controlled virtual fighters take on an Air Force pilot on August 18th

Watch AI-controlled virtual fighters take on an Air Force pilot on August 18th

View
Hyundai is turning Ioniq into its own EV sub-brand

Hyundai is turning Ioniq into its own EV sub-brand

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr