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dallfo

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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2014 11:09:58 AM

A Hillsborough County man faces big fines for his alleged use of a cellphone jamming device on Interstate Four.

"The moral issue is that it's just very dangerous," said Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office spokesman Larry McKinnon.

On Tuesday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued Jason R. Humphreys of Seffner a notice of apparent liability, which means he now faces a $48,000 fine for allegedly operating an illegal cell phone jamming device in his vehicle for nearly two years.

"He acquired this cellphone jammer and was literally jamming phones as he traveled down the interstate as well as jamming cell towers," said McKinnon.

According to the FCC, in 2013 their enforcement bureau received a complaint from Metro PCS about interference to their Tampa cell towers
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TruthMatters
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 4:25:09 PM

Wish it is legal so can stop all the illegal cell phone use around me!
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jeffbone
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 3:27:32 PM

Gas $3.59/gallon here today.
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doctorindyj
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 1:45:30 PM

Moron probably didn't realize he was going to cause more problems around him by cutting people off. What's the first few things you do when a call is dropped? Look at the phone, check the bars, maybe jiggle it a little to see if any parts are loose. Then you go through the motions to redial the call. All of that is an even bigger distraction. Of course they wouldn't really have minded if his jammer wasn't affecting the towers which is how they caught him. I foresee a lawsuit in his future if someone realizes that their 911 call couldn't go through because of him.
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Ply440GTX
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 2:09:31 AM

Did not know a cellphone jammer existed... What's next an EMP gun to disable fellow nearby traffic?
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windup
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 1:12:20 AM

And he would still be doing it if he hadn't been caught.
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sixthzone
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Message Posted: May 1, 2014 12:40:03 AM

And now he knows, and knowing's half the battle
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MidNJ
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2014 11:58:47 PM

A cell phone vigilante
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cutlass72
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2014 10:53:34 PM

It would be great to have one with low power to stop your kids from driving and using there phones.
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GoGoGoodyear
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2014 9:29:46 PM


I applaud this guys initiative but all the same he went about it the wrong way. He should have taken the time to learn how to do it right, and how to apply the technology so it does not interfere with legitimate and emergency communications. There is no reason to block all calls on a given cell tower to accomplish his goal. This is what he gets for buying some gadgets from Craigslist and plugging them in without understanding the technology behind it.

The fine is excessive in my opinion and he should find a lawyer and fight it.
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2014 7:24:59 PM

And how many people were distracted even more when their phone call was suddenly jammed?
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Janr85
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2014 7:13:56 PM

People who take the law into their own hands, such as this person, fail to see the unintended consequences, that in many cases are worse than the original offense. Interfering with cell towers (that also serve other areas beside the highways), and emergency workers could have been disastrous. Imagine a serious problem (accident, spill, weather) that couldn't be communicated and coordinated because the cell signal (and police radio) was jammed.
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Yooperheart
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2014 6:54:10 PM

Should'a seen that coming
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md11capt
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2014 5:12:45 PM

Crank
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Night Owl
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2014 4:55:59 PM

This guy is crazy: '... making it impossible for anyone - even emergency responders - to use their phones when he was around.'
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2014 4:09:21 PM

He deserves the fine but the amount is ridiculous.
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2014 3:46:24 PM

Idea might be good--but this is clearly not the job of citizens. Stronger distracted use laws would be helpful.
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2014 3:16:12 PM

Try to do something positive and you get fined.
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2014 3:11:36 PM

Fine him. He is not above the law.
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2014 2:26:15 PM

I'm glad he did it for the most part. Kept a few from getting into accidents at times, though not nearly enough. Hell, I've been hit by people on their phones or not watching enough themselves, and I've seen others get into accidents or nearly cause on or nearly involved in one as a result of being on the phone. He did a good thing no matter what they say.
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2014 2:07:14 PM

Seems his jammer jams the police's radios, too. Oops!
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2014 2:04:28 PM

scary, this could be very bad if used by the wrong pepole
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2014 1:37:46 PM

how did they catch him?
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2014 1:29:37 PM

It may have been fun at the beginning with his new toy, But his Consequences were his downfall.
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2014 1:26:01 PM

Why did it take so long to catch him?
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2014 1:21:44 PM

I would like to think he had good intentions.

However

The road to hell is paved with good intentions.
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2014 1:17:41 PM

I can understand his intent, but what he did was against the law. Very tough decision.

Just the other day a young 32 year old woman died in a car crash because she was posting on Facebook. If her signal was jammed, she would have given up posting at that moment and given her attention to her driving. Could that jamming have saved her life?

Facebook Kills


Look at her. A beautiful young woman not even at the prime of her life yet, dead because our culture has taught us to feed our egos with things like Facebook and Twitter.



[Edited by: jamofsocal at 4/30/2014 1:19:59 PM EST]
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hmw10284
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2014 1:12:40 PM

Suzzoom said "There are vigilantes everywhere you turn. People need to be aware of the consequences of their actions. Jamming cell phones and towers could actually cause fatalities, if a person can't call 911 in an emergency, or an emergency responder can't get or transmit vital information."

And using a cell phone or texting can actually cause fatalities too.
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hmw10284
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2014 1:05:22 PM

Thank you Jason R. Humphreys of Seffner for trying to get distracted drivers to pay attention to their driving. His only mistake was using it all the time every day. I would have used it intermittently or when ever I saw a driver texting or on the phone and turned it off whenever I saw a police or fire vehicle to make it harder to find me.

I am going to look him up and send him $5 to help pay his fine.

Just looked him up. If you want to contribute to his fine

Jason R. Humphreys
11205 Sligh Ave
Seffner, FL 33584-2942

[Edited by: hmw10284 at 4/30/2014 1:10:11 PM EST]
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humblepie
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2014 1:04:37 PM

if he was on i 85 a few days ago he would have saved a foolish womans life.......go figure
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2014 1:01:57 PM

Wow, poor decision on his part.
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2014 1:00:45 PM

Admit it, though: Don't all of us wish we could do that to the people bobbing and weaving in the lanes in front of us with a phone growing out of their ear? The issue for me here (other than breaking the law, of course) was that the device was on constantly and interfering with all communications around that guy's car. Using it for short bursts when he actually spotted a problem would have been at least sort of understandable to me - but what if someone needed to report a drunk driver? He definitely carried the concept too far.
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2014 12:53:10 PM

what's the motive?
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2014 12:49:24 PM

Pozole: right
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2014 12:37:07 PM

...could have interfered with an emergency...
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2014 12:23:23 PM

"WHY did he do that?"

There's a link to the article in case you're wondering Hilsgal.
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2014 12:20:57 PM

give the man a prize; probable biggest problem is him blocking law enforcement from using cell phones in his area; watch them go up for sale soon if not now on EBAY and Amazon ;)
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Jeff4U
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2014 12:10:51 PM

All I want is a jammer that knocks out subwoofers, especially at gas stations.
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2014 11:56:29 AM

First responders use the cellular network to coordinate throw the book at the idiot
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2014 11:28:31 AM

With few exceptions (protection of life and property), the result is always disastrous when individual citizens decide to take the law into their own hands.
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2014 11:27:21 AM

There are vigilantes everywhere you turn. People need to be aware of the consequences of their actions. Jamming cell phones and towers could actually cause fatalities, if a person can't call 911 in an emergency, or an emergency responder can't get or transmit vital information.
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Hilsgal
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2014 11:24:46 AM

WHY did he do that?
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highdesertman
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Message Posted: Apr 30, 2014 11:22:17 AM

It's one way to deal with cell phone users on the highway, but creates even worse risks for emergency responders and others. He deserves the punishment.
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