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Don’t Text and Drive – Also, Don’t Try to Jam Other Cell Phone Users June 4, 2014

Posted by grothlawjared in FAQ Personal Injury.

You may know that it is illegal to text and drive in the State of Wisconsin – if you didn’t, now you do.  Texting and driving is a primary offense for which a police officer can stop you – meaning that it alone can cause you to be pulled over.  The police officer does not have to witness any other criminal behavior to pull you over.  Texting and driving is illegal in forty-three States, D.C., Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Worse yet, texting and driving can cause you to get into an accident or suffer an injury in an accident.  It suffices to say that you should not text and drive because it could hurt your driving record, and it could cause you to get into an accident.  If you have been the victim of someone who was texting and driving, then this could help establish a case for negligence against the at-fault driver.

Here is what you should not do.  Recently, a Florida man took it upon himself to stop those who are texting and driving by installing a cell phone jammer in his vehicle and jamming texts and calls of nearby drivers.  While this man’s aim to stop texting and driving could be laudable, this is also not the appropriate behavior.  Telecommunications are regulated by the Federal Communications Commissions (FCC), and the FCC determined a violation of applicable Federal Law.  Consequently, this cell-phone-jamming vigilante is being fined $48,000.  The rogue cell phone jammer could have jammed signals pertaining to a 911 call or other emergency.

The take home is that you should not text and drive, and you should not try to jam others texting and driving.  If you have been the victim of someone texting and driving, you could have a valid claim and should contact an attorney to determine what actions should be taken.


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