Sometimes one man's great idea is everyone else's idea of a huge breach of the law. Using a phone while driving is completely legal in Florida, but it still bothered Jason R. Humphreys. He responded by allegedly operating a cellphone jammer from his Toyota Highlander for about two years until Federal Communications Commission officers and sheriffs finally caught him.
Humphreys' device wasn't discovered until a cellphone carrier noticed regular interference in its towers along a 12-mile stretch of Interstate 4 around Tampa, FL. The company contacted the FCC to investigate, and it identified the vehicle with direction-finding equipment. According to Network World, when sheriffs pulled the Toyota over, their radios stopped working to contact the dispatcher, and they found the jammer under a cover in the backseat.

While it may seem relatively harmless, operating a cellphone jammer is quite illegal in the US. Humphreys is charged with allegedly operating the device and causing interference. However, the FCC only fined him for one violation each, totaling $48,000. The organization could have levied as much as $337,000 because he blocked signals for so long.


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      nano404
      • 7 Months Ago
      You know what the dumb thing is? When he put it on, cellphone users around him probably spent even more time looking down at their phones, trying to find out why their texts and calls weren't going through.
      denniskfc
      • 7 Months Ago
      he's too greedy to try and jamming other constantly. should have rigged the jammer up with an activate button send out a pulse when you see someone yakking it up on the phone
      btulliani
      • 7 Months Ago
      I could see the frustration in people taking-texting and driving.
        jonnybimmer
        • 7 Months Ago
        @btulliani
        True, but that doesn't mean every pedestrian and passenger in ever car, taxi, bus in his vicinity should be restricted from using their phone, not to mention if there's any emergency that happens to occur. He's no better than someone blocking traffic by driving the speed limit in the fast lane to force others to "obey the law".
      Kevthedad
      • 7 Months Ago
      I want one of these for the movie theater!
      fx16gts
      • 7 Months Ago
      Well being so he's a Cracker,they'll probably just dismiss the fines and blame Obama.
      Peter S.
      • 7 Months Ago
      He must be one of those people who drive the speed limit in the left lane to teach people a "lesson"
      Cool Disco Dan
      • 7 Months Ago
      I bet they spent a lot more than the fine on man power to track him down. But its nice to know the government can track down this guy while the Beghazi attackers are still in the wind.
        Mudotaku
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Cool Disco Dan
        I am just waiting for you to start talking about chemtrails and how the government is trying to kill us.
        Jim
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Cool Disco Dan
        Maybe they're too busy looking for WMDs.....
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Cool Disco Dan
        [blocked]
        delsolo1
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Cool Disco Dan
        How many years did Bin Laden walk the earth after 9/11?
          Cool Disco Dan
          • 7 Months Ago
          @delsolo1
          Too many because we didn't look hard enough.
          jtav2002
          • 7 Months Ago
          @delsolo1
          So you're going to criticize the efforts of our military while you sit here comfortably at your computer criticizing them?
        knightrider_6
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Cool Disco Dan
        We already know the person who got 20,000 American soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. How about we bring him to justice first?
      TonyMitch
      • 7 Months Ago
      Your Grandfather has a heart condition. He seems to be having chest pains. Pick up the phone to call 911? Nope, some Idiot is blocking cell phone signals. Oh well... He's only your grandfather. The guy blocking the cell phone signal? That's the hero. Wake up dummies.
        Sorten Borten
        • 7 Months Ago
        @TonyMitch
        To be realistic, hand held jammers have very limited range. So this guy was a jamming bubble moving along the highway at 65mph. The odds of it jamming your call while you're talking to 911 on the side of the road are very small.
          jtav2002
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Sorten Borten
          The ambulance that will miss the dispatch because there is someone else using a jammer and the call isn't coming through on their radio?
          TonyMitch
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Sorten Borten
          Very small? I'm not talking the side of the road. I'm talking still driving. Calling ahead to your grandfathers doctor. But this guy is in traffic with you. Tough luck I guess?
          Sorten Borten
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Sorten Borten
          @ Tony : All kidding aside, if you do have a grandfather with a heart condition, I suggest you take a first aid class before he has any real problems. The LAST thing you will want to do is drive him to a hospital, talking on your cell phone no less. Some basic first aid information in your brain may extend his life.
          Greg
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Sorten Borten
          Tony, in your hypothetical, it probably would be best to pull off the side of the road so you can focus on helping your grandfather rather than try to drive & take directions from 911 on how to give him first aid while waiting for the ambulance that has better tools to help him and the legal authority to get him to the hospital faster than you can.
        phil623
        • 7 Months Ago
        @TonyMitch
        I can see you are upset and that was not my intention, of course he is no Hero, now read Fuel to the Fires insane responses and see what you think to that moron.
          TonyMitch
          • 7 Months Ago
          @phil623
          I'm a moron for pointing out how dumb some folks here actually are? I'm not sure how that makes me a Moron but whatever dude. If that makes you sleep at night I'll be the moron.
      FuelToTheFire
      • 7 Months Ago
      I think this guy was a total douche, but the government should not have stopped him. What if he simply didn't feel COMFORTABLE with people around him talking on the phone? Personally, I think they should have simply looked the other way when people let out their road rage on him. Darwin's theory at work. Someone in an SUV is going to make sure that he wears his car. As I said, this guy was a douche, and so are YOU if you support anti-cell phone laws. NOTHING will stop me from talking on the phone when driving. It's something which I feel I need to do, so no one should stop me. If an accident happens, then I have my trusty 8000 pound Hummer H2 to protect me in such a scenario. I couldn't give a flying **** about the other guy. One less ignorant peasant commoner for me to run off the road.
        phil623
        • 7 Months Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        Fuel you are The Douche, That plastic P.O.S. H2 wont protect you from my Freightliner, go ahead cut me off. Its people like you with that dipstick high n mighty Me Me Me attitude that causes accidents, when a cell phone call is more important than your life and your passengers its time to take a cab.
      phil623
      • 7 Months Ago
      The guy is a HERO in my book, these cell phone morons cause more accidents, they are the worst drivers no matter how good they think they are, the only people worse are doctors in Hummers.
        superlightv12
        • 7 Months Ago
        @phil623
        I would think drunk or stoned drivers might be a bit worse.
        what
        • 7 Months Ago
        @phil623
        Your definition of hero is very warped.
        Greg
        • 7 Months Ago
        @phil623
        phil, I appreciate why you feel the way you do, but he is no hero.
          phil623
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Greg
          I agree totally, read my reply above it may make sense.
      Technoir
      • 7 Months Ago
      George Zimmermann got away with murder, and this guy gets a $48,000 fine when he didn't damage any property.
        RobG
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Technoir
        George Zimmerman was defending himself, dumbass. You wanna talk about somebody getting away with murder, let's talk OJ Simpson.
          creamwobbly
          • 7 Months Ago
          @RobG
          Trayvon Martin was merely standing his ground. Because he was actually closer to his home than his murderer was to his.
        TruthHertz
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Technoir
        Technoir, I pay to use the cell towers. The cell companies pay to keep those towers operational to their customers. Those cell companies may have lost revenue due to the fact that if the call didn't go through, the minutes couldn't be used. Emergency calls could have been blocked. Navigation data to smart phones. Traffic information to smart phones. Ect... George Zimmerman followed a suspicious person walking in the rain, walking between houses like he was casing the place. Mr. Trayvon (Pot Smoking and possession of stolen property at school) Martin attacked Zimmerman when he could have gone home. Do a little research. There was no murder other than the braincells that must be dead if you think for a second that the entire case was anything other than a sensationalized media piece. Willie Nobel shot a 15 year black girl in the head a couple months back when she egged his car. You didn't hear anything because he's black too. You are a complete moron.
          reattadudes
          • 7 Months Ago
          @TruthHertz
          thanks so much for your defense of Zimmerman. how long do you suppose it will be before he's in EXACTLY the same situation again? how many run ins with the law has he had since being released? seven? eight? oh, I forgot. all of those, including at least four run ins with law enforcement, plus punching and threatening two different women were merely "misunderstandings". ...and getting back to your original rant. when the cop wannabe called into the police for backup, what did the 911 dispatcher tell him to do until officers arrived? she said, "do nothing". did he follow orders?
          jtav2002
          • 7 Months Ago
          @TruthHertz
          Were you a witness to the incident? It's amazing how many people talk as if they know the actual facts of what happened. Obviously in the eyes of the law, he's innocent. There were a lot of holes in his accounts though. So i'm not sure how people act as if it was some open and shut no questions about it incident. If it was, Zimmerman would have had one story, that didn't change, that made complete sense. Two people know what happened. Two. One is Zimmerman, the other is dead. Also, people need to stop bringing up this case, and that case to try and compare. 9 times out of 10 it's an irrelevant comparison of someone who did a crime, and was convicted. This story made headlines because it was perceived as if a guy got away with murdering an unarmed high school student. Maybe he was defending himself? Maybe he was the aggressor first. You don't know. I don't know. Only Zimmerman knows. I mean you can't pick a fight, and then when someone fights back you kill them and claim self defense. I'll tell you right now, if a stranger was following me around, i'm not going to calmly lead that person back to my house. It's amazing how Zimmerman was the only person who was allowed to defend himself here. Is Martin not allowed to? Note to self, kill all black kids that smoke pot, they will kill you!!!
      Teleny411
      • 7 Months Ago
      He should be given a medal.
        TonyMitch
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Teleny411
        Yes. From preventing 911 calls from going out. Are people really this dumb in America?
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