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Funny sign but oh so TRUE!!

Before, I used to not mind it so much. Heck, I used to be just as guilty as the people I swear at under my breath nowadays. My perception has changed only recently, since I’ve become a father. I love my daughter very much. The way I see it, anyone being careless on the road driving and talking on their cellphone is potentially putting my daughter’s safety at risk. Hence you are my enemy. Now I understand sometimes its necessary or even an emergency. I myself will jump on for a quick minute, however with the Ford Escape having Microsoft Sync, I dont have to use one hand to hold my phone. Unfortunately, not only does talking on your mobile occupy one of your steering hands, it occupies your attention. I have driven next to some people that are so animated and involved in their conversation, they are driving slower than traffic. While speeding is illegal and dangerous, driving too slow can be equally as dangerous. Others are conducting business from their mobile offices, also known as their automobiles. Composing emails, drafting letters, updating their facebook status, tweeting and texting ON TOP of the phone calls. I have followed people for miles while they conversed on their phones or typed away. They must have had something really important to say.

I have often wished I had one of those LED signs with programmable messages that I could program messages like “Hang up and Drive” or “Pay attention I’m about to hit the brakes on your ass!!” At one point in time I wanted to purchase a Cell phone signal jammer to disconnect calls of those around me while driving. However that would leave myself without a means of being reached and the legalities* behind it are something I’d rather not deal with.

For the time being, a sign like this one, available at Prank Place will have to suffice. Getting the message out about how I feel about people who insist on bullsh!tting around on their cell phones on unnecessary calls. ESPECIALLY around me when my daughter is in my car with me.

Prank Sign

*In the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and many other countries, blocking cell-phone services (as well as any other electronic transmissions) is against the law. In the United States, cell-phone jamming is covered under the Communications Act of 1934, which prohibits people from “willfully or maliciously interfering with the radio communications of any station licensed or authorized” to operate. In fact, the “manufacture, importation, sale or offer for sale, including advertising, of devices designed to block or jam wireless transmissions is prohibited” as well.

Jamming is seen as property theft, because a private company has purchased the rights to the radio spectrum, and jamming the spectrum is akin to stealing the property the company has purchased. It also represents a safety hazard because jamming blocks all calls in the area, not just the annoying ones. Jamming a signal could block the call of a babysitter frantically trying to contact a parent or a someone trying to call for an ambulance.

The Federal Communications Commission is charged with enforcing jamming laws. However, the agency has not yet prosecuted anyone for cell-phone jamming. Under the U.S. rules, fines for a first offense ca­n range as high as $11,000 for each violation or imprisonment for up to one year, and the device used may also be seized and forfeited to the government. (http://electronics.howstuffworks.com/cell-phone-jammer5.htm)

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