Police departments throughout the nation are finding that the technology available in mobile phones can be useful in the fight against speeding tickets and other types of drivers' fines. These departments are using new technology to track and monitor drivers using their mobile phone. This is known as stingRay technology and is already being used in some police departments.
A stingray is a wireless device that can be used by police officers to track a suspect by utilizing their mobile phone's data plan. The device will pick up signals from the mobile phones when they are in close proximity. The data from the cell phone will then be downloaded by the officer's computer system. The information from the computer will allow the officer to view all incoming and outgoing call logs, GPS location, as well as text messages. All this data can be downloaded within seconds allowing the officer to find out exactly where the driver is located at any given time.
By tracking and monitoring a driver using their mobile phone, police departments can reduce their overtime costs by having an exacting and detailed tool that they can use to find a driver. This new piece of equipment can also save them hours of paperwork as well as cut down on the stress involved in tracking down a person that has been run over by a car. With a stingray they can determine the location of the mobile phone with only a few seconds of the phone's data. This is unlike radar gun systems which need more time to pinpoint the exact location of a vehicle.
Some drivers are concerned that if they use their mobile phone while driving that it might be illegal. Although there are currently no laws currently in place preventing drivers from talking on their mobile phones while behind the wheel there may be future changes to the law. It is important for drivers to become aware of the laws where they live. Although some places have no cell phone use regulations, other places have strong regulations that prevent using mobile phone services while driving.
Using this type of technology does not necessarily mean that a driver is breaking any laws. Most countries allow you to use your mobile phone while driving provided that it is your choice and you have purchased a car that supports the device. In the United Kingdom it is legal to use a hands-free mobile phone. This means that if you do choose to use this type of phone you can talk as long as you wish without having to hold the phone to your ear. If you want to listen to music or talk on your mobile phone you can do so.
Another advantage to using a hands free device is that you will not have to worry about using your hands to control the phone. Drivers may use their left or right hand to make calls or take other actions on their phone. If the phone is being held to their ear, they will need to learn how to use the device with their other hand. Although many officers do not like this practice because it allows them to become distracted and more negligent on the road.
A driver can also rest easy knowing that they are not violating any laws by using their mobile phone while driving. Although this may be the case, some officers may consider using a mobile phone to check for traffic violations. The courts do not always consider the act of using a cell phone a criminal act. Most of the time a mobile phone is not considered as a weapon or a dangerous instrument that can cause injury or death.
There are of course several different departments throughout the UK that make it their policy to use this technology. Although not all departments will openly advertise this policy, there will be signs that you can see around the UK. Some of the police departments will even install communication devices themselves on the vehicles. Some of these communication devices are only meant to be used during specific hours. Mobile phone use by the police is allowed as long as it is done within the guidelines. However, if an officer is caught using a phone they can be arrested and charged with a crime.