Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Police are blackmailing motorists into installing cellphone monitoring devices

Since 2016, New York motorists are being forced asked to let the police spy on their cellphones for a minimum of 90 days.

In Nassau County, motorists are asked, wink, wink to pay hundreds of dollars to enter the 'Distracted Driver Education Program' (DDEP). The Feds, claim to offer motorists a choice, either dispute the texting while driving ticket in court, accept a 5 point moving violation or enter the DDEP.

Before a motorist can enter the DDEP they have to pay a distracted driving citation which can be anywhere from $50 and $400 and have to pay an installation fee of $125.00 for the in-car device.

According to an article in the Massapequa Patch, Nassua County police wrote 8,000 distracted driving tickets in 2015. To translate that into dollars, that's $4.2 million in revenue law enforcement collects from motorists every year.

Cities and towns across the country are looking for new ways to balance budgets and using traffic citations to balance budgets is nothing new. So it's reasonable to assume the DDEP will eventually go national. (A Google search for 'Distracted Driver Education Programs' returned over 2.2. million hits.)

No comments:

Post a Comment