Text Message From The Police: SLW DWN
from the beats-getting-pulled-over dept
Finland is certainly known for its widespread adoption of mobile phones, so it probably isn't a surprise that police there are looking at ways to use SMS text messaging to communicate with motorists. Apparently, they're trying to send messages to drivers for minor things like a broken taillight, rather than having to pull them over and hand them a written warning. The article is a bit confusing, because it says that that Finnish rules say any reprimand must be given on the spot, so it's not clear how the text messaging cops are getting away with it (unless they're pulling people over and then text messaging them -- which seems sort of pointless). The other thing the article notes is that police need to make sure that they're text messaging the right person -- and that it clearly identifies the message as being an official police communication. Of course, what they leave out (and it would seem like an important detail) is how they go about both of those things. How do the police even know who to text message? And, even assuming that they can somehow (how?) link up license plates to phone numbers, how can they be sure that the right person is driving the vehicle? Also, how long will it be before there's a story of a driver who gets into an accident while reading a text message from the cops? The whole story seems to raise a lot more questions than it answers. Maybe I'll text message the Finnish police for more details.