Sprint Corp. to Share All Text Data with Police in Effort to Curb Distracted Driving

Sprint Corporation announced a major initiative to assist local authorities in ticketing customers for sending text messages while operating motor vehicles. The Overland Park, Kansas telecommunications company agreed to provide metadata with law enforcement agencies all over the country for the purpose of retroactively issuing distracted driving citations to any Sprint customer simultaneously texting and operating an automobile. “We presently have the technological capability to visualize through GPS whether a Sprint customer is traveling on a roadway, and we can concurrently overlay that information in real time with the volume of text messages the individual customer writes and sends,” stated Sprint CEO Michel Combes. “When we share this information with the municipal and state police departments who have subscribed to our database, they will be able to mail moving violations to all drivers who endanger the lives of everyone else on the roadway by continually sending and receiving text messages when they should be focused on keeping two hands on the wheel and commuting in a safe manner.” At press time, Verizon, AT&T, U.S. Cellular and T-Mobile announced similar but enhanced capabilities that would provide police with data sent by drivers via Snapchat, Facebook Messenger and Twitter.