You’re one step closer to getting away with murder, and that means you’ll be arrested and facing the death penalty if you’re caught doing so in the U.S. If you’re one of the millions of people who’ve been caught using a cellphone in public over the past decade, you’re in for a rude awakening.
As part of a settlement agreement between the FBI and the American Civil Liberties Union, the government is requiring cell phone users to turn off their phones in public for at least 72 hours.
The law enforcement agreement is only effective for the first time in 2020, which means that, if you’ve already used your phone for something that is potentially dangerous, like texting or calling someone, the law will automatically kick in.
“You’ve got to make it clear to the public that you’re not committing a crime,” ACLU attorney Sarah Warbelow told the Huffington Post.
“You’re not going to be charged for it.”
As you can see in the below map, the FBI has set up a website where you can search for and read about how to comply with the new law.
For example, the website contains a guide on how to call your friend and tell him or her that you need help, as well as how to contact a law enforcement officer if you think your cell phone is being used inappropriately.
Warbelow noted that while cell phone use in public has been legal in the United States since the 1970s, the new rules aren’t necessarily the same as those enacted in other countries.
In some countries, for example, it is illegal to hold your phone in your pocket while on the move.
In Canada, for instance, it’s illegal to use a cell at work, and in the Netherlands, it isn’t.
So far, though, there is no national consensus on how the laws should be implemented. In the U