Police State USA is reporting about an Illinois man who was startled to receive a text message from a strange number chastising him for using his cell phone while driving.
After admittedly taking a phone call during his daily commute, the driver received an unsolicited text message from a number he had never seen before. It read: “Get off the phone when you are driving!”
The sender then provided an identity of “Illinois State Police Officer Robinson #54367.”
The driver, who wished to remain anonymous, told Police State USA about this strange new enforcement technique. After interviewing the driver and seeing the message directly on his phone, Police State USA has little doubt about the driver's story.
Some are wondering whether the incident was the result of the State Police using a “Stingray,” a mobile device which can be used to track location data of nearby cell phones. The suitcase-sized device has recently been acquired by 125 police agencies and 33 states, according to USA Today.
Another theory is that the Illinois State Police have a database of cell phone numbers that are be associated with license plate numbers.