A cab ride is usually a great place to pick up a one-sided conversation a taxi driver is having with someone on the other end of his cell phone. But no longer, at least if you're riding in Arlington County.
That's because the county is issuing a ban on all cabbies operating in the county from using any communications device except for their dispatch. The first offense carries a $100 fine, with $500 fines for each subsequent offense.
And while the rule change was first enacted in June, the guy responsible for enforcing it isn't sure that any cracking down has actually been necessary yet,
“I am not aware of any officer that has charged it yet, but I am certainly on the lookout for drivers in violation,” said Detective Matthew Owens, the hack and licensing specialist for the Arlington County Police Department.
Must be working like a charm then!