Friday, July 17, 2009

Police chief denounces 'cowardly' iPhone users monitoring speed traps | Washington Examiner

Police chief denounces 'cowardly' iPhone users monitoring speed traps | Washington Examiner

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Who knew?! There's an iphone app to monitor speed traps!
~ John

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Anonymous said...

LOL is sounds funny but what are speed traps?

John said...

@prinsesamusang, radar/electronically monitored places where a police car or mounted camera would be set up specifically to catch speeders.

Now the police will have to develop technology to block these kinds of iphone apps.

Hope this makes sense!

Allen said...

You know that doesn't surprise me at all. Someone told me once, when you dealing with technology, there are ways around it. I guess someone figured out how to do it with an Iphone.

John said...

@Allen, that's for sure! As if I need another reason to get an iphone! Would you believe AT&T doesn't have 3G in my county, so that's one reason why I don't have one...that and the expensive monthly service!

Mary Ellen said...

I love it!

In the article, the police chief said...

"I think that's the whole point of this program," she told The Examiner. "It's designed to circumvent law enforcement -- law enforcement that is designed specifically to save lives."


All that radar and "red light camera's" have nothing to do with safety and everything to do with getting revenue for the city or municipality. There was just an article in the Chicago Trib last week that spoke to this issue.

Cops don't care about safety because if they did, they'd actually be patrolling the streets instead of sitting in a car taking radar. If you look at the increased crime with gangs and shooting in Chicago, you will see where those cops should be sitting, instead of hidden on the side of the road waiting for someone to go 8 mph over the speed limit or changing lanes without using their turn signal (when there are no other cars in sight).

TC said...

John, Nice one buddy..guess it's time to get one.

John said...

@Mary_Ellen, DING DING DING DING! You win the award for best comment of the day! What you said is SO true.

Cities like Tampa have cameras at the traffic lights to take a photo of every car that runs a red light. Why? To issue an automated citation, of course and boost the city or county revenue.

The same thing happens in little towns, like Chapin (IL) which are spread out all over the state with a cop siting in a car that is partly or totally hidden until you come up on it. These kinds of "speed traps" are usually at a place where a sudden decrease in speed limit occurs. Its strictly a source of revenue to ticket unsuspecting drivers. Oh sure, they will always say it's for safety's sake and that may be PARTLY true, but when they just sit there hiding and waiting to give you a ticket, it sure seems like a speed trap to rake in some money.

Excellent comment! Thanks!

@TC, I won't get one until AT&T gets 3G network in my county and they won't say when that will be and nobody at AT&T seems to know or care. Yet, you can travel ten miles to the next county and pick up 3G. AT&T has really disappointed me. For now, I will just dream about the day I get one! They better get their act together though or I may have to switch carriers!

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