D.C. police chief denounces ‘cowardly’ iPhone users for monitoring speed traps

“Area drivers looking to outwit police speed traps and traffic cameras are using an iPhone application and other global positioning system devices that pinpoint the location of the cameras,” Hayley Peterson reports for The Washington Examiner.

MacDailyNews Note: On such app currently resides at #4 in Apple’s App Store’s “Travel” section’s list of top free apps: Trapster.

Peterson continues, “That has irked D.C. police chief Cathy Lanier, who promised her officers would pick up their game to counteract the devices, which can also help drivers dodge sobriety checkpoints.”

“The new technology streams to iPhones and global positioning system devices, sounding off an alarm as drivers approach speed or red-light cameras,” Peterson reports. “Lanier said the technology is a ‘cowardly tactic’ and ‘people who overly rely on those and break the law anyway are going to get caught’ in one way or another.”

Peterson reports, “The greater D.C. area has 290 red-light and speed cameras — comprising nearly 10 percent of all traffic cameras in the U.S., according to estimates by a camera-tracking database called the POI Factory… Photo radar tickets generated nearly $1 billion in revenues for D.C. during fiscal years 2005 to 2008.”

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