Skip to comments.Police chief denounces 'cowardly' iPhone users monitoring speed traps
Posted on 07/16/2009 5:04:30 AM PDT by KRyanJames
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.
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.
"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."
The new technology streams to iPhones and global positioning system devices, sounding off an alarm as drivers approach speed or red-light cameras.
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.
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonexaminer.com ...
I’d like to know why it’s okay for troopers to consistently break the speed limit when they’re off duty.
>>”It’s designed to circumvent law enforcement — law enforcement that is designed specifically to save lives.” <<
That is bunk. These types of motorist traps are designed to generate revenue.
While I strongly disapprove of both drunk driving and reckless driving, and I don't drive after even one drink, the focus of the sobriety checkpoints and the speed traps is on revenue and not safety. If a driver is sober enough to use an iphone to get around them or cautious and alert enough to adjust speed based on those alerts, I'm okay with that.
He should at least call it what it really is...
It’s counter intuitive. When/where the intention of speed traps is to promote traffic safety - wouldn’t knowing where a speed trap is.... make one slow down?
Stating the obvious, the point of many speed traps is for municipalties to generate revenue. Too bad they don’t have the guts to say just that.
“law enforcement that is designed specifically to save lives.”
Law enforcement is not designed to save lifes. They have stated that. They are there to arrest you, fine you and fill out forms, nothing else.
Whatever, lady. Half your little "law enforcement" tricks are strong arm, big brother tactics. And I still think speed traps are unconstitutional.
Suddenly the old leftists are on the receiving end of “fight the power”, and they dont like it. Keep sticking it to them.
I’ve always noticed that.
Ms. Lanier would be much more comfortable with a nice, soft leather pair of jackboots (with heels of course), maybe some epaulettes,and to top it off a nice Iron Cross. The capital of the land of freedom has the bodyguard of Joseph Mengele as its head law enforcement officer.
No, the system designed specifically to RAISE REVENUE, is what is “cowardly”.
This is cowardly but a cop hiding in the bushes with a radar gun is good solid police work
And hiding behind a bridge abutment or line of shrubs with a radar gun isn't?
WHATEVER it is, right or wrong, it is NOT Cowardly! She is just a bitch trying to negatively label the users - the issue is unrelated to bravery in any sense.
I damn thee for thy 45-second advantage!
National Motorists Assoc. have identified some of the worst cities for speed traps, and they are on this website:
Now it’s “cowardly” to seek freedom from excessive government interference.
Everyone should time the yellow lights in their city/town.Lately,I’ve seen some reduced to 2 seconds which is illegal.3 seconds is legal.
Did I stumble into a time warp??
This is kind of old news, isn’t it?
I think that's awesome.
why its okay for troopers to consistently break the speed limit
Just doing their job getting to the scene and protecting some innocent donut shop from excessive supply.
where there is a will there is a way
The MommyState loves you and wants to do things to you for your own good. When you speak hateful things like that, you make Mother Pelosi and the police chief woman cry.
One of our small towns in our shore summer resort area regularly parks empty patrol cars on a couple of the 25 MPH through streets. Since you never know if the car is occupied, it slows folks down without creating paranoia. So we can surmise that their goal IS public safety.
Sorry SlowBoat...your name says it all!
I bet the Chinese government thinks the same thing.
LOL!! Reading about this makes me almost want to go buy an iphone.
What a jackass. These pukes admit so many times that it’s not about safety, but revenue.
“These types of motorist traps are designed to generate revenue.”
Yep, and they are working overtime. I commute between IN and NC every two weeks. The last couple of months I have seen huge increases in the number of cops with radar along the interstate highways.
I used to almost never see them, now they are everywhere. Every little town along the way has their cops out there.
They apparently desperately need the revenue.
Sad to say I have contributed twice. ;(
Their special what? What about their specials?
These cameras do NOTHING but generate revenue. If the DC police chief says different she is a bold face liar.
Crapola. It's not "law enforcement" It's revenue generation. I recently was ticketed for rolling (at driveway speed after braking) thru a stop sign at 5:15 in the morning. Cop was sitting 50 yards down a darkened side street watching the stop sign, residential intersection - not even a primary side street. I was probably the only car in motion for a mile in all directions. Did I come to a full stop at the stop sign? No. But this is still harassment and revenue generation. Pure and simple.
Imagine the poor guy that has to have sex with that.
If you find yourself in a fair fight, then your tactics suck.
Here in Jersey I have no idea if it is legal to avoid them, but they usually try to set them up where escape routes are lacking, like divided highways with no turnarouds in visual range of the checkpoint. When approaching them (not having had a drink, naturally) I'm often tempted to try to turn off just to see what would happen. Have not done it yet.
But really, if that ain't probable cause, what is? It WOULD be probable cause to stalk you for a few miles, maybe?
I’ve been thinking about getting an iphone 3G S. this may have sold me!
Thanks for the post.
“Imagine the poor guy that has to have sex with that.”
What makes you thin it’s a GUY...
I’m not into tech toys, especially cell phones, because I need to wear my reading glasses to see them, but the iPhone is some cool stuff. Several of my interns have them, and I’m kind of jealous.
Not entirely accurate. They do increase rear end collisions when some people react to the shortened amber lights and the person behind them don't. Most locales shorten the amber lights when revenues are not up to their expectations.
There are very bad accidents at lights. They are the dreaded T-bones which are usually caused by distracted or impaired drivers blowing through red lights they did not see, not someone sneaking through a stale amber light or someone lawfully completing a left turn when traffic clears after the light has changed. I don't see how the red light cameras can fix stupid.
Uh, the shooter is dead, guys. you can come out from behind the tree.
"Gilbert's bill to permit guns on VA campuses never made it past the subcommittee level, mainly because it was opposed by the state's universities and by the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police.
Yep. I just notice the date too, and remember this same article some time ago.
7 Jul 2009 | Haley Peterson
I wish AT&T would use their cell phone hopping data to detect traffic jams and help their iPhone subscribers find the fastest route to their destination. A cell phone company can determine average traffic speeds by the check-in activity of cell phones traveling between cells. Most everyone is already carrying a traffic reporter on them. It’s just the data goes unused. I’ve been using Google maps for traffic data but the quality is unreliable and imprecise.
Control Freak. She wants to be head mommy.