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Police chief denounces 'cowardly' iPhone users monitoring speed traps
The Washington Examiner.com ^ | July 7, 2009 | Hayley Peterson

Posted on 07/17/2009 5:29:04 PM PDT by RoadKingSE

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."

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonexaminer.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: chieflanier; dc; iphone; montgomerycounty; redlightcameras

Hey Police Chief Barbie, I got your friggin speed camera right here!

1 posted on 07/17/2009 5:29:05 PM PDT by RoadKingSE
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To: RoadKingSE

Middle finger to you BITCH!


2 posted on 07/17/2009 5:31:38 PM PDT by US Navy Vet
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To: RoadKingSE
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It's not about raising revenue, it's not about raising revenue, it's not about raising revenue...

3 posted on 07/17/2009 5:32:07 PM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: RoadKingSE
law enforcement that is designed specifically to save lives

Cathy, we know all about those "quotas" to bring in the money...

4 posted on 07/17/2009 5:32:31 PM PDT by John123 (Turn on your teleprompter Obama and read your lips... "No New Taxes!!")
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To: John123

I think she should be happy that drivers are telling others where these cameras are. Why? Because then the drivers will drive more carefully in the area of these cameras. If it’s all about safety, she should be happy that fewer accidents and reckless driving happen where the cameras are. Why isn’t she happy to gain more publicity about the cameras watching us????


5 posted on 07/17/2009 5:37:06 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: RoadKingSE

Posted a few days ago, which led me to this place to get the software and service on my Blackberry:

http://www.trapster.com/rl/Trapster.php

AND, best of all: It’s FREE...


6 posted on 07/17/2009 5:37:30 PM PDT by dcwusmc (We need to make government so small that it can be drowned in a bathtub.)
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To: John123

http://www.gpsangel.com/?page_id=1&sid=


7 posted on 07/17/2009 5:37:54 PM PDT by bikerman (Buck Farack)
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To: RoadKingSE

It’s all about the m o n e y , anything else is a lie.


8 posted on 07/17/2009 5:38:05 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: RoadKingSE

If the goal is safety and people slow down, then they are serving the claimed purpose. However,.......


9 posted on 07/17/2009 5:40:05 PM PDT by Random Access
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To: RoadKingSE
Just downloaded the application! Thanks for posting this! :))

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10 posted on 07/17/2009 5:40:22 PM PDT by 50mm (I AM JIM THOMPSON!)
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To: RoadKingSE

11 posted on 07/17/2009 5:42:20 PM PDT by Kukai
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To: Swordmaker

Ping!


12 posted on 07/17/2009 5:42:59 PM PDT by 50mm (I AM JIM THOMPSON!)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

13 posted on 07/17/2009 5:46:12 PM PDT by Kukai
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To: RoadKingSE
"...law enforcement that is designed specifically to save lives..."

Uh, can we get some objective evidence of this assertion?

14 posted on 07/17/2009 5:47:14 PM PDT by Paladin2 (Big Ears + Big Spending --> BigEarMarx, the man behind TOTUS)
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To: RoadKingSE

It is for the children.


15 posted on 07/17/2009 5:49:30 PM PDT by Radix (Obama represents CHAINS for posterity.)
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To: Kukai

I’m lo-tech. I just flash my lights at oncoming cars to warn them.

parsy, who thinks cops should spend their time catching crooks


16 posted on 07/17/2009 5:50:37 PM PDT by parsifal ("Knock and ye shall receive!" (The Bible, somewhere.))
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To: RoadKingSE

Sort of like radar detectors.


17 posted on 07/17/2009 6:33:27 PM PDT by stuartcr (Everything happens as God wants it to...otherwise, things would be different.)
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To: stuartcr

Sort of like radar detectors.
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The latest Escorts have GPS and do not warn/alert in known false alarm locations (k/ka band door openers and such).


18 posted on 07/17/2009 6:38:43 PM PDT by Neidermeyer
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To: ~Kim4VRWC's~; 1234; 50mm; 6SJ7; Abundy; Action-America; acoulterfan; Aliska; aristotleman; ...
Another article about the DC Mayor who doesn't like iPhone app that warns users of upcoming red light cameras... PING!


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19 posted on 07/17/2009 7:16:15 PM PDT by Swordmaker (remember, the proper pronunciation of IE is "AAAAIIIIIEEEEEEE!)
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To: RoadKingSE

“It’s designed to circumvent law enforcement — law enforcement that is designed specifically to save lives.”

Ummm..., actually no..., the warning about the red light cameras saves lives. It gets people to not run the red lights... LOL...

I’d call the iPhone program a good “public safety program”, actually... :-)


20 posted on 07/17/2009 7:26:40 PM PDT by Star Traveler (The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is a Zionist and Jerusalem is the apple of His eye.)
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To: Paladin2

You said — Uh, can we get some objective evidence of this assertion?

No need of objective evidence for this assertion. It’s false — “inherently” — on the face of it.

It’s only *running the red light* that results in “law enforcement action” — and thus any law enforcement action has already demonstrated that something very unsafe happened.

HOWEVER, if *no law enforcement action* takes place (with a “warning” that a camera is there), then it’s obvious that something “very safe” has happened.

Hence, the statement is *false* right on the face of it... LOL...


21 posted on 07/17/2009 7:30:40 PM PDT by Star Traveler (The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is a Zionist and Jerusalem is the apple of His eye.)
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To: Swordmaker

Another very *fine use* for the iPhone...

I’m pleased that Apple is contributing to the *safety* of the driving public, along with the inventive programmer of that piece of software... :-)


22 posted on 07/17/2009 7:32:27 PM PDT by Star Traveler (The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is a Zionist and Jerusalem is the apple of His eye.)
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To: RoadKingSE

Oh honey your just pissed you may lose out on the money from your check points and speed traps.Nothing more.


23 posted on 07/17/2009 7:47:20 PM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (I am Jim Thompson,Life is tough.It's even tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: RoadKingSE

I love cops but sometimes they forget who works for who.

And most government employees forget that one of the main things people want is to be able to go about their business without being bugged by government functionaries.

Protect us from the bad guys, keep the streets paved, and otherwise, leave us alone. We have things to do.


24 posted on 07/17/2009 8:11:45 PM PDT by marron
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To: Swordmaker
Trapster Link

Trapster

25 posted on 07/17/2009 8:15:44 PM PDT by doc11355
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To: RoadKingSE

>> Lanier said the technology is a “cowardly tactic”

That statement blows me away. Cowardly? Like “cops ‘n speeders” is a sporting event and citizens are somehow cheating??!?

So Barbie, what would be *courageous*? Running a red light in front of a camera, middle finger in the air? Maybe broadsiding a police cruiser? What?

Dumb b!tch.


26 posted on 07/17/2009 8:19:44 PM PDT by Nervous Tick (Stop dissing drunken sailors! At least they spend their OWN money.)
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To: parsifal

in some jurisdictions, that can earn you a ticket as well.


27 posted on 07/17/2009 9:28:22 PM PDT by balch3
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To: RoadKingSE
More and more it's looking like it is them against us. They're really not here to serve and protect us. They're here to keep us in line and generate revenue for themselves.

In the true spirit of our tea party forefathers, we need to resist. I've often fantasized about taking out those traffic cameras by decorating their lens screens with some spray paint or a few well placed rounds from a paint ball gun.

28 posted on 07/19/2009 12:53:43 AM PDT by Teotwawki (Obama was right about one thing, I am clinging to my Bible and my gun.)
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To: doc11355

How do you get WiFi in your car when you’re moving? If Trapster does that, I will gladly download it.


29 posted on 07/19/2009 5:50:09 AM PDT by Mad-Margaret
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To: Teotwawki
I've often fantasized about taking out those traffic cameras by decorating their lens screens with some spray paint or a few well placed rounds from a paint ball gun.

This looks like a job for Carl Spackler.

30 posted on 07/19/2009 6:12:02 AM PDT by RoadKingSE (How do you know that the light at the end of the tunnel isn't a muzzle flash ?)
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To: RoadKingSE
I've often fantasized about taking out those traffic cameras by decorating their lens screens with some spray paint or a few well placed rounds from a paint ball gun.

No, either of those would be readily detectable. You need to put a fresnel lens over the light source for the flash. To anyone standing there looking at the flash, it would appear to be functioning but the lens would diffuse the light enough that it wouldn't be sufficient to illuminate the license plate at a distance.
31 posted on 07/19/2009 6:26:49 AM PDT by aruanan
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