Use Your GPS Device to Avoid Speed Traps

We recently reported on a teenager who is using GPS technology to try to get out of a speeding ticket. Website, Njection wants you to avoid getting speeding tickets in the first place by using your GPS navigation device.

Njection features a tool it calls a "Speedtrap Mashup." The tool uses map data from Microsoft Virtual Earth and overlays onto that data with known speed traps and red light cameras. How are the trap and camera locations known? Because Njection users enter the information into the site, which then gets added into the site's growing database. Visitors to the site can search for speed traps and red light cameras in the U.S., Canada, and parts of Europe, and see where the traps and cameras are on the map. The site claims that it currently has data on over 50,000 speed traps.

Online maps are great, but wouldn't it be much more efficient if you could have the information with you while you are driving, and be warned automatically when you approach a trap? If you possess one of the site's supported GPS devices (from Garmin, Magellan, Navman, and Tom Tom), then such a scenario is possible. The data is collected into point-of-interest (POI) files, which can be downloaded from the site and installed onto a GPS device. The site even includes directions for how to transfer the POI files to a GPS device and how to set up proximity alerts to warn you when you are approaching a trap or camera. In order to access the download files you must purchase a subscription, which ranges in price from $24.99 to $39.99.

"Red light cameras and speed traps are good ideas in theory, but not quite when put into practice. They have become a convenient and socially accepted way to fine drivers and increase local revenue while not actually enhancing road safety, as studies have shown. Article after article nationwide cites how red light cameras are used to increase the amount of money certain cities receive from fines, how well over half of certain towns' operating budgets come from speeding tickets, and yet how particular kinds of accidents, such as rear-end crashes, actually increase regardless of speed traps."

Reuters reports that the site is the side project of 33-year old, full-time systems engineer, Shannon Atkinson. Atkinson claims that he's actually received "lots if positive feed back [sic] from police officers" who are happy if putting this data into people's hands helps get them to slow down. Atkinson, added, however, that some municipalities might not like the idea if this also means potentially decreasing revenue from fines paid for speeding and red-light violations.
Via:  Reuters
Tags:  GPS, Speed, Ice, Speed Trap, AV, dev, device, AP, id
Dave_HH 6 years ago
tap,tap, tap... I hear an eco in here!

Loved this: "Atkinson, added, however, that some municipalities might not like the idea if this also means potentially decreasing revenue from fines"... Umm you can be your Smokey and The Bear backside they don't like the idea. :)
shanewu 6 years ago
If less people are ticketed, they'll just raise the price of violations! Doh!
adamplays 6 years ago

about time someone has done this.

this is pretty awesome


ice91785 6 years ago

Higher fines as a result --- MORE speedtraps being setup to compensate; its a cool idea yes and potentially saves some $$ for individuals that use it.

I can see how this would turn into a radar detector in that police will just have "little tricks" to get around it -- like dynamic speedtraps and such

Savage Animal 6 years ago

It is a great idea, especially since I'm a lead foot, but I can't see spending 25 bucks on it. It's hit or miss that you'll actually run into one of thier speed traps as it is, then you end up slowing down for nothing. If you drive the same routes every day or even fairly often you know where the speed traps are already and know when to slow down. Besides, just like with radar you cant escape an unmarked following you and pacing your vehicle.

nECrO1967 6 years ago

I know in the Washington DC area some of the speed cameras are periodically moved. A great idea though. While I understand that Police want to keep speed down and make sure people don't run red lights, this has become all about money and the towns and cities could care less about safety.

On a side note. I read somewhere that a kid in Australia used UV reactive paint, like the stuff used in PC modding that is invisible until you put it under a blacklight, on his plates. The article stated that when the camera flashed, it caused the paint to react in some way and cause the plate to be a bright blur. Anyone else seen anything like this? I can't remember where I read it.

PC modders and geeks FTW!!!!!!

Savage Animal 6 years ago

I don't know anything about that but now a days there are camera's that can capture a license plate at up to and even over 30 mph in any light condition. Reflective paint wouldn't help. They cost a fortune, but I had priced them out for a potential client who was interested in stopping some folks from using his dumpsters. When I told him the price for the camera alone he laughed, what he was paying in overages for his dumpster would take years to recupe from the camera. On a side note it is amaizing what people think is possible from video survailence and what is reality. I recently had a client tell me "I want like I see on T.V., when I click on the camera I want the face to pop up"; this was on a low end camera 35 feet from where he wanted facial recognition. An impossibility. I tried to explain that C.S.I. and Las Vegas were fiction, and that technology doesn't exist but he didn't want to here it. I'm just glad he was a client through the company I work for and not a personal client, though I would never have sold him those camera's based on his expectations personally.

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