Police Request Waze to Remove Speed Trap Alert Feature

Police Request Waze to Remove Speed Trap Alert Feature

When considering a GPS device, it’s essential to evaluate various features such as the accuracy of maps, the integration of points of interest, and its capability to help you steer clear of traffic citations. This last point is particularly significant. According to the Associated Press, Waze, a GPS app that Google bought in 2013, is currently under scrutiny by U.S. law enforcement who want the app’s police tracking feature disabled.

Waze has gained popularity by enabling its users to contribute real-time data, which informs drivers about traffic delays and the locations of police speed traps.

Police Request Waze to Remove Speed Trap Alert Feature

This feature has particularly upset law enforcement in places like Bedford County, Virginia, where officials claim that Waze could potentially be used for “police stalking.”

It’s not only smaller municipalities that are voicing their concerns.

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck expressed his concerns in a letter to Google’s CEO on Dec. 30, stating that Waze could be “misused by those with criminal intent to endanger police officers and the community.”

In a statement to the Associate Press, Jim Pasco, the executive director of the Fraternal Order of Police, mentioned:

“I can think of 100 ways that it could present an officer-safety issue. There’s no control over who uses it. So, if you’re a criminal and you want to rob a bank, hypothetically, you use your Waze.”

So far, there have been no verified reports linking Waze directly to any attacks on police officers.

The discussion around Waze doesn’t just revolve around safety concerns.

Another significant aspect is the potential loss of revenue from speeding tickets, which are a substantial source of funding for many police departments. Sometimes, the funds from these tickets are used in ways that provide personal incentives for officers to issue more citations. But how significant is this revenue?

According to Statistic Brain, an average of 112,000 people are issued speeding tickets daily, costing an average of $152 each. This results in approximately 41 million tickets annually, with only 5% contested in court.


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