03/21/2011

New iPhone apps help drivers evade police

The iPhone and Andriod applications spot checkpoints and speed traps

By Larry Copeland
USA TODAY

WASHINGTON DC — Drivers looking to avoid pricey citations for traffic offenses such as red-light camera violations and speed-trap busts are turning to technology to level the playing field.

As red-light cameras proliferate across the USA and cash-starved police agencies pump up coffers with traffic-ticket revenue, many drivers are using devices and applications that give them a heads-up when it's time to stop or slow down. Among them: Cobra's iRadar, which can connect with an iPhone; Trapster, an application that relies on information reported by other users; and Fuzz Alert, which works with iPhones and iPads.

One of the most popular is PhantomAlert, an online database that drivers can download to GPS devices or smartphones. It uses audible alerts to warn drivers about everything from speed and red-light cameras to speed traps, school zones and DUI checkpoints.

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