Washington D.C. Police Not Happy With PhantomAlert

Around various areas of Washington D.C. there are about 290 red-light and speed cameras. This is about 10% of all traffic cameras that exist in the U.S. But now there are GPS and iPhone applications such as PhantomAlert that alerts a driver when they approach the speed traps and the police isn’t too happy about that.

“I think that’s the whole point of this program,” stated D.C. police chief Cathy Lanier in an interview with The Examiner. “It’s designed to circumvent law enforcement — law enforcement that is designed specifically to save lives.” Lanier added that using the devices was a cowardly tactic to break the law for people that will get caught in one way or another.

PhantomAlert works similarly to a radar detector which is illegal to use in D.C. and Virginia. PhantomAlert CEO Joe Scott said that 9 out of 10 police departments across the U.S. support his software. “If police come against us, it’s going to make them look like they are only [after] revenue,” stated Scott. From 2005-2008, the city of D.C. made $1 billion in revenue from camera-related citations. This fiscal year, Montgomery County alone will make $29 million from red light and speed cameras.

[via WashingtonExaminer]

This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at

Washington D.C. Police Not Happy With PhantomAlert Comments

  1. Sean says:

    The interesting thing is that law enforcement has been really sportive of the FREE mobile app, Trapster (it does real-time speed alerts for iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, and Nokia devices). It can also work on any cell phone with (SMS)Text message alerts!

    There’s a number of officials that are all in favor of any technology that encourages drivers to slow down.

    It seems as if not everyone is on board with that message, but regardless, Trapster is consumer-oriented so they’re more concerned with how users feel…and they seem to love avoiding speeding tickets. :-)

    Do yourself a favor and visit Trapster.com to get more info!

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