Tuesday, September 1, 2009

There's An App For That, Too

Some friends of ours have iPhones and have been raving about one app in particular: Trapster. Trapster allows you to report speed traps and get texts when speed traps are set up on your route.

So, when we were coming back from the City Museum Saturday night, we got stopped at a sobriety checkpoint, a minor inconvenience that added a whopping four minutes or so to our evening drive. As we were leaving, someone in the backseat cheerfully shared that she had never reported a sobriety checkpoint before, and began entering the location into her phone.

I honestly didn't think too much of it at the time, but in retrospect, I have a real problem with that. Reporting speed traps is one thing--it's on roughly the same moral plain as radar detectors: not particularly hazardous if not particularly ethical. Most people can speed relatively safely and without endangering others on the road, but the main reason someone would avoid a sobriety checkpoint is because they shouldn't be on the road in the first place.

I foresee some sort of legal action against Trapster, if it continues to catch on. Reporting speed traps is one thing, but it's quite another to make the road a more dangerous place by reporting the location of one of these checkpoints.


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