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Is technology reduce drunk drivers avoid arrest? E-mail

Albuquerque police are celebrating a dramatic drop in the number of drivers being arrested at DWI checkpoints. Police officials think drivers are finally learning the lesson about the dangers of drinking and driving.

However, technology may be helping drunk drivers stay one step ahead of police.

If you have a smart-phone, like a Droid or iPhone, there's a free app that you can download called PhantomAlert. If you've had some drinks and you decide to drive, PhantomAlert will tell you if there are any DWI checkpoints on the way home.

And if that's not enough, there are plenty of Twitter pages giving similar warnings.

Some believe this use of technology is a contributor to the recent drop in DWI checkpoint arrests.

Drivers use technology to avoid speed cameras, other hazards E-mail

Business offers downloadable databases to alert motorists
by Andrew Ujifusa | Staff Writer

donnie_cole.jpgDonnie Cole thought a post office and a church were the only highlights on the stretch of Georgia Avenue near his Brookeville home. But this past spring, a new addition to the neighborhood — a speed camera — slapped him with a $40 ticket. Shortly thereafter, another speed camera nabbed him on Olney-Sandy Spring Road.

"When I got the letter in the mail from them, it was kind of a whack in the head," recalled Cole, who said he is a safe driver who doesn't otherwise get speeding tickets.

After uttering a few choice words for the cameras, Cole decided to combat one piece of technology with another. He found Phantom Alert, an online database that can be downloaded to a car's GPS navigation device and audibly alerts drivers to everything from speed and red light cameras to school zones and past locations of speed traps.

ABC News: GPS feature promises ticket trap warnings E-mail
gps_thumb.jpgTAMPA, FL -- James Markley of Tampa is among thousands of Bay Area drivers who use a GPS device to navigate local roadways. But Markley's talking GPS unit does more than just tell him which way to turn.

"Caution. Speed Trap!"

A special database downloaded into his Garvin GPS unit warns Markley of speed traps, school zones and more.

"Caution. Approaching a red light camera!"

With over 600 yards to spare, Markley is well prepared for the new automatic red light camera put up by the City of Temple Terrace. So while others get nabbed, Markley gets warned.

A lifetime subscription to the database of ticket traps by cost Markley $99. ABC Action News Anchor Brendan McLaughlin asked Markley if he wouldn't be careful to slow down and come to a complete stop even without his tricked out GPS?
Computer World/SF Gate: App for avoiding traffic tickets speeds toward smartphones E-mail

sfgate154x30.gifA smartphone application coming this fall could help drivers use GPS to detect speed traps, cameras at red lights and more than 200,000 related alerts based on a database of locations compiled with updates from drivers.

PhantomAlert, based in Harrisburg, Pa., said today it plans to plans to ship its PhantomAlert software for Android devices in early October and for iPhone, BlackBerry and Nokia devices before Thanksgiving. The company is currently taking orders at its Web site and is charging $100 for a lifetime fee for the software and GPS updates.

The company has been offering the application for use with popular GPS devices from Garmin, Tom-Tom and Magellan since May. About 100,000 users have already downloaded the application, CEO Joe Scott said in comments via e-mail.

The system works on reports from drivers and spotters who record their findings on the Web site. Scott said two people have to verify a speed trap or other location for the warning to stay in a database, and users are asked to comment about whether existing reports are accurate. 

GPS service can 'see' speed traps: Orlando Sentinel E-mail

PhantomALERT gives users alerts on everything from DUI checkpoints to red-light cameras and provides GPS information

Gary Taylor, Sentinel Staff Writer,July 30, 2009

When Frederick Roberts recently rolled into Robinson, Ill., to visit his daughter and grandkids, he wasn't at all surprised when his GPS unit beeped twice to warn him of a possible speed trap in the small town.

Days earlier, from his apartment more than 900 miles away in Ocoee, Roberts had added the speed trap to a traffic database after hearing about it from his daughter.

Forget the oncoming motorist flashing his headlights to warn that a cop is around the corner. Never mind warnings over a citizens-band radio.

This is 21st-century technology that makes even a radar detector obsolete.

Police chief denounces 'cowardly' iPhone users monitoring speed traps E-mail




By: Hayley Peterson, Examiner Staff, July 7, 2009

washtimes_joe_with_tomtom2.jpgArea drivers looking to outwit police speed traps and traffic cameras are using an iPhone application and other global positioning system devices that pinpoint the location of the cameras.

Drivers use GPS to avoid speed traps, high fines E-mail



For Washington-area motorists who live in fear of the flash from a speed camera and the costly ticket that will surely follow, there is hope.

Joe Scott has an answer to their nervous prayers.

The 39-year-old D.C. resident has invented a GPS application that alerts motorists to speed traps and red-light cameras. He is marketing his PhantomAlert software as a way to help motorists avoid becoming entangled in the rapidly expanding web of traffic-enforcement cameras.

"Michigan Avenue at Trinity, or the I-395 tunnel — that camera is vicious," Mr. Scott said.

Man Hopes to Cash In On Speed Camera Law E-mail


By Dan Morse, Staff Writer

 Steven Forage, a software salesman who spends at least five hours a day in his car, juggles a lot on the road: finalizing deals over the phone, sipping coffee, checking e-mail. One thing he no longer worries about, though, is speed cameras.

"Fuzz alert," an electronic voice called out from the console of his Cadillac recently as it approached a speed enforcement camera in Montgomery County.

At 300 feet, another warning: "Ding, ding. Ding, ding. Fuzz alert."

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