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Software Warns Drivers About Speed Traps, Traffic Cams Print E-mail

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- It's the sixth sense many people wish they had: knowing when cops and red light traffic cameras are right around the corner.

Phantom Alert is software that claims to help avoid tickets by alerting the user when there are red light cameras, speed traps or dangerous curves ahead. The software can be downloaded to any GPS device or smartphone.

Ronald MacRall spent $80 on a lifetime membership to Phantom Alert and said the money for the membership is well worth the savings in tickets.

"At best, it lets me know where the red light cameras are," said MacRall. "I'm not saying I don't travel fast, but it makes you aware. This one place, it saved me like $100-$150."

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Website helps drivers avoid tickets Print E-mail

wavy_dot_com_logo.jpgNORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - If you own a GPS or a smartphone, the latest technology to help you avoid getting expensive traffic tickets is literally a download away.

GPS tracking is designed to make driving more safe, but it also has the power to alert you to areas that could cost you if you break a traffic law. There are a few similar systems, but the one WAVY.com tested is called Phantom Alert.com.

Retired firefighter and Newport News resident Dennis Ricketts offered to take the system through its paces. Like thousands of other drivers, Ricketts doesn't drive anywhere without his GPS. But Dennis said that's not because he is afraid of getting lost.

Dennis' GPS is armed with something others are not. The GPS tracking system, called Phantom Alert, that he downloaded more than a year ago, started working immediately.

"Alert, red light camera ahead," the GPS said.

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"Phantom Alert" Helps Drivers Avoid Tickets Print E-mail

wftv_logo_9.jpgCENTRAL FLORIDA -- Red light cameras, speed traps, DUI checkpoints, some local drivers said they'll never get a ticket for any of them again. They say, it's because of special tracking on their GPS.

Leslie Mangali has never been pulled over.

"I intend to keep it that way," he said.

Mangali found a legal way to avoid tickets. He can spot traffic cameras before they spot him. He also knows where police tend to hide all through Central Florida.

"It's alerting me to a speed trap. A cop car is ahead," he said.

Leslie's GPS unit gives much more than directions. He downloaded a program called “Phantom Alert.”

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Avoiding speed traps and red light cameras Print E-mail

Avoiding speed traps and red light cameras RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Programs that help you avoid speed traps and red light cameras are becoming more and more popular.

It starts with websites like  phantomalert.com. Ultimately they're designed to keep you from getting traffic tickets, and some people swear by them.

298532_g.jpgBut driver beware: Big brother is still watching.

Like millions of other Americans, Jim Mathis doesn't start his car without his GPS mounted and ready to go. And for the past year or so, it's done more than just give turn by turn directions.

"I go up to Boston. I go as far west as Detroit and south down to Florida,"

Mathis said. "So, in unfamiliar areas it's nice to know where dangerous curves, railroad tracks, school crossing or speed traps are located."

Jim went to phantomalert.com. For a fee, the website allows you to download a list of 400,000 locations of speed traps, red light cameras and speed cameras -- even railroads and school zones.

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App promises to help you avoid tickets. Print E-mail

LYNNWOOD, Wash. -- It's a driver's dream - a way to use your cell phone or GPS to avoid a ticket. New technology is turning the table on red light cameras, speed traps and even DUI checkpoints.

Nearly two million times a year, someone crashes in the middle of an intersection.

"We were having too many fatalities and injuries of people in the crosswalk," said Shannon Sessions, a spokeswoman with Lynnwood Police. 

Lynnwood was the first city in Snohomish County to install red light cameras. Police here responded to 1,400 collisions in or near intersections last year. Officers insist the cameras are about safety.

Red Light infractions are $124.

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Apps Alert Drivers to DUI Checkpoints Print E-mail
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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Modern technology is turning the table on cops. Drivers can now get instant warnings on their cell phone or GPS when a DUI checkpoint is near. That has police outraged and worried that drunk drivers could use it to escape arrest.

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Shudder speed (Washington Post/ABC) Print E-mail

You rip open the envelope and there it is: Another darned photo-enforcement traffic ticket.

The photograph, the zoom-in on the tag, it's you, baby. Your car. Two weeks ago. Forty-one in a 30-mph zone.

It's from your favorite municipality. You can pay $40 now or $80 later. You can also contest it, the infraction letter says, and that's a laugh. You remember seeing that the folks who went down to fight their automated tickets in Montgomery County got convicted 99.7 percent of the time. Like a Soviet election, you think, a sham, a joke, and you, the chump in the parade.

There's something that doesn't smell right about these tickets, but you're not quite sure what.

Is it the huge profits the government and their cohorts, the camera manufacturers, make on them? The District doubling the number of tickets it issued just two years ago, raking in $36 million last fiscal year? The fact that Redflex, one of the big manufacturers of these cameras, posted a 48 percent jump in revenue last year while the rest of the economy tanked?

People get worked up. Put these cyborgs on a ballot, and the voters beat them to the pavement.

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Is technology reduce drunk drivers avoid arrest? Print E-mail
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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.

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