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COLUMBUS, Ohio — A new product promises to help drivers know when they are approaching red light cameras, school zones and speed traps.

Mark Fritts uses the Phantom Alert, a software program that carries a worldwide database of information, Consumer 10's Chuck Strickler reported.

Fritts, a supervisor for a Dayton medical equipment company, travels 150-200 miles in his car each day.  He uses the device in addition to his GPS.

"I wanted something to alert me that there's a potential red light camera ahead,' Fritts said.

The device also displays locations of DUI checkpoints, speed traps, dangerous intersections and school zones.  All the locations are called in by drivers and is verified and reviewed periodically to keep the most up-to-date information available all the time, Strickler reported.

"It arms you with the information you need to get to your location safely," Fritts said.  "I was totally amazed when I downloaded this and put it in my GPS.  It has performed flawless(ly)."

Columbus police Sgt. Rich Weiner said that the force does not have a problem with the device.

"It's a good tool," Weiner said.  "It's information.  As long as you don't abuse the information you receive, then there's nothing wrong with it."

Weiner cautioned that using the new technology should not take the place of common sense or safe driving.

Fritts said that he has not received a traffic ticket since he started using the warning system eight months ago.

"I'm not trying to break the law," Fritts said.  "I'm just trying to be more aware of these intersections - of these concerns - that I can be safe and try to avoid an accident and get home and see my family at night."

Phantom Alert offers monthly, yearly and lifetime subscription plans, Strickler reported.

Stay with 10TV News and 10TV.com for additional information.

Article at:http://www.10tv.com/live/content/consumer10/stories/2009/07/22/story_gps_info.html?sid=102

 

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