Drivers trying to avoid pricey citations for traffic offenses like red-light camera violations and speed-trap busts are turning to technology to level the playing field, USA Today reports. As cash-starved police agencies pump up coffers with traffic-ticket revenue, drivers use devices and applications that give them a heads-up when it’s time to stop or slow down. Cobra’s iRadar can connect with an iPhone; Trapster relies on information reported by other users; and Fuzz Alert works with iPhones and iPads.
PhantomAlert is an online database that drivers can download to GPS devices or smartphones. It uses audible alerts to warn drivers about everything from speed and red-light cameras to speed traps, school zones, and DUI checkpoints. “If people are going to use those, what other purpose are they going to use them for except to drink and drive?” says Montgomery County, Md., police Capt. Paul Starks.