Cell phone software that can save you from a ticket - KTRE.com | Lufkin and Nacogdoches, Texas

Cell phone software that can save you from a ticket

By Maira Ansari - bio | email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - From CB radios to flashing headlights, drivers who discover speed traps often try to warn other drivers before they're pulled over. Nowadays those warnings are as close as your cell phone.

Trapster is an application for smart phones that taps into the phone's internal GPS and turns it into a mini traffic data center that maps out speed traps and red light cameras and warns drivers blocks in advance with an audible alert.

Drivers from across the country provide detailed information to Trapster, which adds it to its database.

"It's a community of people who are empowered by reporting traps or getting alerts," said Jennifer Van Grove with Trapster.com.

Reporting information is simple and relatively instantaneous: users who spot police officers or speed zones simply tap the screen to bring up a police icon. Tap it again and that information is sent to the server so that other cars driving in the area are alerted to the police presence.

Trapster has paid staff and volunteers to check out tips and rate their credibility. That information is then added to a detailed map, which can be viewed on a smart phone or computer.

You would think Trapster would be controversial, but Indiana State Police actually like it. "We wish there would be a 1,000 more just like it," said Sgt. Jerry Goodin with the Indiana State Police in Sellersburg. "The reason why is this type of website is helping us gain voluntary compliance on speeding."

Trapster is free and its users say it is fun. Police just hope you don't get distracted by using the application on your phone while driving.

Trapster and similar programs can also be used with old-style cell phones that don't have GPS. Just enter detailed information about your commute, along with your phone number, on the Trapster website.

Specify the times you take that route, and if there are any traps along the way, Trapster will alert you with a text message.

(Copyright 2009 WAVE-TV and Raycom Media. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

  • East Texas NewsMore>>

  • Defense questions investigator in third day of Henderson trial

    Defense questions investigator in third day of Henderson trial

    Friday, September 22 2017 7:19 PM EDT2017-09-22 23:19:49 GMT
    James Henderson's defense attorney, Stanley Sokolowski, started off the third day of court by questioning the state's witness, Investigator Bill Rulland. The cross examination lasted most of the morning and even a little into the afternoon. According to Investigator Michael Molnes, with the Houston County Sheriff's Office, Sokolowski attempted to discredit Brenna Theuer's witness testimony, as well as testimony from Robert Mobley.  The trial is expected to head into closing arg...More >>
    James Henderson's defense attorney, Stanley Sokolowski, started off the third day of court by questioning the state's witness, Investigator Bill Rulland. The cross examination lasted most of the morning and even a little into the afternoon. According to Investigator Michael Molnes, with the Houston County Sheriff's Office, Sokolowski attempted to discredit Brenna Theuer's witness testimony, as well as testimony from Robert Mobley.  The trial is expected to head into closing arg...More >>
  • Tar-covered tires stick to parking lot of Lufkin tire shop

    Tar-covered tires stick to parking lot of Lufkin tire shop

    Friday, September 22 2017 7:09 PM EDT2017-09-22 23:09:01 GMT
    More than a few tar-covered tires are hanging on to the parking lot of a Lufkin tire shop.  On August 31, newly laid asphalt on Loop 287 started sticking to tires of those driving, leaving many of the cars un-driveable. As of Friday, the Texas Department of Transportation hadn't come out with an official cause for the incident, but that hasn't stopped over 600 people from filing claims with them. Copyright 2017 KTRE. All rights reserved.More >>
    More than a few tar-covered tires are hanging on to the parking lot of a Lufkin tire shop.  On August 31, newly laid asphalt on Loop 287 started sticking to tires of those driving, leaving many of the cars un-driveable. As of Friday, the Texas Department of Transportation hadn't come out with an official cause for the incident, but that hasn't stopped over 600 people from filing claims with them. Copyright 2017 KTRE. All rights reserved.More >>
  • Trinity County traffic stop results in 2 felony drugs arrests. seizure of weed, codiene, other drugs

    Trinity County traffic stop results in 2 felony drugs arrests. seizure of weed, codiene, other drugs

    Friday, September 22 2017 6:19 PM EDT2017-09-22 22:19:50 GMT

    Deputies with the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office made two felony drug arrests and seized marijuana, Prometh VC with codeine, hydrocodone, Alprazolam, and ecstasy after a traffic stop near the intersection of Robb and Jefferson streets late Tuesday night.

    More >>

    Deputies with the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office made two felony drug arrests and seized marijuana, Prometh VC with codeine, hydrocodone, Alprazolam, and ecstasy after a traffic stop near the intersection of Robb and Jefferson streets late Tuesday night.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly