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D.C. Police Chief Denounces iPhone Speed Trap App as "Cowardly"

Washington D.C. police chief Cathy Lanier thinks people who use the PhantomAlert iPhone app are cowards who are trying to circumvent the law.

According to a story in the Washington Examiner, several Washington area drivers are using PhantomAlert to find speed traps and speed cameras in the metro D.C. area, and slow down to an appropriate speed, or avoid the area entirely.

Chief Lanier told the Examiner, "I think that's the whole point of this program. It's designed to circumvent law enforcement — law enforcement that is designed specifically to save lives."

She called the iPhone app a "cowardly tactic," and promised D.C. drivers "people who overly rely on those and break the law anyway are going to get caught."

So, let me make sure I have this right:

  1. This is about driver safety, not generating revenue.

  2. People who are aware of speed traps will slow down to avoid them.

  3. Slowing down in your vehicle will save lives.

  4. But people who slow down to avoid speed traps are still cowards.

  5. And we're still expected to believe it's not about revenue.

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  1. Just read all the comments on the story you linked to. I didn't see ONE siding with the Police Chief on this one. Not ONE.

  2. I'm in DC now, E. And I've been talking about this story for a week or so. It's actually prompting me to invest in a Garmin w/ Navteq service (same thing kinda - w/no iPhone).

    At least on the Navteq site there are Police Chiefs posting their support of the idea, sighting public safety.

    As it always is in DC - about the ducets!!

    As our former Mayor and current councilman opines: "That bitch set me up!"

    I think Montgomery County (just outside DC) spent all the revenue they made off the cameras on officers to review the footage obtained... talk about job creation..!!

    Rok rok AUN!


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