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.

Photo: William Hook
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