Are you sick of driving safely and legally? Tired of keeping track of all those pesky red light cameras and speed traps?

Photo Ryn Gargulinski

Photo Ryn Gargulinski

Now you don’t have to – Trapster will do it for you.

This newfangled iPhone application marks locations of all types of road atrocities – from red light cameras to vehicle crashes, from kids at play to traffic cops hiding behind mesquite trees. It tracks narrow bridges, flooded streets, construction zones, ice on the roadway, brush fires on the sidelines and road closures.

It even has an icon for roadkill.

You can also keep tabs on those annoying DUI checkpoints.

Tucson police officers at Friday’s DUI checkpoint made contact with 652 motorists, according to a TPD news release.

That’s 652 people who had their lives held up so they could be handed a pamphlet on the dangers of driving drunk.

If these folks were using Trapster, they could have gone a different route and perhaps saved the three to five minutes it took to go through such a blockade.

Photo Ryn Gargulinski

Photo Ryn Gargulinski

And just think how many other precious minutes could be saved by avoiding crash areas where a van is blocking all four lanes of traffic or the kids-at-play-zones where some kid’s little yellow ball may suddenly spurt out into the street.

You don’t have time to waste braking for a little yellow ball.

Still more time can be gained when you know the routes that are free of speed traps so you can, in fact, go 80 mph in a 35 mph zone without the fear of receiving those expensive tickets.

Trapster works by letting registered users enter locations of these street atrocities as they drive around town. Other users then verify the atrocities, giving them more credibility.

This free service has more than 3 million members worldwide that have already tracked some 1.3 million speed traps across the globe, according to Trapster’s PR person Stefanie Frederick. In addition to the iPhone, Trapster works on many other devices.

Users can also mark when speed traps are removed, relocated or traffic cops are busy writing a ticket for someone who didn’t have Trapster.

By the time everything’s marked on Trapster, you’ll know what route to take that causes you the least inconvenience or, if there is no such route, you’ll know to stay home.

Of course, looking at your Trapster every minute while you are trying to drive may be a hazard all its own. But if the route you choose is truly free and clear you should have nothing to worry about.

Please note: This piece was written with sarcasm as the author believes driving safely, not tracking ways to avoid speed traps and other encounters with authorities, is really the way to go. Tracking other road hazards, such as crashes or roadkill, may be helpful.


Photo Ryn Gargulinski

Photo Ryn Gargulinski


What do you think?

Are you a fan of such devices?

Did you ever use a radar detector?

Do you keep a mental log of what streets to avoid for speed traps and the like?

Have you tried Trapster?