With the release of the new iPhone application from Trapster, Senior Sergeant Erwin Hoffman reminds people that using mobile devices when driving is illegal. Photo: MAX FLEET trap1502b
With the release of the new iPhone application from Trapster, Senior Sergeant Erwin Hoffman reminds people that using mobile devices when driving is illegal. Photo: MAX FLEET trap1502b

Technology avoids police traps

BUNDABERG motorists have joined in an attempt to avoid getting caught speeding and drink driving by police.

Around 3.5 million people have joined an online group which issues instant warnings for speed traps, red light cameras, random breath tests, known police hiding spots and road hazards such as children at play, fires, accidents, road kill and hazardous stretches of road.

Bundaberg Police Inspector Kev Guteridge said the police were aware of the application which could be found online or downloaded to certain mobile phones.

“If the intent of the program is to reduce the road toll and save lives then it’s a good thing,” he said.

But Insp Guteridge said he did not think this was the case with many motorists.

“The fact that police continue to detect massive numbers of people speeding suggests that people do tend to slow down just for the warning areas,” he said.

The application features rating systems which allow people to verify they have seen the trap.

It also issues warnings to users as they get closer to the police, which Insp Guteridge said was of concern.

“The program itself is not illegal, it’s fine as far as I’m concerned,” he said.

“The real problem is that it will lead people to use their mobile phone while driving which is certainly illegal.”

Insp Guteridge said motorists needed to realise that police issued fines to deter bad behaviour.

“The entire aim of all of our road safety campaigns is to save lives,” he said.

“Fines are intended to educate drivers but evidently a lot don’t get the message.”

Insp Guteridge said while many people labelled fines as money-making schemes, this was not the case at all.

“I would be happy to never have to issue a fine ever again,” he said.

“Unfortunately it is necessary to keep people safe on the road.”

Insp Guteridge said the message was clear at the end of the day.

“It’s simple,” he said.

“If you don’t want to get caught, then don’t do the wrong thing.”



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