Hate Traffic Tickets? There’s An App for That! – 5 Apps for Dodging Red Light and Speed Cameras

Renita/ July 14, 2014/ Technology/ 0 comments

We all hate the feeling of seeing the flash of a billstraffic camera while driving or opening the mail to find a $100 fine for going 36 mph in a 35 mph zone. But for drivers in most large cities, these cameras are swiftly being installed at major intersections and now even near parks and school zones, making them almost impossible to avoid.

 Luckily, there are several apps that alert drivers of any upcoming red light or speeding cameras, giving them ample time to slow down and avoid costly fines.

Waze

Waze Mobile App

Platform: iOS, Android, and Windows
Price: Free

Waze Screenshot

Arguably the most popular app on this list, Waze is a fun community-based navigation app. Although its primary focus is on real-time traffic updates, Waze relies on its 50 million users to report police traps, hazards, road closures, and even gas prices.



Trapster

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Platform: iOS, Android, and Windows
Price: Free

Trapster Mobile App

With a worldwide community of over 20 million drivers, Trapster users work together to alert you of speed traps, red light and speed cameras, accidents and other hazards. This app also runs in the background for battery conservation and limited driver distraction.



Cobra iRadar

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Platform: iOS
Price: Free

Cobra iRadar App

Initially developed for the Chicago area, Cobra iRadar is a community of 1 million drivers that share real-time information about speed cameras, red-light cameras, and radar laser activity. The app is updated twice a day with new camera locations using AURA, the industry’s premier 100% verified camera database.



CamSam

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Platform: Android and Windows
Price: Free

CamSam App

CamSam turns your smartphone into a speed camera alert system. Users receive speedcam alerts in real time and are warned about more than 60,000 fixed speed cameras worldwide. This app uses data from SCDB.info, the worldwide speed camera database.



PhantomAlert

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Platform: iOS and Android
Price: $9.99/month or $29.99/year

PhantomAlert App

Claiming to have the largest and most accurate database in the world with over 400,000 alert locations, Phantom Alert is constantly updated by millions of drivers. It alerts you of speed traps, speed cameras, red light cameras, school zones, police stations, and even DUI checkpoints.


With red light and speed camera tickets making up nearly 50% of revenue in some states, these “photo enforced areas” are not going away anytime soon, but perhaps one of these apps will make the tickets disappear.

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