Drive like a maniac without getting a ticket

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.

[tnipoll]

Photo Ryn Gargulinski

Photo Ryn Gargulinski

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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?

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About Rynski

Writer, artist, performer who specializes in the weird, wacky and sometimes creepy. Learn more at ryngargulinski.com.
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17 Responses to Drive like a maniac without getting a ticket

  1. radmax says:

    Mornin’ Rynski! This device should add loads of fun to those already texting, eating, yappin’ on the cell, doing their nails, or playin’ grab-ass with their homey’s in the back seat. Just another distraction, although when used properly…BEFORE setting out, this could prove invaluable.

    • Rynski says:

      mornin’ radax – i wholly agree that it could be useful for some hazards – but not while driving around. and you forgot to put picking noses on list of driver distractions – hahah. i see that too often at red lights. ugh!
       

      • radmax says:

        Rynski!…that did cross my mind(nose pickers I guess feel that they are invisible while driving?)…but Monday is gross enough all by itself. 🙂
        PS- I vote to eliminate all weekdays ‘cept Friday, would make the work week much more bearable… 😉

      • radmax says:

        PS-Did Phoebe head-butt the stop sign into submission?

      • Rynski says:

        here, here on the work day eliminations! hahah. or at least make the ratio more evenly distributed then 5 work/2 off, no?
        also – yes, that sign was, sadly, a casualty of phoebe’s head butting.

  2. Jennatoolz says:

    Heya Ryn! I can see how Trapster might be useful to some people who are always in a rush to get from one place to another. It’s not for me though…I like to keep my trips simple and direct. I don’t like zigzagging through neighborhoods just to get from A to B. I stick to the main roads…even if it means I’m stuck behind a funeral procession (which has happened to me twice in the past 2 months, lol)

    • Rynski says:

      hiya jenna!
      very good point on zigzagging around – or not wanting to. thanks for bringing it up!
      whenever i do see trouble up ahead (i.e. crash, jam, etc) and i try to veer off course, i end up on one of those dead end/no outlet/one way only going the opposite way streets.
      sorry to hear you are a magnet for funeral processions – my beau is a magnet for really slow driver – he ALWAYS ends up behind them – they will even go out their way, coming from nowhere, to pull in front of him when all other lanes are empty.

      • Jennatoolz says:

        Haha yes..I ALWAYS get caught up in a dead end street if I try to avoid getting stuck in traffic. It just ends up taking even longer than it would have if I’d have just stayed the course! 😛

      • Rynski says:

        so true. i esp. hate when you see cars that were behind you zooming on by when you’re stuck in some alley.

  3. Ferraribubba says:

    Hey Rynski: The worst case of distraction while driving that I ever saw while I was a cop was one lazy Sunday afternoon in Anaheim when this young lady, sitting in the passenger’s seat was ‘pleasuring’ her boyfriend, who was driving.
    She must have been doing a whale if a job, because he must have had his eyes closed and didn’t see that truck stopped in front of him at the red light signal.
    OUCH! When their car hit the stopped truck, her jaws clamped shut, almost severing his manhood. You wanna talk blood? It was everywhere.
    We rendered first aid until the EMTs arrived, and they hauled both of them away.
    Almost as embarrassing as the hot summer night that we had a medical aid call at the Disneyland Hotel swimming pool.
    Seems this drunk, horny tourist got his whanger stuck in the hot water return hole in the side of the pool. He was just standing there, stuck fast. The more he moved, the harder it got.
    As you could imagine, a big crowd gathered around him, to hoot, holler, laugh, and point at the fool. We put a blanket around him for privacy and waited for the EMTs on this one too.
    They finally showed up, and after laughing their azzes off, they gave him shots of muscle relaxers and anti-anxiety meds, and he finally got free to the ringing applause and cheers of the crowd.
    Book ’em Dano, yer pal, Ferrari Bubba

    • Rynski says:

      i’ll tell ya, ferrari – you’ve had quite the colorful life (hahah).
       

      • Ferraribubba says:

        Hey Rynski: Did I ever tell you about the night that I rolled on another medical aid call at an ‘alternative lifestyle’ party?
        Well, this bunch of  ‘happy’ guys were having this contest to see which one could insert the largest light bulb up his ready and willing rectum.
        All was going well, with much fun and many laughs until this little orental dude tried a 150 watt flood light, and couldn’t get it out. That’s when we were called. We called the EMTs and they were unsuccessful too.
        He finally ended up going to the ER,  where the doctors removed it, and added it to their ever-growing collection of strange things removed from strange places. <g>
        Now, every time I hear the song, ‘You Light Up My Life,’ I have to chuckle!
        Yer pal, Ferrari Bubba

      • Jennatoolz says:

        Wow…a little too much information from that one…

        Just sayin’.

      • Rynski says:

        i’m with jenna on this one – tmi….yuck.

      • azmouse says:

        Hey, I thought it was a good story. People and life are always interesting.

      • Karen Nelson says:

        Great stories, Bubba!  My ex was (is) a surgeon and in his training years in the ER he had some major stories to tell… the lightbulb one is an oldie but goodie…
        As for the Trapster… I’m with RadMax, it can be very helpful if used appropriately (kind of like a lot of things in life!). I would use it to avoid speedtraps and accidents/hazards, etc. Not while driving, of course… but before setting out or having a passenger check on it. It could help with backups, etc. I also like to avoid speedtraps because it almost always happens that there is a cop when I am (rarely) going over the speed limit…!

  4. medicmag says:

    Nice writeup, your sarcasm is hilarious.  Thanks for the info – I’ll get trapster and learn to drive like a maniac.  :p

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