Originally Posted by Sparkomatic
I installed it as well. Does what it says but I agree that it's not 'super easy'. I was on a toll road, saw a cop parked on the side and decided to report it to Trapster. Had to open the program, wait for it to acquire a GPS location and then report it. By the time all that happened, I know the exact location wasn't correct.
I do think it's fun to check out the map on my mac though and see where people are reporting traps. Plus, as cgarrabr said, it's only going to be as good as the people posting. They do have a system where you can rate the people posting as to their accuracy. Maybe I'll give it another try when I get my Bold!
the point is to leave the application running as if you were using the device for navigation and/or getting updates on possible upcoming traps. this allows you to flag "hotspots" quickly should you run across one. i can see how this could be expensive for people who cant afford an unlimited data plan, though... and it's those who can least afford a ticket. i guess the easiest and most effective way is to simply obey the rules of the road and be attentive.
Originally Posted by fizz
however it was stated that it can save lives if less people speed which is true IMO.
speed is rarely the cause of highway accidents (police chases notwithstanding)... now the sudden decrease of speed and inattention, OTOH, are. for example, cars dont suddenly flip over when they do 80mph... wrecks happen at all speeds, usually due to traffic ahead not moving as quickly as the person coming from the rear (be it a sudden lane change, obstruction, traffic jam, poor braking skills/tailgating). the few related to people making poor lane change decisions without observing account for some, while the rest are the fault of the guy coming up from behind just not paying enough attention to slow/brake in a timely manner to avoid an accident... which can happen at 15 or 500mph. IMO, applying the brakes on a motorway without due cause/tailgaters should be a ticketable offense... the ONLY reason to brake on a highway should be for road obstructions/emergencies only as speed can be managed effectively with only the accelerator pedal if you're paying attention to the road conditions ahead. the 55mph limit was instituted due to the oil embargo of the 70's in an attempt to conserve gas, not save lives. in fact, highway deaths have decreased since the limit was lifted, even as the number of drivers on the road have increased.
but even the NHTSA and the insurance industry both agree that speed is not a major factor in most highway deaths... but governments do since it's an easily ticketable offense and a revenue generator that many municipalities now rely on to fund road maintenance.