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2012-10-04 11:27:19 AM  
Or you don't speed.
 
2012-10-04 11:43:21 AM  
Anybody using this? The reviews look solid but there are not many of them.
 
2012-10-04 11:52:42 AM  
Parallelism fail -- see http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/623/1/ for an explananation.

/ Ha ha, I get to be "that guy"
 
2012-10-04 11:53:05 AM  

Tr0mBoNe: Or you don't speed.


There are some roads that I drive where you'd get run over if you didn't go at least 15 over.
 
2012-10-04 12:09:27 PM  

Tobin_Lam: Tr0mBoNe: Or you don't speed.

There are some roads that I drive where you'd get run over if you didn't go at least 15 over.


Like I-81 between Winchester VA and Harrisonburg VA... If you're not doing 100 the fedex truck will run you off the road.
 
2012-10-04 12:11:56 PM  
Cars need some sort of Fermi cage that blocks phone signals. You assholes are going to kill me.

/my lawn, it's a phone-free zone
 
2012-10-04 12:17:13 PM  
Balls to all speed revenuecameras. You shoule be able to sit a test that licenses you to drive at speed if you can do so safely, and double the penalties for causing harm as a direct result of reckless driving.

Shove your terrified, no-fun, WE-MUST-DO-EVERYTHING-WE-ARE-TOLD-BECAUSE-ZOMG-THE-CHILDRENS!! attitude right up your freckle and get out of my lane.
 
2012-10-04 12:19:05 PM  
Subby must be the one person left in america who believes speeding laws have anything to do with safe driving.
 
2012-10-04 12:19:21 PM  

PluckYew: Cars need some sort of Fermi cage that blocks phone signals. You assholes are going to kill me.

/my lawn, it's a phone-free zone


Yeah, people need to shut up and drive, unless they are on a lonely interstate with few cars sharing the road with them. At the same time, I'm not sure I really want to go back to the days before every smartphone had turn-by-turn voice nav and people were trying to read a paper map and drive at the same time.
 
2012-10-04 12:43:07 PM  
Was that an article or an ad?

also, Waze provides similar functionality, along with other more useful stuff.
 
2012-10-04 01:19:43 PM  
FTA: "We are very concerned about the public using apps that would take their hands and eyes off the road," [Diedra Samuels] told KTRH."

Yeah, because it's not like people use GPS devices or maps on their phones. Non-issue, except that it takes money out of the popo's coffers, which is what Ms. Samuels is truly concerned about.

Tr0mBoNe: Or you don't speed.


Speed traps are set up in areas where the speed limit often changes suddenly and more than a simple 5mph (say, from 65mph to 40mph) and not always obviously. Out-of-towners aren't aware of the large limit differential, and usually get screwed by the local popo who sets up radar just for that purpose. It's all about the revenue.

Here's an article about a town that was a notorious speed trap. FTA: "They ticketed motorists for speeding. They ticketed them for tailgating and for failing to signal a turn. They stopped motorists who grazed the white lines on the shoulder of the road. They pulled over truckers and tourists and little old ladies who were in no particular hurry and swore they had never sped a day in their lives. One officer threatened to ticket a boy on his bicycle. Another pulled over a man riding horseback. Seems neither had a taillight.

"If you weren't local," said Cindy Meads, a waitress at Bonnie's Restaurant here, "you got a ticket. That's pretty much the way things worked."

Sound like a pretty good reason to have an app that would show you to avoid this town like the plague!

In any event, what's wrong with an app that encourages people to obey the speed limit? It's similar to people flashing their lights to warn oncoming cars that the popo is right down the road. It gets drivers to slow down, so that's a bad thing? Oh wait, it cuts into their "taxation." Got it.
 
2012-10-04 01:28:41 PM  
Try Waze.
It does it all plus a lot more and its free.
 
2012-10-04 01:33:25 PM  

Rambino: Was that an article or an ad?

also, Waze provides similar functionality, along with other more useful stuff.


ErnieBert: Try Waze.
It does it all plus a lot more and its free.


Like sharing your location with other users without any way of disabling it? Where do I sign up??
 
2012-10-04 01:49:52 PM  

IamSoSmart_S_M_R_T: Speed traps are set up in areas where the speed limit often changes suddenly and more than a simple 5mph (say, from 65mph to 40mph) and not always obviously. Out-of-towners aren't aware of the large limit differential, and usually get screwed by the local popo who sets up radar just for that purpose. It's all about the revenue.


Local town sits on a state route. the speed limits go like this:

55 -> 50 -> 35 -> 25 -> 35 -> 55

So, they sit and wait after the change to 50 mph and bust anyone who doesn't notice, plus the all the local police have been deputized by the sheriff so they can operate outside the city limits.

Speed limits are not about safety, they are about revenue. There are no houses within the 50 mph zone,it is not part of the town, it is a 4 lane straight stretch., so why does it go down to that while on the other end of town it jumps from 35 to 55 (and the revers if you are coming into town).

Don't even get me started on the 25mph zone in town that takes you down a hill for about two miles. Also, the school zone for the high school is on the state route that connects to the road that you have to drive another half a mile on to actually reach the damn school (so, the school doesn't sit on the state route, it is about a half mile away, and there is a cornfield in between the road and the school)
 
2012-10-04 01:53:14 PM  
Police: To protect and $erve
 
2012-10-04 02:06:59 PM  

dwyw: Like sharing your location with other users without any way of disabling it? Where do I sign up??


No one cares what Asian Massage Parlors you go to....
 
2012-10-04 02:09:17 PM  

PluckYew: Fermi cage


I think you mean Faraday cage. A Fermi cage would block out extraterrestrial signals from reaching.... Oh my God. You just solved Fermi's Paradox.
 
2012-10-04 02:47:48 PM  

IamSoSmart_S_M_R_T: FTA: "We are very concerned about the public using apps that would take their hands and eyes off the road," [Diedra Samuels] told KTRH."

Yeah, because it's not like people use GPS devices or maps on their phones. Non-issue, except that it takes money out of the popo's coffers, which is what Ms. Samuels is truly concerned about.

Tr0mBoNe: Or you don't speed.

Speed traps are set up in areas where the speed limit often changes suddenly and more than a simple 5mph (say, from 65mph to 40mph) and not always obviously. Out-of-towners aren't aware of the large limit differential, and usually get screwed by the local popo who sets up radar just for that purpose. It's all about the revenue.

Here's an article about a town that was a notorious speed trap. FTA: "They ticketed motorists for speeding. They ticketed them for tailgating and for failing to signal a turn. They stopped motorists who grazed the white lines on the shoulder of the road. They pulled over truckers and tourists and little old ladies who were in no particular hurry and swore they had never sped a day in their lives. One officer threatened to ticket a boy on his bicycle. Another pulled over a man riding horseback. Seems neither had a taillight.

"If you weren't local," said Cindy Meads, a waitress at Bonnie's Restaurant here, "you got a ticket. That's pretty much the way things worked."

Sound like a pretty good reason to have an app that would show you to avoid this town like the plague!

In any event, what's wrong with an app that encourages people to obey the speed limit? It's similar to people flashing their lights to warn oncoming cars that the popo is right down the road. It gets drivers to slow down, so that's a bad thing? Oh wait, it cuts into their "taxation." Got it.


www.speedtrap.org
 
2012-10-04 02:58:37 PM  

Tr0mBoNe: Or you don't speed.


You know how I know you don't live in California?

FTFA: "We are very concerned about the public using apps that would take their hands and eyes off the road," she told KTRH.

Eyes on the road so you don't notice their hands in your pocket.
 
2012-10-04 06:03:49 PM  

Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy: PluckYew: Fermi cage

I think you mean Faraday cage. A Fermi cage would block out extraterrestrial signals from reaching.... Oh my God. You just solved Fermi's Paradox.


Roger...thanks for the info...glad to help.
 
2012-10-04 10:39:42 PM  

Tr0mBoNe: Or you don't speed.


Yeah, I know. We're all evil in our own sort of way when we refuse to turn into a Passive Aggressive Prius owner in the left lane. The greatest statistical reason people speed isn't time saved (little to none) or wanting to race...it's out of pure boredom. I've been to a Rally School, I've autocrossed my WRX, and yet, I still speed. 70 in a 60. 55 in a 45. Nothing unreasonable or reckless. I travel enough that I know when I need to maintain the speed limit (such as US2 up here in Washington), but it doesn't mean I'm a bad driver.

What really gets me though, is the constant red light revenue generators...the speed camera cars they leave in construction zones, etc. I'm always respectful of police officers, and rarely get a ticket (and if I do, I get it dropped). So for that reason I love apps like this. I also love my Laser Jamming system, and my trick plate that flips my plate inside with the click of a switch whenever I'm near a camera or toll of any kind. I'm one of the evil Libertarian/Tea-baggers that hate the over-extension of government, and because of that, I make every effort to avoid another shot at a cop giving me a speech about how I don't know how to drive. To each his own.
 
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