Avoid Speed Traps and Police Checkpoints with the “Waze” App

A screenshot from the Waze App showing reported locations of police within the downtown area of Las Vegas

A screenshot from the Waze App showing (user) reported locations of police within the downtown area of Las Vegas

Recently, I was contacted by one of Nevada Cop Block’s supporters here in Las Vegas concerning posting about the “Waze” GPS app on NVCopBlock.org because he feels it is a very good resource for avoiding government revenue generators, such as speed traps and DUI or other types of checkpoints, as well as for other Cop Block related activities.

In essence what Waze does is allow its users to post real-time alerts concerning traffic backups, accidents, and road hazards. Among those traffic hazards that can be reported by users are police activities and locations where they have been spotted. This enables people with the app to “crowdsource” such information and help their fellow users avoid wasteful and costly situations.

While in the process of researching it and double checking to see if it hadn’t already been posted on the Cop Block site, I came across a previous write up about the Waze app on “the Free Thought Project,” which is another accountability site that often shares Cop Block content (and vice-versa). Since it already does a pretty good job of detailing the app and why it’s useful, I’ve reposted that review below. Also, I’m including a Youtube video from the 405Show.com, which is a site that creates videos involving driving related subjects, at the bottom of this post. The video discusses methods to avoid speed traps and mentions the Waze apps as one of the options to do so. Unfortunately, but not particularly unexpectedly, one of the things I also came across was an article that discusses how Google has integrated the information from Waze into their Maps service, with the exception of the speed trap information.

Also, keep in mind this is a cell phone app. Therefore, driving isn’t the only option which this could potentially be useful. Conceivably, this could be utilized by someone walking around, as well. The obvious use for that would be by someone wanting to avoid being hassled/profiled by the police, who can use Waze to avoid potentially running into them. Because this is an app designed for driving, this could be somewhat less effective for people on foot, since people in cars aren’t as likely to report cops walking around. Of course, encouraging drivers and other pedestrians to do so would help offset that.

Additionally, another useful option, that would be even more relevant for Cop Block groups, would be to use this app as part of Cop Watch patrols. This could be done by either actively reporting speed traps and checkpoints or by using reports from other users to locate active stops and then recording the proceedings. Both of those potential uses for the Waze app would make Cop Block activities and the services that Cop Block chapters provide within their communities easier to implement.

*Note: the original post on the Free Thought Project mentions that Waze can be found on the CopBlock.org apps page, but when I checked it wasn’t currently listed there. Whether it needs to be added or was at one time listed, but isn’t now for some reason, is something I don’t actually know right now.*

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Be careful out there!

Be careful out there!

The limitless possibilities of new technology are allowing people to fight back against police abuse like never before.  Not only can people record occurrences of police brutality, but there are also dozens of apps that are designed to help you stay a few steps ahead of “the man”.

Out of the many helpful apps that can be found on Cop Block’s apps page, a GPS app called “Waze” is one of the most helpful for pinpointing the location of police and reporting police sightings to other drivers.  When someone sees a police car or a speed trap somewhere along their route, they can make a report alerting other drivers in the area about the police activity.

There is even an option that allows you to type in a message that gives a better description of where the police are and what they are doing.  This option also allows activists to send out witty messages to their fellow travelers, such as, “warning: state mercenaries extorting civilians near exit 7″.

There are a few different GPS apps out there that have similar features, but Waze has the most users, making the reporting more frequent and accurate.  Waze also awards points to people who make regular reports, encouraging everyone to stay active and warn other drivers of danger when they can.

A brief description on the app’s website explains how Waze works.

“After typing in their destination address, users just drive with the app open on their phone to passively contribute traffic and other road data, but they can also take a more active role by sharing road reports on accidents, police traps, or any other hazards along the way, helping to give other users in the area a ‘heads-up’ about what’s to come.  In addition to the local communities of drivers using the app, Waze is also home to an active community of online map editors who ensure that the data in their areas is as up-to-date as possible.”

Download Waze today by searching “Waze” on the app finder in your phone, or try visiting www.waze.com

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About Kelly W. Patterson

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28 Responses to “Avoid Speed Traps and Police Checkpoints with the “Waze” App”

  1. TheBatman August 15, 2014 at 6:43 am #

    The “Trapster” app is far better than Waze…

  2. RAD August 15, 2014 at 11:39 am #

    I love it. The government just becomes more obsolete every day. America is where the soviets were right before the collapse of the ussr. And the collapse is coming soon.

    • JC August 16, 2014 at 10:27 am #

      Are you serious? Prove your statements. Show the real scientific data that would prove your rant. We have DUI checkpoints and because of them you say America is going to fall very soon? That is hilarious. Typical streetsheep copblocker at work.

      • RAD August 17, 2014 at 2:07 pm #

        Time will prove them. Not because of just checkpoints. Here is a question for you to think about:
        Where do the dollars in your pocket get their “value”? Why can two cents worth of paper buy a hundred bucks worth of stuff?

        • Dan December 10, 2014 at 4:58 pm #

          Because I worked X number of hours to make that 2 cents worth of paper. Spoiler alert…..the Soviet Union STILL uses paper currency even after the collapse of the USSR. Your questions is so full of hole, I don’t even know where to start.

  3. YourTaxDollarsAtWork August 15, 2014 at 2:38 pm #

    Or, it can be used to flood a checkpoint with non-cooperating drivers.

  4. Tyler August 15, 2014 at 4:28 pm #

    It is not wasteful or costly if you arent doing anything wrong. CB wants you to be a part of revenue generation because just imagine using a phone while driving. Completely legal, right?

    • TooStupidTyler August 16, 2014 at 11:28 am #

      Yeah, the innocent are NEVER hassled or arrested. Moron Alert Moron Alert.

      • Tyler August 16, 2014 at 12:01 pm #

        I am NEVER hassled or arrested. I am innocent. People who are 100% innocent never get arrested.

        • mobooz August 16, 2014 at 3:13 pm #

          Nobody’s innocent. God knows what you do with your computer when you think nobody’s looking.

          • Tyler August 16, 2014 at 4:50 pm #

            You’re right, I look at porn. But wait, I am 24. Nothing illegal there. Still stands that I am innocent and never get arrested and I have NEVER seen anyone who is innocent get arrested or harrassed. Oh, by the way, when you argue with the police, you arent quite innocent. That is suspicious behavior. People who are “copblockers” do it all wrong.

          • Dan Beaulieu February 26, 2015 at 9:37 am #

            you are a terribly ignorant person tyler…

          • donnie vanderford April 29, 2015 at 12:33 pm #

            Might want to read about the innocence project. Innocent people are arrested and convicted every day.

          • derpentine May 15, 2015 at 3:55 pm #

            thats it everyone. This guy has never seen it happen. Therefore, it never happens. Your job is done, pack it up everybody, nice work

        • Zig Zag Zach January 27, 2015 at 10:42 am #

          Your must be a sheltered white boy

  5. JC August 16, 2014 at 10:25 am #

    Another idiotic rant by an activist. The best way to avoid any problems with checkpoints is don’t speed and definitely don’t drink and drive or use drugs. I assure you these checkpoints will never go away so just get used to it or move to a state that doesn’t have them.

    • JC August 16, 2014 at 10:28 am #

      I forgot to add, It’s illegal to text and drive.

    • Bob Marley January 31, 2015 at 5:13 pm #

      Traveling at the speed limit increases the risk of an accident if average traffic speed is above the speed limit (usually is).

  6. CacheLaPoudre December 22, 2014 at 1:19 am #

    Hey, your app was used by the perp who assassinated two NYPD cops. Sleep well, assholes.

    • Zig Zag Zach January 27, 2015 at 10:44 am #

      Craig’s list is used by criminals when it’s not suppose to be. Google maps can help me plan out a killing spree getaway. So the thousands who work at Google are assholes too? Grow up

      • Dan Beaulieu February 26, 2015 at 9:35 am #

        well-put @Zig Zag Zach, and thank you @CacheLaPoudre for reminding me of how absolutely retarded some people are (that’s you in case you didn’t get that.)

    • derpentine May 15, 2015 at 3:53 pm #

      drink bleach

  7. another_engineer December 22, 2014 at 1:00 pm #

    It was used by Ismaaiyl Brinsley to track the two cops he murdered

    • Dan Beaulieu February 26, 2015 at 9:39 am #

      right, and craigslist has been used countless times, whats your point? That there’s bad people out there?

  8. FlyBoy January 30, 2015 at 12:09 pm #

    Waze is the bomb, my friends and I always turn it on when we leave the bar and plan our route accordingly. I have not had a speeding ticket or DWI since I have been using the app.. They just want the money, do they care if you kill yourself speeding or drinking. Chill Out!!

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