Trapster, the iPhone app that warns drivers of speed cameras, incidents, dangerous intersections and other road features of concerns for driving, has incurred the wrath of some law enforcement officials, saying it endangers the public and obstructs law enforcement.
The Trapster App, with Travis County Sheriff's Office badge Now the app has an ally inside the law: The Travis County (Texas) Sheriff's Office. That county includes Austin, the state capitol.
Using special secure access, deputies can warn users directly about speed cameras--or other hazards. Users know the info is legit because it's accompanied by the sheriff's badge.
It may reduce the revenue the county gets from tickets, but it affects behavior, TCSO figures.
"If I get my compliance without writing a ticket, I've done my job," an officer told Fox7 News in Austin.
Trapster says it's the first such relationship with a law enforcement agency.