Waze: Police use app to fool drivers with fake speed cameras

News hardware Waze: Police use app to fool drivers with fake speed cameras


In the UK, the local police use all tricks to force you to slow down in sensitive areas. Rather than verbalizing at all costs, the latter uses the Waze application to slow down motorists and thus reduce the risk of serious accidents linked to excessive speed.

Reports of police checks on Waze still authorized on the application

Allowed? Not allowed? Since the release of the GPS guidance application Waze (owned by Google since 2013), the question has come up tirelessly and the vagueness still remains in people’s minds.

In France, the constitutional council delivered its verdict on November 24, 2021 and the answer is clear : “In the name of freedom of expression and communication, it is not forbidden to report roadside checks”. And if this decision is not to the taste of the Ministry of the Interior, it has the merit of clarifying things, for the moment in any case…

Never mind, the goal of the police being above all to protect before cracking down (prevention is better than cure…), our British friends have decided to use Waze signage for their own purposes, in particular to compensate for the many budget cuts they have been suffering for many years.

Fake speed cameras reported on Waze to slow down motorists

If Google Maps is the most widely used guidance application in the world, regardless of the means of transport used (by car, on foot, by bicycle or by transport), Waze is undoubtedly the favorite of car, truck, scooter or motorcycle drivers for a very specific reason, the signaling of fixed and especially mobile speed cameras.

A feature that has the gift of driving the authorities crazy, but which ultimately can make us slow down in risk areas.

In the United Kingdom, therefore, and more specifically in the county of Surrey in southwest London, the local police have decided to replace their men with fake speed cameras that they report themselves on the Waze application in sensitive areas. The effect is intended to slow down motorists expecting to see real flying radar.

Of course, the latter can report on the application that they have seen nothing, and after a certain number of reports the marker is removed from the application. An ephemeral solution that works on average between 10 and 20 minutes according to the police, enough to slow down everyone and thus avoid accidents.

We never place a Police marker on Waze randomly, no – never. A simple way to slow down motorists on our roads. Thank you Wave!

And when Internet users point out to them that they would do better to carry out real checks rather than waste time making pranks, the latter then replied:

We are not responsible for the drastic budget cuts in recent years that have decimated police forces dedicated to road safety.

Good atmosphere! Anyway, with such a practice, at best accidents are avoided, at worst it makes you smile, and that’s not bad.

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