US: Technology is not only changing the way we do things, it is changing the way we avoid them. For instance, when the economy goes bad, Trapster (a smart-phone app for speed traps) can become more about easy money than public safety. The University of Chicago’s Journal of Law and Economics published one of several studies that have come to that conclusion.
Dean McKimm, the police chief in Canton, Ohio, admitted to MSN Money that his department has raised revenue for the city by more than doubling the number of speeding tickets it writes.
According to Trapster developers, this free app “combines technologies such as GPS and wireless location, voice transcription, geocoding, reverse geocoding, and SMS, with a central database server. It thus communicates in real time, using the Internet.”
Source: MSN Money