For those of you who have been doing road trips without Waze, you’re doing yourself a disservice. The crowd-sourced navigation app not only gets to you where you need to go, but it alerts you of all hazards, traffic, and police checkpoints ahead. It’s become my go-to and has helped me out in more waze than I can count. It’s an app that enables snitching on the police whose inconspicuous speed traps are put on blast for the whole Waze community to see and adjust their speed to a cool 66 when it matters most. I’m sure it’s taken a toll on speeding tickets, which theoretically and literally is a good thing, but for the popo? Big no no. They’ve finally stepped up to Google, who owns Waze, with a classic C&D letter.
Move snitch, get out the waze.
“This letter serves to put you on notice that the NYPD has become aware that the Waze Mobile application, a community-driven GPS navigation application owned by Google LLC, currently permits the public to report DWI checkpoints throughout New York City and map these locations on the application,” the NYPD wrote.
Clearly, the Department thinks the internet giant is hindering its ability to keep city streets safe.
“Individuals who post the locations of DWI checkpoints may be engaging in criminal conduct since such actions could be intentional attempts to prevent and/or impair the administration of the DWI laws and other relevant criminal and traffic laws,” the letter continued. “The posting of such information for public consumption is irresponsible since it only serves to aid impaired and intoxicated drivers to evade checkpoints and encourage reckless driving. Revealing the location of checkpoints puts those drivers, their passengers, and the general public at risk.”
“Safety is a top priority when developing navigation features at Google. We believe that informing drivers about upcoming speed traps allows them to be more careful and make safer decisions when they’re on the road,” a Google spokesperson told CBS2 in a statement.
So, exposing DWI checkpoints *may* be engaging in criminal conduct? How do they not know whether or not that is the law? If I call my buddy and tell him to avoid Route 2 cause there’s a trap, I’m a criminal? I don’t know man. What’s most shocking of all of this is that Google owns two competing navigation systems…I’ve always toggled between Google Maps and Waze, thinking they had some different source or vantage point to help me on my way, but nope, same company literally tracking my every move. Which I’m fine with, as long as I get to where I need to go and I know when to slow down to a cool 66.