police: trailing/leading (in motion vs stationary)
Reports of stationary police are nice, but reporting highway patrol on the prowl with that feature is untenable.
Please consider a feature to report actively pacing highway patrol with modifier for leading (ahead of officer), or trailing (behind officer).
There should be an option to anonymize the report should one be traveling WITH- or accelerating AWAY from- the highway patrol at speeds exceeding posted limits.
pilot wife commented
I cannot afford to spend time on my commute driving slower than everyone who is driving 25% faster than posted limits
And my family word starve if I got one $1000 ticket
The system is extremely UNJUST
Withhold Seth commented
Waze, please provide ▪MOAR▪ detailed information to commuters
Waze needs to show moving sheriffs, travelling police, moving highway patrol to increase the safety of those they serve.
Show direction, velocity, acceleration, frequency, heat map, color coded aging of alert, credibilty, disallow removal by those within close proximity who are stationary, disallow removal of other alerts by those respectively stationary near other [recently] active alerts, disallow removal by those who only mark not-there, grant higher confidence to faster than herd commuters, provide ETA based on which percentile group of commuter, tie traffic alerts to marked police for better estimation of dissipation (with color coding).
○ sheriffs are in conspicuous vehicles in high contrast black & white
○ sheriffs wear uniforms to stand out from everyone else
○ finding sheriffs without waze is not difficult
These high visibility vehicles inspire panic in hand-to-mouth commuters oft resulting in
• unexpected breaking
• truly reckless behavior
• slowing without break lights
• rubber-necking caused mass delays increasing risk of rear-endings
Sheriffs driving both slower than the herd & slower than outdated posted limits benefit no one, obstruct commerce.
These facetious requests to censor map information is inanity & unamerican. Currently Sheriff Association is the whine festival.
♢ criminals intent on harming sheriffs will listen to police radio to find sheriff's location.
♢♢ should we ban radio use?
Less information obviously will not stop crime. Better information allows better decisions. Please don't treat everyone like criminals. Innocent until proven guilty? Remember!
More restrictions makes no one safe. Gun licensing and firearm right-suppression undermine right to life from conception to natural death, and demonstrably increases crime. Everyone has a RIGHT TO THE TRUTH.
The road is less safe with absurd limitations.
%▶ if safety: 9 mph
%▶ if pollution reduction or efficiency: 92 mph
Fast driving is not reckless. Slow driving can be reckless.
▶ roads are built for commerce
▶ commuters pay taxes
▶ cities don't exist to be profitable
▶ citizens aren't a money tree
Waze helps tax payers effect prudence.
● police should be pursuing those who perpetrate violence against others after a crime.
● police are not performing their sworn duty well by collecting artificial undemocratic taxes.
● highway patrol was created to help commuters with road-side difficulties prior to the age of wireless phones.
■ more information better
■ censoring is not better
■ do not treat everyone as a criminal
■ say NO to impoverishing efficiently driving commuters
■ fixed limits are outdated per se
■ dismiss with prejudice sheriff association inane request
May God bless America and its internets.
speeding is RARELY reckless commented
Fixed speed limit is obsolete. Percentile difference is the consideration.
Frank Silver commented
Speed limits have not changed significantly since I started driving almost 50 years ago. At that time going 70 or 75 was considered flying. Today it is the average speed on most highways I have been on for the last 15 or more years as cars have improved significantly.
Even in NYC on most highways cars travel at the speed limited by traffic with 70MPH of so being a slow average when there is no significant traffic and many cars traveling over 80. Speeding tickets are for the unlucky as virtually all drivers are exceeding the limit.
It is time for the various legislatures to increase speed limits to the de facto speed that is being traveled. I would set the limit at 75 and enforce laws on lane use and right of way. People exceeding the limit by 10 or more miles an hour should be ticketed and people traveling in any but the rightmost lane 10 or miles an hour slower than the limit should be ticketed. I personally think they are more dangerous than the speeders.
My personal practice is to travel in the lane with the most space in front of me. I think driving to close is the more dangerous practice.
@vince1612 : exactly! .. exactly why there needs to be an option for "moving" in addition to stationary & hidden -Because *some* people will report moving patrols. Without an option to specify this, there is no way to filter or ignore them (at your discretion)
Reporting moving patrols is useless as 5-10 seconds after your report, it would already be outdated.
Waze doesn't allow LIVE position tracking of Wazers so saying you're following the patrol wouldn't solve anything (and would make you a bit creepy).
Finally nobody can predict when a patrol will take an exit or make a U-turn, etc... So it's really pointless unless you want to be annoyed all the time by false reports where you will be cursing at your phone because the patrol is nowhere in sight where the report pin is on the map.
Finally you should NOT be able to make such reports anonymously.
Leonardo Lombardi commented
I don't get why there is a police report feature in the first place.
What's the reason for reporting? To alert someone that is committing a crime, so he doesn't get caught. This is wrong. I would like to remove the original feature, not improve on it.
Do you ever change features? I also like the hidden/stopped/moving option that BadoonBadoon commented · July 21, 2013 10:17 PM
I think three options hidden/stopped/moving. I stopped flagging moving cops because there is no use to other wazers. And I flagged this as inappropriate by mistake. I must have larger then normal thumbs.
Richard B. Ramirez commented
Excellent idea, for now I try and ad a txt, "In Motion", beings there's no other means of reporting. I normally see more officers in motion then sitting.
George Wright commented
Absolutely great idea! I see more Police on the move and patrolling than stationary.
Make sure this feature is accompanied with a discontinue feature ready to push when Wazer and police part ways. Reminders to discontinue every mile.
Excellent idea! However, what about an alert for police aircraft flying overhead given that they definitely do monitor speed this way as well when weather permits. It's speeding, will then get pulled over by a stationary unit on the side of road, but it's already too late since you've already been clocked going next number of miles over the limit.
Daniel Molloy Jr. commented
User Interface: Would like to see a tag "on" or "off" when the police are in view coupled with the "trailing" / "leading". So I see one leading, add and then click again when they turn off and are no longer visible.
This would be a great feature. It could issue an alert for a certain radius (i.e. 1 - 5 miles) based upon the speed of the Wazer. As other Wazers reported the sighting as well, the location and speed would be reinforced, and the radius increased.
This will probably never become a feature.. The problem with doing this is that it's a lot more complicated than it seems. 1) By the time the report propagates across the system (i.e. gets to other Wazers) the location of the report is no longer valid (as the Police Officer has moved a significant distance down the roads). 2) It gets exponentially more difficult to predict where the officer will be at each junction they could potentially pass.
Waze could improve accuracy by allowing those in waze groups around inane-law enforcement officers or highway patrols.
Leading- and trailing, and in same wolf pack ... to reduce reporting- and publishing delay
Reports should be weighted with respect to trustworthiness or consistent reliability (and negatively weight falsely reporting not-there)
Speeding has everything to do with fuel efficiency ESPECIALLY with the NEEDLESSLY high cost of fossil fuels (biochemical solar energy storage) -- weak domestic energy policies must be corrected in favor of citizens. And poorly managed cities ought not be fleecing employed commuters
This should tie into speed trap reporting groups
more allayed commented
Turn about is fair play. Highway patrol pace victims of illicit revenue generation. Good Samaritans can easily pace unjust enforcers to return some justice to citizens.
Privacy is key to avoid selective enforcement retaliation.
Excellent idea! I've been thinking this for a while