Increase police warning distance
Waze users are warned of speed traps or police presence only about 600 feet ahead of time. This is far too late of a warning. With a clear line of sight, law enforcement can detect speeders at 1-2 miles out.
By the time the Waze warning pops up, you could have already been detected.
This feature – while very well intentioned and thought out – is useless with so little warning.
What we are aiming to do here is speed based alerters.
Filip Baverstock commented
I used to get warnings from 0.5miles away for Cameras and Police back in the days when Cameras were a user Pin. It's been ever so annoying recently as this has changed and I agree there isn't enough warning. And it should NOT warn you only when you are speeding. Wish there was a way to revert to old Waze versions.
Shadyn Ebey commented
Alerts pop up for me as soon as they're reported, and I get an audio warning at least a half mile out.
Jenn's Art Corner commented
You're not supposed to speed! They should remove the Police Ahead warning period. Let the police do their job.
And add the toll barrier distance. Police are sooooo often within the 10km of the toll barrier
If you can't see the speed trap you're probably going too fast. You should drive to your own limits not the vehicles limits.
As others said: Allow it to be user defined, and give the user the ability to set a variable tracking feature related to the speed at which s/he is travelling.
Would be awesome to be able to set the police reported ahead distance 👍
Mike L commented
Please increase the distance to at least a mile - also the icon needs to be more visible, the blue police icon is on a blue road - please deconflict the colours.
tech labs commented
Ed Dougherty, Philadelphia commented
I'm on the side of life, safety, continued good health, at all times, but Lee Sprague offers a cogent Big Picture argument that doesn't compromise any of those wishes while making the case for slightly better warnings here. The core of his argument is to curb screen time, AND to adapt to real world road conditions. The safest speeds? Always. But realism about today's road conditions, and perhaps all the moreso in a COVID context, where there are a lot of open roads out there. Upvoting Lee's point.
Lee Sprague commented
I don't want to zoom out and have to watch my screen. That's less safe than speeding. Alerts also include other important things, like debris on road, potholes, cars on shoulder. So making the distance alert customizable helps keep our eyes on the road and more alert earlier to be able to react. It's a simple request and feature. Anyone latched onto this being a speeding issue by telling commenters here to slow down and that asking for this is unnecessary isn't grasping the big picture. Please let us set alerts for farther distances (1 mile, 2 miles...)
Rohn DeSilva commented
If you are using Waze to avoid speeding tickets, forget it. Most experienced driver use Waze and good radar detector in tandem, Even this might not help if you come across officer using Instant On. So pay attention.
But I would prefer warning to be a little louder.
Jason Merrell commented
Yes please, many valleys can easily be over a half-mile wide, and you can get LIDARed easily from that range. Give us time to slow down, please.
Carrie Sue Ransome commented
If you put so much attention in avoiding a ticket, why can't we get more attention that could save a life. Please add the Slow Down and Move Over!!!
I get Police alerts generally at the Half Mile range (2600 feet) just like I do for all other alerts.
When will this be available?
Bright in here commented
Waze currently ignores changes to the configuration files [on android]
I most certainly agree!! Longer range required.
I agree. This setting should have a default, allow it to be user defined, and give the user the ability to set a variable tracking feature related to the speed at which s/he is travelling. Excellent suggestion.
Try just following the laws of the road and you won't have to worry about this.