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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.

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      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Police radar trap warnings should be expanded further out...and if you don't like going over the speed limit then get off the highway and go on a local road...highways are meant for just that high speeds...65 is ridiculous...75-80 is the norm get used to it...slow people on the highway are more of a problem than speeders are any day...these radar traps are ridiculous...police would rather do this as an easy kill than get out of their cars and catch real criminals...Waze gives you a way to fight back against unfair expensive radar traps...congrats to Waze for doing this...!

      • Subaru commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I think the warning distance should vary based on speed if it isn't already. Increased warning distance for roads with higher speed limits and or based on speed of car... and maybe if a car is going 20+ miles over speed limit turn warning off as they should get a speeding ticket. Yeah, I said it!

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        At least on Motorways it need to be increased!!! At 130 km/h you often encounter the police after 10 seconds after you were warned - that's really unusual.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I'm a 4-year American Wazer and I tend to get police location information often miles ahead, which then switches to # of feet as I get closer. Bummer is, more often than not, Officer is already gone, whichI why I advocate a feature that allows the user to "clear" a police position alert which should take effect immediately.

      • Anon commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The best is to this to be a config for user to set according to his/her needs.

      • Robert commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I totally agree the warning distance needs to be expanded.
        Especially for HIDDEN reports.
        Waze isn't supporting speeding . . . and the police DO represent a hazard . . . obviously those making these comments have never had a police car turn on their light and pull right in front of you with NO warning!!!!

      • Anthony commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Earlier warning, or even configurable (X distance, or possibly time, 30 sec based on current speed).

      • Caltedde commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Now with the new measuring scanners, which all police vehicles have available.
        The warning with 500 meters of distance, no longer serve.
        It would be important to alert 1 km before.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        If somebody wants to ride 80 kmh on 50 kmh, he will be doing it. And he uses radar detector, not Waze. Normal people use Waze to help not to be punished for 54 kmh on 50 kmh limit.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I don't agree with this idea. The app should not be used to help people break the law. People who speed are a threat to public safety and should be caught and heavily fined IMO. If they are a repeat offender suspend their license and tow away their vehicle. Give them a choice to walk home or take a ride in the backseat of a police cruiser, where they get to enjoy a free ride to their nice new prison cell.

      • Chris commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The only problem I have with this suggestion is that we can't be sure where the report marker has been positioned.

        If it's at the point where the police are actually located then the current warning distance is definitely too low, but if it's at the point where an alert Wazer has first spotted the police off in the distance (i.e. at the point where the police will also then first be able to spot you approaching them), then the current warning distance is plenty sufficient and extending it might be counter-productive. Warning drivers too soon of a hazard is almost as bad as warning them too late - you want the warning to still be fresh in their minds as they approach the point on the road where they need to be aware of it...

        As others have pointed out here, even if we could be sure that the alert was always generated at the appropriate time/distance, the way the app currently behaves when you've got several reports in close proximity doesn't help either - so as well as the popup alert system we have now, it might be nice to have a permanently visible "distance to next report of type X" readout somewhere that we could configure based on which report type we were most interested in knowing about.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I hope that a drunk driver at 190 km / h crashes with you after having avoided a police control. Amen!!!!

        Espero que un conductor borracho y a 190 km/h se estrelle contigo después de haber evitado un control de la policía. Amen!!!!

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The condition of holding a licence is compliance with the laws of the road.

        Grow up and accept that if you speed there could be consequences, nobodys an angel, but stop whining if you choose to break the rules and think you shouldnt get caught. Everybody knows that usually the checks are for the worst offenders so eg 10% over the posted limit + 2 in the uk is a low risk, but if youre a scumbag tailgating undertaking audi doing 100 in a 60 or 70 zone you deserve to be nicked the hard way.

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