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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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  • Mike commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    A 1/2 mile alert for police ahead is utterly useless. Either allow it to be extended to over a mile, or automatically extend it a similar distance, by average speed. Also, an alert for police reported on the other side of a divided highway would be nice, too.

  • Camou893 commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    If you think about changing, please make it user adjustable. Those big distances (i read 5280 feet) may be right for the US but they are surely not for many other countries.

  • Nick Warren commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I'd also like to hear a distinct audio alert with the police warning, as well as "object in road".

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    My memory says that when I started using Waze, the alert distance was longer. I agree this should be user customizable for both police and other hazards, and making it speed dependent, or longer on freeways, would be a nice feature as well.

    To the poster who said "Stop speeding and putting people's lives in danger" - you do realize that it's safer to drive with the flow of traffic than to be a rock in a stream correct? And when was the last time you were on a freeway in the US where the vast majority of road users *weren't* speeding?

  • Spike commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    As most have said here, we need to know about police well in advance and the distance at which we get a warning should be adjustable out to at least a mile. The location for all reports should be logged at the first touch and not at the finish of the reporting process; I'm not sure that it is.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I would like to see at least a mile out. As others have said, 0.5 mi is not nearly enough.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    While 1/2 a mile was an improvement, is is still not enough time on the highway as you are likely in the kill zone already.

    I would love to be able to customize the alert distance, as well as choose which alerts show pop ups and which alerts play audio notifications.

  • Chris commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Agreed, too short. Also it is not always clearly recognized from the phone speaker. Maybe an alert tone then identify?

  • CJ commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Minimum alert distance on highway should be 1mi for police warning. Anything less does not give you enough warning, whether it be for speed enforcement or giving you the heads up to the people who jam on there breaks when the see a cop. At best 1/2mi for slower speeds when not on highways and 1mi at higher speeds on highways.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    An under 1000 ft warning for police ahead… good. By the time you're aware of the alert your on top of the officer and well within range of his/her traffic radar or, laser. It is far safer to be alerted well in advance so that you can monitor your speed and not have a "panicked" reaction. Jamming on the brakes is no good for anyone. Please make the alert distance at least a mile.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Anything under a 2500 ft. warning for police ahead is has questionable value. About 600 ft, where it is now is completely useless. Most radar encounters and almost all laser encounters are over that distance. Why was the alert distance reduced? Frustrating and useless! Please allow the user to custom taylor the alert distance. If not willing to do that, the standard warning for police ahead should be at least 5280ft…a mile.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Actually, most police radar units obtain a speed reading at less than 1 mile. I run with a quality radar detector at all times, in addition to using Waze. Having at least a 1 mile Waze alert for "Police Spotted" should be more than adequate in order to reduce one's speed and avoid unnecessary tickets. Please add this feature to Waze.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    When I report a police officer it takes a few clicks and before I can click send I could be a half a. mile away or more. To increase the accuracy when I click on the police officer, Waze should mark the map at that time. This goes for other reports. I find that road hazards are often not accurate.

  • Sage commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I would also like to see an adjustable reporting distance for _all_ hazards. Alternatively, send a reminder notification when the hazard or police location is very close. Presently, I may be notified over a mile away of a road hazard and completely forget about it by the time I've arrived at its location.

  • not device's person commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    also allow one to set a report delay handicap

    if one's report typically shows 15 seconds (of traveling speed) after location waze should adjust where report peg is set (back in route that distance)

    it's a bummer to be notified about officer ahead AFTER passing officer

  • not device's person commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    provide existing report radius feature for police reporting distance

    (advanced settings area, or enabling a waze expert mode to show many more options to avoid confusing sheeple)

  • Craig C Chen commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I think it already does that. i know I have been warned about 1000 feet or more coming to it. At least that's what it does on my Android.

  • Sean commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Alternate suggestion: Stop speeding and putting people's lives in danger.

    Just a wacky idea.

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