Google’s Waze app has some Law Enforcement Officers around the country getting skittish, believing that the moustached cop icon on the map uncovers their location in a dangerous way leaving them vulnerable to attacks and decreasing their revenue by the public slowing down or diverting their travel to avoid them. The National Sheriff’s Association said that “it will be harder to nab speeders, and that radar guns and speed traps reduce highway deaths.” Continuing by saying “This app will hamper these activities by locating Police and puts the public at risk.” My nine year-old son grabs my phone every time we get on the road. He’ll alert us and send out alerts to others of where the road pirates are. He likes to report road debris and cars on the shoulder and has saved us some money on several occasions by letting us know where cops are sitting. This app would be even more beneficial if more and more people would use it. The extra eyes are the key to avoid upcoming traffic and road delays.
Then we have a Bedford County, Virginia Sheriff Michael Brown saying “it’s a matter of time before it will connect violent attacks on Police to this app, and that States might pass laws to prevent people from revealing the location of parked police cruisers.” A Law Professor from George Mason University Law School in Virginia says, “Holding Google liable for any future crime against Law Enforcement Officials would be a stretch.” “Because by notifying people where police are, has never been or seen as negligent or as committing any kind of intentional tort.” “The fact that someone would use misuse Waze in order to harm police is no more relevant than if someone misused a kitchen knife to stab someone.”
Social media had also been stirring up the debate as well with people supporting it by lashing out at the outspoken Sheriff’s on the irony about being watched and the comparison of how they track us as well. These complaints from Government employed Law Enforcement are a sense of fear which to us as a population is Liberty. When they have the same and even more Orwellian surveillance programs on us. Radar guns, Red light cameras, and speed traps are just some of the large arsenal that they possess.
This app not only tells users the location of the Police, but also accidents, traffic cameras, potholes, roadway congestion and more. A spokeswoman from Waze Julie Mossler commented by saying “most tend to drive more carefully when they believe Police are nearby.” Nuala O’Connor a Waze user and the Head of the Center of Democracy and Technology, a Washington Civil Liberties group said, “Waze represents a person to person information in the public square and that it’s long been a right under our Constitution.” Infringements of our rights under this same document that is supposed to protect us are in full swing by our Governments.
The Government doesn’t like a fair fight? well too bad. We need the ability to dodge these extortionists. The citizens will crave the available ammunition to defend themselves from heavy-handed authority. The pedestals they are propped upon need to be removed because after all, they work for us! Download Waze for free at the Google play store