Google Maps Now Alerts Drivers to ‘Speed Traps’ — Raising Alarms Among Police

One new Google Maps option is bound to please drivers, while also causing concern for law enforcement

The new feature, now available on the iOS app, allows users to report and pin locations along their route that hinder the flow of traffic. Those can include construction zones, lane closures, objects obstructing the road, general slowdowns, crashes, broken-down vehicles and — the option receiving the most attention — “speed traps.”

A “speed trap” refers to a spot where a police officer waits out of sight of drivers coming along the roadway to catch anyone breaking the speed limit, typically using radar.