New app warns motorists about 'ticket traps'
Want to find out where the 'ticket traps' are around town? There's an app for that.
The ex-police sergeant who founded SOS Ticket — the people motorists call if they want to negotiate their way out of a traffic ticket — has created an app called Woww, which lets people know when they're driving into a neighborhood where police officers are especially active.
If you have the app and are driving into one of these neighborhoods, an alarm will go off on your smartphone to notify you. The screen will also turn from green to red.
Alfredo Munoz says his map is based on the more than 52,000 tickets that SOS Ticket has helped people contest over the past 14 years.
Munoz says many of these so-called 'ticket traps' are found in places where there tends to be a higher accident risk.
"I based my reflection on saying that the places where the most tickets are emitted are the places that are the most dangerous in terms of highway security," Munoz says.
He insists, however, that the application is meant primarily to increase safety by advising motorists they're in a high-accident area, and not to alert potential scofflaws.
"My way of thinking is that if the people slow down, look around and put both hands on the wheel, they will be much less dangerous. In that way, they will not receive any tickets and they will not have any accidents."
Despite costing him $100,000 out to put together, Munoz isn't making any money out of it, and he isn't taking ads. He calls it a gift to Montrealers, though eventually, he says he'd like to get the collaboration of the SAAQ and the transport ministry to make the app better.
"I am completely broke out of it. So hopefully, somebody will help me pick up the idea and bring it to the other states, because I spent everything I had on it," Munoz says. "But you know what? I'm 52 years old, I have two kids, and I thought it was the right thing to do."
-CJAD 800's Emily Campbell contributed to this report.