By informing users of police traps, WAZE users may also be alerting drunk drivers on ways to avoid law enforcement, which could jeopardize the safety of other drivers on the road. And though you may believe that you’re doing someone a ‘solid,’ by helping them avoid arrest, that same person you are helping, may end up hitting an innocent person, leading to injury or death.
WAZE users who are trying to send a real-time report can take their eyes off the road, which can lead to an accident. Transmitting information through WAZE requires you to text, and driving and texting are not compatible. And because WAZE is all about live reporting, there’s very little incentive for users to pull over, send the information, then get back to driving. You pretty much have to assume that everybody on WAZE is conducting some form of texting while driving, even though the app has a voice-command feature.
Track Police Officers
In February 2015, LAPD Police Chief Charlie Beck asked WAZE to consider removing its police alert feature to help protect his officers. Beck maintains that the way in which WAZE users can alert people about the whereabouts of police officers, puts their lives at risk from those seeking to do them harm. But the creators of WAZE responded by saying that there hasn’t been one confirmed case of a law enforcement officer being hunted down and killed using the app. In addition, the fact that a WAZE user reports seeing a police officer doesn’t mean that officer will camp out at that location for more than a few minutes, negating the tracking aspects of the app.