TrapTap Is A Fully-Legal Speed Trap Indicator


There’s no shortage of devices that you can use to anticipate speed traps while driving.  The TrapTap, however, does things differently. Instead of relying on sensors, it takes its information from a constantly-updated database and alerts you whenever you’re on the way to one.

Armed with multi-color LEDs, the device will light up in one of three colors, depending on what kind of speed trap you’re about to come up on.  It shines red when you’re approaching red light cameras and school zones, blue when coming across known radar traps, and green when you’re about to hit a speed zone, so you can immediately adjust your driving, hopefully sparing you from getting another ticket.


The TrapTap is a small device with an appearance similar to a hockey puck, with light-up areas on top and along the sides.  It comes with adhesive backing, so you can mount it on any flat surface of your car where it will be easily visible to ensure you never miss a single alert.  The device uses Bluetooth to pair with an accompanying app, which comes with a built-in database of known speed cameras, radar traps, and speed zones in over 60 countries, with a single removable coin cell battery inside able to run it for up to two years (just swap in a fresh one after that).

Keeping the database updated, however, relies on a crowdsourcing strategy, which asks TrapTap owners to double-tap on the device’s single button whenever they come across a speed trap.  And, yes, it’s 100 percent legal, so you don’t have to worry about running into even more trouble with the darn thing stuck to your dash.

A Kickstarter campaign is currently running for the TrapTap. Pledges to reserve a unit start at $109.


One Response

  1. Pete

    In the State of Virginia radar detectors are illegal for consumers to have in their vehicle, and the police will confiscate it on the spot. You even have a brand new radar detector in an unsealed box, never opened much less installed, and the police will still confiscate it. I am glad that the TrapTap is fully legal, but how long until States such as Virginia begin to pass legislation to make the TrapTap illegal?

    I like the crowdsourced part of sharing speed traps. If you come across a speed trap you just double click the button and it can help keep other people from getting speeding tickets. I don’t see why police would want to outlaw this, except that they want to preserve their revenue sources from giving tickets. This seems like it would make for safer driving from every ody that had one of these installed in their car. Many times school zone signs can be obstructed by a tree, so this would notify you to slow down for an approaching school zone, even if you did not see the sign.

    My only criticism of the TrapTap: What if someone is color blind? That would make using this practically impossible for them. Is there a workaround for this?


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