GeoCheating – February 9, 2021

“Uh-oh.”

“What?”

“There’s a cop behind you.”

“Okay, I’ll slow down.”

“Big uh-oh.”

“What?”

“He just flipped his lights on.  You’re busted.”

“Good morning, Officer. Ma’am.”

“Good morning, sir.  I’d like to see your license and registration, please.”

“Certainly. Is there a problem?”

“You know how fast you were going?”

“Not sure, but I can find out.”

“Posted limit here is forty…  What do you mean ‘find out?’”

“I have the new ‘DriveSmart’ application on my phone.  Tracks my speed at all times.”

“Unh. Never heard of it.”

“Technology, officer.  Insurance companies are demanding it.  Reduced rates.  Safe driver.  All that.”

“Can you show me?”

“Sure.  Here.  Look. I’ll call up the app.  Flip left to history. Ten second intervals.  It’s 10:02 now.  There’s my speed, calculated by geolocation from 9:50 to 10:02, oops, 10:03 now.  Still zero since you pulled me over.  But highest recently, looking back, forty-one miles per.  Wanna go back further?”

“Never seen such a thing.  This been to court?”

“I dunno.  Not me. Not yet.  You gonna write a ticket?”

“Well, unh, I mean my radar says…”

“Your device against mine, officer.”

“Listen.  I’ll have to check this out.  Meanwhile, you be sure to watch your speed.”

“Yes’m.”

“Have a nice day.  Stay safe.”

“You too, Officer.”

“That for real?”

“Yup.”

“But it’s broke.”

“Nope.”

“You were doing fifty.”

“Little over, actually.”

“Well anyway, it was slick.  This time, anyway.”

“Slick part is, it noodges the real reading down to just under what’s posted.”

“It cheats?”

“It does.”

“That’s hardly legal.”

“Yeah, but it worked this time.”

“The app’s gonna come off the market when John Q and the cops find out it cheats. It’ll be publicly de-certified, discredited, anyway.”

“This one’s different.”

“How’s that?”

“Not commercial. Yet.  I wrote this app.”

© SP Wilcenski 2021

Stay tuned for a follow-up, in the works.

Published by spwilcen

Retired career IT software engineer, or as we were called in the old days, programmer, it's time to empty my file cabinet of all the "creative" writing accumulated over the years - toss most of it, salvage and publish what is worthwhile.

7 thoughts on “GeoCheating – February 9, 2021

    1. Um. Not me! Liar, liar. Obviously I did think of cheating (in precisely this way) or this post wouldn’t be. Thanks for looking in. Get out there and make it a great day.

    1. Not me. (Denial for me this morning is a thing, it seems.) I suggested to my keyboard a protagonist, gave him a pansy-wansy sidekick, and let him try it out. In process, a follow-on, more the speculative (woo-oo-oo-oo (synthesizer) effect) sci-fi thing in the offing. Do I have the sci-fi crust to pull it off?) I brought to the table only (now dated) IT and policing experience. Gasp! In the past I have done that – trusted my bits and bytes. He who lives by the… Thankee for poking at me this morning. Have a great afternoon, Sir Bumper. Do great things!

    1. This flies in the face of what I believe. Traffic is a thankless assignment. No radar, vascar, laser, nothing when I started. Still, when I wrote, it was righteous. If Sally and John Suit feel the laws are for everyone but them, we should perhaps get rid of the law as everyone considers themselves Sally or John Suit. There is no “cheat.” Sooner or later, it will catch up to you. I recall more than one habitual speeder and otherwise reckless driver who I subsequently peeled off a tree and bagged before telling ma and pa the news. Some though are still out there endangering the lives of innocents. You, I am sure, know better and remark tongue in cheek.

      1. Absolutely tongue in cheek because I do take speeding and reckless driving very seriously and while I never worked traffic I would still, as an investigative unit, pull speeders over and went to court if subpoenaed and DUI’s? No forgiveness at all!

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