Saudi drivers download Trapster to defeat Saher

Mobile sellers charge large amounts to download the free app onto user’s phones

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Saudi drivers download Trapster to defeat Saher Many young people in Saudi Arabia are downloading a free app that tracks speed cameras, called Trapster, it warns users when they are about to pass a camera.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  February 6, 2011

Drivers in Saudi Arabia now have a crafty way of getting round being nabbed by the Saher speed cameras, which were erected last year as long as they own a smartphone or tablet device, according to Arab News.

The Trapster downloadable app alerts drivers when there is a speed camera ahead and lets users know how many Trapster users have been flashed by a camera for speeding or running red lights at certain intersections. The device uses GPA and internet data from a users phone to pin point the location of the traffic cameras.

Mobile phone sellers are capitalising on the trend and offering to download the free app onto customers phones for anywhere between $26 and $133. Mobile phone sellers say many of their customers do not know how to download apps or use the apps stores.

Young Saudi student, Abdulaziz Al-Otaibi, said the application is useful in avoiding Saher fines. Downloading the application cost him $133.

"My aim is to defeat Saher regardless of the amount of money that mobile shops ask for. We feel like mice in the Saher trap," said Al-Otaibi.

According to mobile phone sellers in the region, Trapster has also increased sales of smartphones in the region as young people swap their old phones for ones that can support the app.

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