Residents of Austin, Texas may soon have the power to snitch on their neighbors car with their cellphone.
A unanimous council voted on October 20 to explore the concept of allowing citizens to take pictures of parking violations and issue parking tickets with an app.
“I can’t help but think that there’s some solution that does involve the use of smartphone technology putting those powers in the hands of citizens and enabling them to help the city extend its reach to do a better job of enforcing handicapped parking restrictions,” Councilman Chris Riley said.
The system (which is available on many different kinds of smartphones) requires the person to take three photographs of the violation – one of the license plate, one of the windshield and one showing the car and the handicapped parking sign. The software then sends the photos and GPS location to the city so it can issue the $511 ticket.
“There’s really no better enforcement tool than our citizens policing themselves,” Councilman Mike Martinez said. “I think the merits of this program deserve our support.
A report on the feasibility of the program will be released within ninety days. If approved, this could be a great use of technology and another way to piss of your fellow-man.