A NEW app boasts that it can turn any smartphone into a speed camera and make it harder for drivers to get away with traffic violations.

Speedcam Anywhere allows users to record videos of vehicles as they drive past, before uploading them to a site that determines the approximate speed at which they were moving.

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Rapid battery drain is a sign that your phone is being monitoredCredit: Getty

The developers claim that the app is accurate within two percent in “pro” mode or 10 percent in “basic” mode, the Express reports.

Images can even be submitted to the police, who can decide whether or not to issue a citation.

The app can not only estimate a vehicle’s speed, but also its position, in addition to identifying hotspots for speeding.

Recordings made with the app are saved as links, which are automatically emailed to the user.

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Already launched in the UK, the app has not yet been approved by any law enforcement agencies, and it is debatable whether the images would be admissible in court.

What the developers say

The app’s developers said communication between law enforcement and the public will make the streets safer and encourage people to drive more responsibly.

“The app is not critically dependent on the approach or departure angle of the vehicle as long as the license plate and side can be seen in the captured video,” developer Sam Bailey told Local Transport. Today.

“Only a two-second clip of the passing vehicle is needed.”

What Law Enforcement Says

Law enforcement officials agree that the app could have a deterrent effect on dangerous driving habits.

Lincolnshire Police Detective Chief Superintendent Andy Cox told Local Transport Today an average of five people die a day in road accidents in the UK.

“This devastation is preventable and we need to develop innovative methods to eradicate the road hazard,” Cox said.

“One such method is the use of dashcam and headcam technology by the public to capture dangerous and reckless driving and report it to the police.”

“The police may not be everywhere all the time, but the public can be and as word of this capability spreads it is likely to have a deterrent effect on misconduct.”

When will Speedcam Anywhere launch in the US?

Depending on the application websiteSpeedcam Anywhere is “under evaluation for US launch”.

Currently the app works across the UK and is not yet available for download outside the country.

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