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'I'm getting pulled over' iPhone shortcut records interaction with police

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Posted at 6:08 AM, Jun 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-17 07:12:29-04

A Reddit user created an iPhone shortcut called, "I'm getting pulled over" that will record your interaction with law enforcement.

Robert Peterson created the shortcut in 2018, and it has been updated since. Peterson shared the current version on his Twitter page as the shortcut has regained traction online.

The shortcut will:

  • Pause music that may be playing
  • Turn down your brightness and volume
  • Turn on Do Not Disturb
  • Sends a message to a contact you choose with your current location and lets them know you're being pulled over
  • Opens your front-facing camera and starts recording
  • When the recording is stopped, it sends a copy to a contact you choose

Peterson said on Reddit it works best with a phone mounted on a dashboard.

To download the shortcut:

  • Download the "Shortcuts" app
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  • Run another shortcut in the app, click "Gallery" to see the other options (this step is necessary to allow you to run an untrusted shortcut)
  • Go to "Shortcuts" in settings and turn on "Allow Untrusted Shortcuts"
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To activate the shortcut, say "Hey Siri, I'm getting pulled over."

According to Peterson, there is not currently an Android version of the shortcut.

If you have issues running the shortcut, click here for help.