Re: You've got to be kidding me
Hardly, Radio and phone are just not effective.
I used to commute through 5 different motorways over 62 miles to work each day and by the time someone has phoned the station and then they've confirmed it, it's been collated and made ready for their next traffic bulletin then you are in the jam.
I once reported an accident that occurred just behind me in the Dartford tunnel. Rang the radio, said there'd been an accident in the right hand tunnel and queues were going to be building up fast. 3/4 hour later it was broadcast along with the fact that there was a 5 mile queue that had built up.
Not only that Radio will only let you hear the big announcements that affect a significant amount of people.
Google maps and Waze both show real-time information based upon actual traffic speed and, with waze, real-time reports of debris, roadworks, car breakdowns, speed traps etc.
Combined with Google Now, it will analyze your calendars and let you know thta you need to leave earlier to make your meeting as the traffic has built up or redirect you on a different route as it will now be quicker to take the B road rather than the Motorway.
And if you think the first concern of the Police is ring the local and National radio stations to tell them about an incident you don't have much understanding of their priorities.
Like it or not, crowdsourced traffic data works and works well, you don't have to use it, listen to the radio if you wish. To try to extol the virtues of being a luddite on a technology site seems a little short-sighted.