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  • US Lawmakers Pressure Apple to Pull DUI Checkpoints App


    On Wednesday, four prominent US Senators: Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), and Tom Udall (D-N.M.) joined forces to send a letter expressing "grave concern" to Apple. The four lawmakers are astonished that Apple would continue to permit the downloading of applications designed to notify motorists of where police commonly patrol in search of drunk drivers.

    As it turns out, these DUI checkpoint apps are quite popular, and a wide variety are currently available. One application the letter explicitly points to contains a database of DUI checkpoints that is updated in real-time. Another application, with more than 10 million users, let's users alert each other to DUI checkpoints in real time. Naturally, the four senators addressed how these apps make it difficult for police to protect innocent people from drunk drivers.

    "With more than 10,000 Americans dying in drunk-driving crashes every year, providing access to iPhone and iPad applications that alert users to DUI checkpoints is harmful to public safety," the letter states. "We know that your company shares our desire to end the scourge of drunk driving and we therefore would ask you to remove these applications from your store."

    The same letter was also sent to Google and Research in Motion.

    Fewer than 24 hours after the letter was sent, RIM effectively pulled all DUI checkpoint apps for BlackBerry users. The move drew immediate praise from lawmakers. Still, Apple is yet to offer public comment on the matter. Same goes for Google chief Eric Schmidt. Of course, both Apple and Google are no strangers to taking heat in response to controversial apps gaining access to their respective app stores. And neither is famous for reacting quickly to such protests.

    Source: ABC News
    This article was originally published in forum thread: US Lawmakers Pressure Apple to Pull DUI Checkpoints App started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 71 Comments
    1. bluesummer's Avatar
      bluesummer -
      so Trapster is the app?
    1. sammo123's Avatar
      sammo123 -
      Apple should not pull these apps. It gives the government more power than they deserve. I for one think its our right to own this app just as its our right to use radar detectors
    1. c0dy's Avatar
      c0dy -
      Don't drink and drive, kiddos.
    1. redzombi2k's Avatar
      redzombi2k -
      Sure, yea if they don't like it then to hell with free speech I guess
    1. Doran's Avatar
      Doran -
      I don't believe anyone condones drunk driving. Pulling these apps won't stop people from finding out where and when a DUI checkpoint will be set up. If a friend is driving around and sees one while on the way to a party, I am sure he/she will tell everyone not to go that way..... You don't really need an app for that......
    1. Be Expressive's Avatar
      Be Expressive -
      If your drunk you probably cant use your iDevice anyways
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Will apps that tell you where speed cameras are installed be next to go?
    1. therockk's Avatar
      therockk -
      SWEEEEEEEEEEET! Not that i drink and drive but now because of the news i know about this app! and i have just downloaded it on my iPhone 4, iPad 2, and all other iOS device :-D
    1. iKillYou's Avatar
      iKillYou -
      I don't drink and drive however maybe I would want to use the app so that I can AVOID having to be bothered with a DUI checkpoint. If they pull them from the CrapStore we will still have them available to Jailbreakers anyways so whatever!
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      There's too much censorship happening on iOS. Even though the apps are generally frowned upon, they still should stay.
    1. glassJAw's Avatar
      glassJAw -
      It seems like I get a mass text sent to me every Friday and Saturday night about check points here in town. Should we get rid of text messages as well?
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Whoever made the App, just make it a web app.
    1. Norb's Avatar
      Norb -
      Seriously guys we need more money so please pull this app... /s

      Just curious but besides DUI's, don't DUI checkpoints get you for anything you might be violating? Like no insurance, invalid license, expired registration and so on? I kinda doubt that DUI checkpoints are there only for drunks drivers.

      Anyone have any experience with this?
    1. that_girl's Avatar
      that_girl -
      Dang. It wouldn't be so bad to me if those type of apps were just helpful for speeders (come on, everyone has gone over the speed limit, don't lie), but to help drunk drivers is very wrong.
    1. iKillYou's Avatar
      iKillYou -
      Quote Originally Posted by Norb View Post
      Seriously guys we need more money so please pull this app... /s

      Just curious but besides DUI's, don't DUI checkpoints get you for anything you might be violating? Like no insurance, invalid license, expired registration and so on? I kinda doubt that DUI checkpoints are there only for drunks drivers.

      Anyone have any experience with this?
      EXACTLY! They treat it just like a regular stop and ask you for your license, insurance, and registration. Like I said above I don't drink and drive but I would use the app just to AVOID the bullcrap. Why should I have to be hassled if I'm not drinking and driving?
    1. TheJailbreakGenius's Avatar
      TheJailbreakGenius -
      Sorry, can't delete posts
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Norb View Post
      Seriously guys we need more money so please pull this app... /s

      Just curious but besides DUI's, don't DUI checkpoints get you for anything you might be violating? Like no insurance, invalid license, expired registration and so on? I kinda doubt that DUI checkpoints are there only for drunks drivers.

      Anyone have any experience with this?
      Well with any sort of police checkpoint they can also check your tax, insurance etc. They're not specifically for DUI.
      They're not gonna say "off you go sir, you're sober, but your insurance is up and your license is invalid but this is for DUI's only"
    1. Jastra's Avatar
      Jastra -
      Quote Originally Posted by Be Expressive View Post
      If your drunk you probably cant use your iDevice anyways
      I'm drunk all the time while using mine.....
    1. PhantomPhoenix's Avatar
      PhantomPhoenix -
      Police checkpoints are immoral and intrusive. HANDS OFF OUR CARS, I-DEVICES, BOOZE, AND MONEY! As though the statists don't get enough of our hard-earned money through taxation, they need to dream up these "where are your papers?" schemes to keep extorting us for more and more for crimes that we didn't commit.
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by PhantomPhoenix View Post
      Police checkpoints are immoral and intrusive. HANDS OFF OUR CARS, I-DEVICES, BOOZE, AND MONEY! As though the statists don't get enough of our hard-earned money through taxation, they need to dream up these "where are your papers?" schemes to keep extorting us for more and more for crimes that we didn't commit.
      Would you rather there be no checkpoints and allow people to drive drunk, not pay insurance, motor tax, speed lightning fast etc?

      And then when you get hit by a speeding drunk driver you'll be complaining that someone should have done something to prevent that...