Senator Charles Schumer has asked Google, Research In Motion, and Apple to remove application that alert users to the locations of nearby DUI checkpoints. Schumer along with Senators Harry Reid, Tome Udall, and Frank R. Lautenberg sent letters to Apple and Google in March asking them to remove apps like Mr. Dui, Trapster, and DUI Dodger from the app store.
As Michael reported back in March , RIM is the only one to have removed the apps.
As a recent college graduate I've seen my fair share of poor decisions, and as a result, have had a number of friends pay the price for driving under the influence. Some were drunker than others (three times the legal limit), but they all took the chance, but none were taken down by DUI checkpoints or had an APP on their phone they checked before leaving the bar to see if the coast was clear.
Also, it is worth noting many police departments publicize the locations and dates of DUI checkpoints and speed traps.
Still, the possibility of someone using an app to skirt the law and endanger the lives of others and themselves is a rather detestable. That being said, many of the apps named by the Senators do offer more than just tips on where nearby DUI checkpoint are. Many alert drivers to speed traps, red light traffic cameras and include services to prevent drunk driving. Buzzed offers a feature that helps users find taxi's and even lets users call the cab with a single tap.
An excerpt from DUI Dodger's product description:
Fight back with DUI Dodger, the app that allows you to view and submit DUI checkpoints in your area. The idea is that knowledge is power, and people will be less inclined to drink and drive if they know that there is a checkpoint in their area, that they are drunk, and that driving drunk carries major consequences.
DUI Dodger not only allows users to see and submit DUI checkpoints, estimates their BAC level, and tests their sobriety, it also provides a number of useful and interesting facts and myths about drunk driving. This information, coupled with knowledge about a person sobriety level, will hopefully lead to increased awareness about the dangers of drunk driving.
As the judge, jury and executioner, especially in Apple's case, these companies can generally do as they please. It will be interesting to see if they let all the apps stay, stop them in their tracks, or pick and choose based on what services they actually provide.
Source: PC World, DUI Dodger