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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,...
05-11-2011, 02:09 PM #1
DUI Checkpoint Apps Asked To Sober Up
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
05-11-2011, 02:18 PM #2
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05-11-2011, 02:53 PM #4
I personally think if a drunk person is actually smart enough to use this type of app, he/she will be more aware of their surroundings. Does it make it okay? No. Does it make it more safe for other drivers? No. But instead of a drunk driving without care and weaving in and out of traffic, at least that person will slow down and think twice if this app alerts him/her of a checkpoint.
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05-11-2011, 02:58 PM #5
I hope they don't do away with trapster!! I use it occasionally.
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05-11-2011, 03:21 PM #6DUI 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.
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05-11-2011, 03:23 PM #7
Apple's response: "We’re in the process of looking into it — we have a policy that we don’t allow apps that encourage illegal activity. If the apps intent is to encourage people to break the law, then we will pull it. I will take that back."
Source: 9to5 Mac
Interesting to see what happens.
05-11-2011, 03:32 PM #8
What drunk person would think about opening an app?
05-11-2011, 03:37 PM #9
DUI checkpoints are public information(by law) that must be posted before the checkpoint begins, so I see no reason for any Apps to be taken away. Just another way for the scumbags in DC to try and control the public.
05-11-2011, 03:41 PM #10
i dont drink and drive but would love not having to go thru dui check points..
05-11-2011, 03:47 PM #11
The people saying that a drunk person would not think to open an app and check for DUI checkpoints is assuming that the person is sloppy, belligerently drunk. How about the person who just has three or four too many beers, is definitely not good to drive but can still check the app? I have seen more crashes in my line of work (EMS) from drivers who just had a few too many than those who are just plain hammered.
And to argue the point that the checkpoints are posted by law... Who really reads the fine print in the newspaper where the notifications are printed? Not many, and they count on that.
05-11-2011, 03:53 PM #12Originally Posted by The 4th Amendment
It's pretty clear.
05-11-2011, 03:56 PM #13
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05-11-2011, 04:37 PM #15
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05-11-2011, 04:50 PM #16
Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving
[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kH47izXep-0]YouTube - Buzzed Driving - Hospital[/ame]
I suggest you brush up on the facts. Oh, and if you are out there driving buzzed, please warn us so we can stay FAR away from you.
05-11-2011, 04:53 PM #17
Thank you for the after school propaganda. Get a clue loser.
05-11-2011, 05:13 PM #18
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05-11-2011, 05:17 PM #19CBS News has reported that five of eight breathalyzer machines in use in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania had calibration problems. Approximately 1100 DUI cases are implicated.
05-11-2011, 05:29 PM #20
Typical government nonsense, trying to control everything. I'm pretty sure very few drunk people use these apps, if any. If there were apps showing how to make meth, that would be a issue.