Apple halts DUI checkpoint-dodging apps

June 9, 2011

Tech-savy consumers can no longer use the iPhone or other mobile devices from Apple to figure out the location of breath-analyzer wielding traffic cops.

Apple, after much pressure from Washington, has decided to ban future apps that have information on DUI checkpoints not published by law enforcement agencies, or those that “encourage and enable drunk driving”.

A few senators, including Harry Reid and Charles Schumer, had sent a letter to smartphone makers — including Apple, Google and Research in Motion — asking them to ban apps that help consumers discover where cops were conducting checks for driving under the influence of alcohol.

RIM immediately complied but Apple and Google were more reluctant to yield.

Now the senators want Apple to remove all applications that allow unsafe drivers to evade police checkpoints.

“Apple has done the right thing in barring new DUI applications, but this victory will remain only half-won until the existing apps are removed from the store,” Schumer said in a statement.

Let’s see if Apple will yield again.

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