Senators Just Say no to DUI Apps
United States Senators wrote a letter to the Canadian based company, Research in Motion, requesting that their product, DUI App be removed from their store online. The app, and others like it, can report back to the user the location of police checkpoints and police vehicles. The senators made the very good point that the app endangers other citizens by allowing drunk drivers to avoid police.
One such app have ten million users, is a live database of known DUI checkpoints. Some aspects of the DUI apps that are on the market are actually incredibly useful when applied to other purposes like driving safety, but are just in bad taste when branded as a DUI app. Those services mentioned in a meeting of the Senate subcommittee for internet privacy were a taxi cab finder and red light notification system.
DUI checkpoints are often made public and often by law enforcement. No other company except Research in Motion has complied with the request made by senate.