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Apple will ban DUI checkpoint apps from the App Store

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Apple will ban DUI checkpoint apps from the App Store
Back in March, U.S. senators Chuck Schumer, Frank Lautenberg, Harry Reid, and Tom Udall urged mobile OS makers to remove apps that share DUI checkpoint locations. They claimed that such apps, like Trapster and PhantomALERT, put "innocent families and children at risk".

And with the announcement of iOS 5, Apple has changed their App Store guidelines to ban such apps. Section 22.8 of the revised guidelines states that "Apps which contain DUI checkpoints that are not published by law enforcement agencies, or encourage and enable drunk driving, will be rejected".

Apple's ban follows RIM, who removed said apps from the App World months ago. There is no word on whether Google will comply with the measure. But given their lax restrictions, we doubt they will institute the ban unless there is more formal pressure.

Jalopnik points out that, as such apps rely on crowdsourcing, drunk drivers could indicate such DUI checkpoints by other, less explicit means. Regardless of whether you think that such apps really 'encourage' drunk driving, Apple and RIM are making the right move. If someone lost a loved one to a driver using such an app, the courts could deem Apple/Google/RIM liable.

source: Apple via Jalopnik

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posted on 08 Jun 2011, 16:46 4

1. stigtoo (Posts: 4; Member since: 21 Mar 2011)


Though I do enjoy beers, I do not drive drunk. That said, If I ever was drunk, the last thing I would think to do is whip out my smartphone to use an App, hoping to avoid getting pulled over.

When drunk, instead of driving, use your phone to call a cab.

Ok, gotta go now, I have friends waiting for me at the bar:P

posted on 08 Jun 2011, 21:02 3

20. Fanboys Suck (Posts: 609; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


Agreed... who really is using the DUI Checkpoint? Uh, maybe some people do. I hate drunk drivers with a passion, and I do see the pros and cons here.

However, really? Banning this from the app store? Apple, you never fail to amaze me...

posted on 12 Jun 2011, 12:30

33. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


okay so u just said it was a bad thing to have this and then criticize apple for removing it... god u r just never satisfied huh..

posted on 08 Jun 2011, 16:47 2

2. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


Oh wow i guess the APP store is not perfect hhmm..

posted on 08 Jun 2011, 17:47 2

10. AppleFanboy (Posts: 142; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


lmao youre a douche dude

posted on 08 Jun 2011, 16:48 5

3. aztaxia12295 (Posts: 265; Member since: 22 Nov 2009)


ive said it once and ill say it again, there should be breathalyzers in each car to turn the car on. if anyone has a bac of over .02, the car can't start, simple. case closed.

(waiting for this to happen)

posted on 08 Jun 2011, 16:53 1

5. ATTCallCenter (unregistered)


Maybe a breathalyzer 3.5mm accessory to throw on your phone, see if your good to go or not

posted on 08 Jun 2011, 17:04

6. aztaxia12295 (Posts: 265; Member since: 22 Nov 2009)


true, but if your drunk, is that the thing to go to? if u end up using it, or disregarding it, your bound to drive because everyone lacks judgment when they are drunk. so the best thing to do is put breathalyzers in everyones car, so even with their lack of judgment, you wont be able to drive.

posted on 09 Jun 2011, 10:28

30. ATTCallCenter (unregistered)


That's true, but knowing would probably help people a lot more. I know a lot of people in my state that actually get DWI's with lower than the legal limit. .06-.08 and they go to jail. Probably should of blew the cop and not the breathalyzer HAHA

posted on 08 Jun 2011, 17:16

8. tigermcm (Posts: 712; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)


I agree to an extent......it wont work because there will be these "friends" that would blow in it for you instead

posted on 08 Jun 2011, 21:04

21. Fanboys Suck (Posts: 609; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


Uh, what true friends they would be to let you drive drunk... and wouldn't they just drive for you? Like a DD?

posted on 08 Jun 2011, 17:49

11. AppleFanboy (Posts: 142; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


I'll agree but also you cant set it tha low, simple things such as a mouthwash could put you over, IMO, this is a good thing, taking the apps down, theyre assisting drunk drivers which is pretty bad...of course if our law departments werent so bad as well, we wouldnt resort to things like this

posted on 08 Jun 2011, 21:00

19. BILLIFFER (Posts: 2; Member since: 08 Jun 2011)


I completely agree. It should also have integrated technology that notifies the authorities of any attempts that result in a recorded BAC of above that. It would be an extension of the photo enforcement cameras - they could mail your notice to appear in court for DUI, and automatically disable your vehicle for a mandatory 30 suspension. Perhaps they could further deter the intoxicated from driving by adding in a feature that would notify landlords and employers of this information as well.

posted on 08 Jun 2011, 16:50 3

4. ATTCallCenter (unregistered)


There is no app to help you drive better and avoid getting pulled over by the cop behind you. To avoid a checkpoint is also convenient if not drinking at all. A half hour wait to get through a light is ridiculous. Been through 1 checkpoint, talked with the cop for about 30 seconds and was let through, the other 29 minutes and 30 seconds, waiting...

posted on 08 Jun 2011, 17:11 6

7. cheetah2k (Posts: 804; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


First there was no p0rn....

and now

There's no DUI checkpoints...

Whats next?

Tomtom has fixed speed cam alerts here in Aus. Will they remove those too??

Apple get a fucking life!!

posted on 08 Jun 2011, 17:38 3

9. wow (unregistered)


wow you guys come up with points to complain about anything and everything

posted on 08 Jun 2011, 18:33 2

13. mr. droid (Posts: 278; Member since: 21 Aug 2010)


I am finishing up school for law enforcement, and i can tell you this, first of all, drunk driving should a felony. plain and simple. even a first offence should carry a mandatory sentence. second, the law enforcement agencies could have used these market places to their advantage. put places where they are NOT at, and get the drunk drivers to funnel to in actuality where they IS a DUI checkpoint and they could catch a bunch more drivers who are DUI. i know people would have caught on after awhile, but thats ok.

also, while off the beaten path, even bluetooth should be illegal to use in a car while driving, even when sober. there is NO rhyme, reason, or excuse to even have your hand on your phone what so ever while behind the wheel.

and for the record, many states dont allow law enforcement to do DUI checkpoints. mine is one of them, so police around here are watching things much more closely. you swerve.. you will probably be sitting on the side of the road with some bright red and blue lights shining and flashing behind you.

posted on 08 Jun 2011, 18:39 3

15. Bristecom (Posts: 2; Member since: 08 Jun 2011)


You sound pretty hardcore. You'll make a great stormtrooper for the NWO. :)

posted on 08 Jun 2011, 18:50 2

16. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


I agree with all of the DUI punishments, but the whole cant even use bluetooth or even hold the phone in your hand??? no, that sover doing it already... that would mean cops should not be looking at there computers they carry in they vehicles neither right??? law should apply to ALL!!

posted on 08 Jun 2011, 20:43 1

18. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Sounds like a douche cop in the making. I'm guessing you got beat up a lot in school.

posted on 08 Jun 2011, 21:09 1

22. Fanboys Suck (Posts: 609; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


I agree with Mandatory punishment and being a felony. However, I do not believe DUI Checkpoints are constitutional (this coming from someone who does not drink at all).

What the hell kind of Gov't checks on the citizens without probable cause? DUI Checkpoints are being challenged in courts all around the nation... it'll be interesting to see what happens.

posted on 08 Jun 2011, 18:35

14. Bristecom (Posts: 2; Member since: 08 Jun 2011)


Apple = Big Corporation + Big Government = Control

posted on 09 Jun 2011, 01:13

23. paulyyd (Posts: 326; Member since: 08 Jan 2011)


LOL i guess no more drinking and driving for me... NAHHH i love hitting random objects

posted on 09 Jun 2011, 02:39

24. Daver412 (unregistered)


First off why block these apps? I thought they notify about checkpoints in the newspaper anyways. Why is this news?

posted on 09 Jun 2011, 04:58

25. The_Omega_Man (unregistered)


So I guess that is really is not up to the people to determine what they can and can not do with their mobile computing equipment. There is no law about this....(yet!)

posted on 09 Jun 2011, 14:01

31. blueis300 (unregistered)


Screw all of you. Cant do a dang thing without being watched or something. What about the lawyers that get people off of known murders or even represent them. So should lawyers be banned to practice also? Stop taking my right away no matter what it may be.If you killed someone and get convicted you should die also. Save alot of money and room it all these jails where people have more luxury that people trying to make a living.

posted on 09 Jun 2011, 18:55

32. Ryan (unregistered)


These apps should be banned. Some people are idiots, and know they have had too much to drink, and will use apps like this to try and avoid a checkpoint. Breathalyzers in every vehicle, would stop some, but others would just have someone under the limit blow in to the device. In some states, once you have so many DUI arrest(s) you must have the interlock system installed in your vehicle, yet many still get additional DUI arrest.

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