Apple will ban DUI checkpoint apps from the App Store

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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27 Comments

1. stigtoo

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 21, 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

20. Fanboys Suck

Posts: 609; Member since: Dec 12, 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...

33. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 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..

2. GALAXY-S

Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

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

10. AppleFanboy

Posts: 142; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

lmao youre a douche dude

3. aztaxia12295

Posts: 272; Member since: Nov 22, 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)

5. ATTCallCenter unregistered

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

6. aztaxia12295

Posts: 272; Member since: Nov 22, 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.

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

8. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

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

21. Fanboys Suck

Posts: 609; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

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

11. AppleFanboy

Posts: 142; Member since: Jun 07, 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

19. BILLIFFER

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 08, 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.

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...

7. cheetah2k

Posts: 2146; Member since: Jan 16, 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!!

9. wow unregistered

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

13. mr. droid

Posts: 278; Member since: Aug 21, 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.

15. Bristecom

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 08, 2011

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

16. GALAXY-S

Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 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!!

18. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

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

22. Fanboys Suck

Posts: 609; Member since: Dec 12, 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.

14. Bristecom

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 08, 2011

Apple = Big Corporation + Big Government = Control

23. paulyyd

Posts: 340; Member since: Jan 08, 2011

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

24. Daver412 unregistered

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

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!)

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.

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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