NYPD tells Google that Waze makes driving in the city dangerous



Navigation and mapping app Waze asks its users to provide information on crashes, construction, speed traps and DWI checkpoints. As a result, Waze users can, in many cases, avoid getting caught driving while drunk or high. This might be good news if you regularly drive sloshed or stoned; for the rest of us, not so much.

According to WCBS, the local CBS affiliate in New York City (via Android Authority), the NYPD has sent a cease and desist letter to Waze owner Google complaining that its DWI checkpoints should not be revealed on the Waze app. In fact, the letter notes that "Individuals who post the locations of DWI checkpoints may be engaging in criminal conduct since such actions could be intentional attempts to prevent and/or impair the administration of the DWI laws and other relevant criminal and traffic laws."

Google has been moving over some features of the Waze app to its more mainstream Google Maps. Those using the latter app are now seeing alerts when they are driving near cameras tracking their speed.


The timing of the letter is strange considering that Waze has made available the location of speed traps and DWI checkpoints for years. We wonder if it is possible that NYPD brass just discovered Waze in the Google Play Store or App Store

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22 Comments

1. someguy2261

Posts: 253; Member since: Feb 12, 2016

I would tell NYPD to suck it , deal with it.

3. Carlitos

Posts: 665; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

LMAO my thoughts exactly

8. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Yeah when your loved one gets killed by a drunk driver, I will tell you the same thing

10. Leo_MC

Posts: 7272; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

That could happen with or without Waze.

12. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

True but every sh!thead they can catch with DWI checkpoints, is one less chance this happens. And if they lose their license, even better.

13. Leo_MC

Posts: 7272; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

The same info is available on the radio, the police - in my country - is obliged to make public every place they set checkpoints (with a few exceptions).

14. ZombieHunter

Posts: 265; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

Exactly, we publish ours in a press release. If you are still dumb enough to go those roads, you deserve steel bracelets. It all public record.

22. therealestmc

Posts: 679; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

I’m guessing people didn’t get killed by drunk drivers before Waze.

15. michaelny2001

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

I would agree with DWI checks to be removed, but i have a feeling NYPD will want all cop checks to be removed. that way you won't know where cops are and you'll get a speeding ticket.and if NYPD will remove it successfully, other PDs will want it too. and really, the cop icon is the best feature of waze. IMO nowadays we get live traffic from cars and we avoid traffic anyways.

16. thxultra

Posts: 451; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Less likely to happen if the officers are actually driving around instead of setting up shop looking for speeders.

2. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3101; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Drive responsibly. People are dying from car accidents more than anything else. Stay safe.

4. middlehead

Posts: 454; Member since: May 12, 2014

Warning other drivers of traps has been declared Free Speech on multiple occasions. NYPD can suck a fat one.

7. lyndon420

Posts: 6752; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Now that you mention it...my radio station of choice used to warn it's listeners of such traps - used to. I see nothing wrong with reporting where the speed traps are, but ones that are designated to find impaired drivers...we the drivers don't need that level of freedom/flexibility. Automatic speed warnings should be implemented. Google and Waze are so leading edge in sofistication now...if they would do more to alert us when we're possibly speeding...that would save lives and unnecessary strain to our wallets.

11. Leo_MC

Posts: 7272; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

There are speed limit warnings in Waze.

17. lyndon420

Posts: 6752; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Yeah I know...but I stopped using Waze a few years ago. I was thinking of something a little different actually. I'd like something where I turn on GPS but without opening Google Maps or Waze. Just a simple little speed monitoring function that works in the background that would give out a vocal alert informing us to check our speed if we happen to be speeding. I don't open a navigation app everytime I start driving somewhere, but I see something like this could be very useful.

21. middlehead

Posts: 454; Member since: May 12, 2014

If the NYPD had come out and said "Please don't report these checkpoints, it's for your own safety too" I might've agreed. But when they jump straight to "THIS MAKES YOU A CRIMINAL TOO" despite the exact opposite being declared by courts multiple times, they will be redirected right back to that fat one to suck. "We don't need that freedom" is ALWAYS the wrong answer.

6. lyndon420

Posts: 6752; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

They're already after our facial profiles, and iris scans, and fingerprints...next comes breathalyzer tests built in to our phones (which I would actually be okay with). Blow over and well geez...you can't open Waze or Google Maps. Heck...make it so most of the phone is unusable except for texts and phone calls - so they can call for a cab (for example). This does step onto the rights of free speech like middlehead mentioned, but free speech is no longer a thing anymore and quickly becoming a memory - so sad.

19. someguy2261

Posts: 253; Member since: Feb 12, 2016

You sir "is" an proper idiot.

20. droiduh

Posts: 101; Member since: Jun 04, 2015

What about Apple Maps? Just asking because I don't own a iPhone.

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