FOUR US SENATORS have called on Google, Apple and RIM to remove Driving Under the Influence (DUI) checkpoint alert apps, which can be used to help possibly tipsy drivers avoid the police.
The Senators, Frank Lautenberg, Harry Reid, Charles Schumer and Tom Udall, sent a letter to the three companies asking them to remove the apps from distribution or take the DUI checkpoint feature be out of them.
They claimed that the apps are "harmful to public safety". They said the apps act as a free tool for drinking drivers to evade checkpoints, which puts peoples' lives at risk.
The apps either update in real-time to display the checkpoints or allow users to report checkpoints they have encountered. The question was raised by police in the past why anyone would use the apps, as avoiding the police suggests they must be up to no good.
The Senators have been involved in bringing in legislation relating to drunk drivers in the past. It is possible that if the three companies in question don't comply with their request they might attempt to address the problem with legislation. µ
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