Senators Seek Removal of Smartphone Applications that Assist Drunk Drivers

Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Tom Udall (D-NM) today “urged smartphone makers to no longer offer software applications that help drunk drivers evade police,” according to a joint press release.

They call the applications “harmful to public safety.”

In a letter to Google, Blackberry and Apple, Inc., the senators acknowledged the companies’ commitment to social responsibility and asked that the applications be removed from online stores or else altered to remove the DUI/DWI checkpoint functionality.   

“Giving drunk drivers a free tool to evade checkpoints, putting innocent families and children at risk, is a matter of public concern,” the senators said. “We hope that you will give our request to remove these applications from your store immediate consideration.”

The applications in question “help drivers identify where local police officers have set up DUI checkpoints, allowing offenders to escape detection.”

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