Blackberry to Remove Drunk Driver Assistance Applications in Response to Senate Letter

Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Tom Udall (D-NM) have announced today “that, in response to their request, Research In Motion (RIM), manufacturer of Blackberry smartphones, will remove from their online store applications that help drunk drivers evade police,” according to a joint press release.

Yesterday the senators sent a letter to smartphone companies, including RIM, asking them to remove the dangerous applications or alter them to remove the DUI/DWI checkpoint functionality.

The applications pinpoint police enforcement zones through user-submitted information that connects to GPS data, providing drivers with the ability to evade DUI checkpoints, speed traps, and red light cameras.

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