Just when you thought your life was going to get better during those ‘party-hard’ times by using an application that will help you evade DUI check points, you are in for a spoiler alert- your senator is working really hard to simply ban it! A group of senators are not very happy with this particular application and are making it a point to get rid of it. The senators referred to these applications as “nothing but a safety hazard” since it could allow drunk drivers a chance to escape and will jeopardize public safety.
US Senators Harry Reid, Charles E. Schumer, Frank R. Lautenberg and Tom Udall all belonging to the Democratic Party wrote a letter to Apple, Google and Research In Motion. A RIM representative quickly responded by agreeing to remove the application, a decision which was appreciated by the senators.
A citation from the letter that was addressed to Apple’s Scott Forstall:
With a person dying every 50 minutes in a drunk-driving crash, this technology should not be promoted to your customers – in fact, it shouldn’t even be available. We appreciate the technology that has allowed millions of Americans to have information at their fingertips, but giving drunk drivers a free tool to evade checkpoints, putting innocent families and children at risk, is a matter of public concern. We hope that you will give our request to remove these applications from your store immediate consideration.
The senators have also mentioned one App Store application for containing a databank of updated DUI checkpoints, while another application with more than 10 million users, was regarded unacceptable because it permitted users to alert each other of DUI checkpoints. The cops are worried since this application may be used for a number of reasons other than intoxicated driving, to elude long arms of the law.
Analyzing this application’s pros and cons, we can’t deny that the cons outweigh the pros and it is a threat to the individuals and families out there.If removing this application would make the world a little safer, there is no harm in doing so.