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Apple Will No Longer Allow Drunk-Driving Apps

June 13, 2011

Apple has agreed not to allow any new iPhone applications in the App Store that identify drunk-driving checkpoints maintained by police officers.

Senators Harry Reid, Charles Chumer, Frank Lautenberg and Tom Udall urged smartphone makers to ban applications that help intoxicated drivers avoid police.

Research in Motion immediately complied with the request, but Apple and Google initially refused.

However, Apple has since changed its App Store guidelines in order to ban future applications that contain information on drunk-driving checkpoints.

The senators praised Apple’s move but expressed disappointment that the company initially declined to remove existing applications from its store.

“I commend Apple Inc for taking this important first step towards making our roads and neighborhoods safer from drunk drivers,” Reid said. “However, I strongly encourage Apple to take the next responsible step of removing all applications that allow unsafe drivers to evade police checkpoints.”

PhantomAlert, a smartphone application driven towards the goal of helping people avoid police checkpoints, advertises on its website:  “Tired of traffic tickets? The embarrassment, the time, the points, the frustration, the money?”

“You will be alerted as you approach: Railroad Crossings, Dangerous Intersections, Dangerous Curves, Speed Bumps, Speed Traps, Speed Cameras, Red Light Cameras, School Zones, DUI Checkpoints.”

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