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Apple Bans DUI Checkpoint Apps

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Buzzed Banned


We never liked these apps to begin with and we're happy to hear Apple has decided to not allow any more of them!

After pressure from U.S. senators, Apple will ban the sale of any future applications that reveal the locations of DUI checkpoints not publicized by police.

The company released updated review guidelines for its online store, reading:

"Apps which contain DUI checkpoints that are not published by law enforcement agencies, or encourage and enable drunk driving, will be rejected."

While senators applaud the move, they're still not as satisfied as they'd like to be since the guideline only effects FUTURE apps.

Senator Harry Reid of Nevada said:

"I strongly encourage Apple to take the next responsible step of removing all applications that allow unsafe drivers to evade police checkpoints."

It's definitely a step in the right direction, but we feel these apps only do more harm then good by putting other drivers at risk.

Not only will drunk drivers be DRUNK, but they'll be fiddling around on their cell phones to avoid getting caught!

Do U think Apple made the right move or should they have removed all existing applications that reveal the locations of DUI checkpoints?

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6 comments to “Apple Bans DUI Checkpoint Apps”

  1. 1

    Bravo? This is terrible, terrible news.

  2. 2

    i think anybody driving while talking or texting or browsing the web on the phone should also be thrown in jail; i see a lot more of that anything…

  3. 3

    To imply that you have to be driving to check for checkpoints is absurd. This isn't a police state. It is a witch hunt. Even sober I wouldn't want to deal with a police checkpoint. This is absolutely over stepping their boundaries.

  4. 4

    Complete waste of time, services like that powered by websites not iphone apps instead of lunching banned app user can simply lunch browser and acces all the services that way anyway what some apps do is making a shortcut that points to the browser anyway so instead of using app just go to www URL address and continue using DUI checkpoint service. About DUI checkpoint not useful at all only make things worse for everyone around not just drunk drivers.

  5. 5

    i cant believe everyone here is for this app. if you know where a check point is, does it not defeat the point of having them? you guys just dont want to get breaking the law prob

  6. 6

    DUI Checkpoints, by law, must be made public. Check your California Laws people… oh, and check out the "Mr DUI" iPhone and Android app :-) It is actually a BAC Calculator to help you know when it is safe for you to drive.