Senators Want Apple To Remove Police Checkpoint Apps

Posted Mar 23, 2011

U.S. Senators Harry Reid, Charies E. Schumer, Frank Lautenberg, and Tom Udall wants Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) to remove applications from the App Store that highlight where police have set up enforcement checkpoints in an effort to combat drunk driving.

“With more than 10,000 Americans dying in drunk-driving crashes every year, providing access to iPhone and iPad applications that alert users to DUI checkpoints is harmful to public safety,” wrote the group of Senators. “We know that your company shares our desire to end the scourge of drunk driving and we therefore would ask you to remove these applications from your store.” Some of the apps that provide that service include Tipsy and Fuzz Alert Pro. There are also other crowdsourcing apps that encourage people to share where police are hiding.