Apple Asked to Scrap Apps That Help Users Evade DUI Checkpoints
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Now, U.S. lawmakers are challenging the company to scrap another iPhone app -- one that alerts users to nearby DUI checkpoints.
U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), and Tom Udall (D-N.M.), fired off a letter today to Scott Forstall, Apple's senior vice president of iPhone software, asking the company to remove all apps that alert users of DUI checkpoints which are staged to curb drunk driving, CNET.com reports.
They believe this real-time warning gives drunk drivers a chance to dodge the cops.
We did a quick search and found that there are, indeed, plenty of apps out there that promise to warn us of upcoming sobriety checkspoints in our area.
Buzzed, distributed by Minot LCC, for instance, said it would provide its users with "detailed information regarding if, when, and where" a DUI checkpoint might occur.
To be fair, the application also seeks to help buzzed drivers by offering its "Call a Cab" service.
Apple revised its app review guidelines in September 2010, stating it would not accept apps from developers that "encourage excessive consumption of alcohol or illegal substances, or encourage minors to consume alcohol or smoke cigarettes."
Apple is already taking heat from gay advocacy groups that started an online petition yesterday, asking the Cupertino-based company to remove an app created by a religious group, Exodus International. The app was designed to help users resist their unwanted homosexual desires.
Sounds like there's is a good opportunity for another new app -- one that could help Apple steer clear of controversy.