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Congress wants to outlaw DUI check-point phone apps


Some U.S. senators don’t blame accidents and loss of life on just the alcohol, but also on apps like PhantomALERT, which gives audio warnings to inebriated and buzzed drivers when DUI checkpoints are on their driving route.police stop

We write today with grave concern regarding the ease with which downloadable applications for the iPhone, iPad, and other Apple products allow customers to identify where local police officers have set up DUI checkpoints. 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.

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.

A Democrat-dominated quartet of senators — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nevada), Chuck Schumer (New York), Frank Lautenberg (New Jersey) and Tom Udall (New Mexico) — released a letter Tuesday that went after the makers of the most popular mobile operating systems (Apple, Android and BlackBerry) to remove apps that help motorists evade DUI checkpoints.


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