Apple Bans DUI Avoidance Apps from the App Store

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Apple has just updated its App Store Reviewal Guidelines, not surprising since the company just launched the iOS 5 beta to developers. Some might not "drink to" at least one of the changes: DUI checkpoint apps are now banned from the App Store.

The change possibly came as a result of a request from U.S. Senators Harry Reid (D-NV), Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), and Tom Udall (D-NM) who sent a letter to Apple, Google, and RIM in March. In it, they asked those three companies to remove any apps from their respective marketplaces that allow users get around DUI checkpoints.

Apple is the only one to comply with the request so far. And it only applies to DUI checkpoints. Apps such as "Trapster," which is used to avoid "speed traps."

Interestingly, California is required by law to publish the general location of DUI checkpoints in advance, so this shouldn't have an effect on any California residents. Additionally, since RIM and Google have not yet responded, there is still "an app for that" on Android and BlackBerry, at least for now.
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LBowen replied on Thu, Jun 9 2011 1:31 PM

This is the first time I have heard of DUI avoidance apps and I feel they should be removed from the app store. Drunk Driving is dangerous and irresponsible; an app that helps you to get away with it is disgusting.

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I agree with LBowen though I see this as another thing by Apple to control every situation. I highly doubt that you will see these Apps removed from Android.

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lipe123 replied on Thu, Jun 9 2011 2:09 PM

The only time Apple actually pulls a app for valid reasons, hell watch out its about to snow!

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dac7nco replied on Thu, Jun 9 2011 6:01 PM

Meh - a lot of bars in the SF Bay Area make sure their patrons are aware of the checkpoints; DUI convictions cut profits.

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realneil replied on Thu, Jun 9 2011 10:08 PM

Apple has too much control over devices that you bought and paid for. I can't believe there hasn't been a huge public outcry over their monopolistic behavior. People just take it and love doing it,..................Hmm,.....

I have, from direct personal experience, a real hatred for drunken drivers. They deserve to be locked away for long periods of time, every time they're caught. So I don't like the Idea of some blind-ass drunkard having an edge while he's driving his 2,500 Pound 'Meat-Hammer' home at speed after partying all night.

I'll not cry about them losing this set of Apps at all.

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coolice replied on Fri, Jun 10 2011 12:21 AM

Ah ^ thats because they are fantastic marketers and know how to shush up the public. 


As for drunk drivers, I recently was in an accident, nothing serious, but was bed ridden for a few days... partially my fault as I didnt have any lights (Was biking at 4am)... Drunk driver swerved off the lane to the opposite lane on which I was biking...I saw him and quickly dashed off, lost balance and fell.... luckily another driver saw the entire incident... The drunk driver was VERY apologetic and was in tears....and i was in a partial state of shock for a few seconds... took me some time to realize what happened and what could have happened.


Anywho, cops arrived at the scene, paramedics as well (my first ever experience with them). They asked me if i needed to go to the hospital etc, did a few basic tests (walking, hand eye coordination -> touch nose, ear etc.... Very interesting) Ruled out anything, and gave me a ride back home.... Anywho, was in bed without a computer for 2 days... instead i read a wonderful novel, The Storm

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3vi1 replied on Fri, Jun 10 2011 9:02 PM

Not only in California, but other states as well. I know even Texas (the most drunk-drivenist place I've ever lived) has a bill in place that says police must publicize the checkpoints beforehand as well.

Statistics show that DUI checkpoints don't deter drunk driving unless they're publicized. This app is publicity.

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Inspector replied on Fri, Jun 10 2011 11:53 PM

This is so pointless, a person DUI will not be able to operate these apps :P. Also Trapster is for speeders mainly :), i got it on my phone too :P lol.

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