Mobile apps that warn drives of DUI checkpoints are the target of a group of senators who fired a letter to the mobile industry heavyweights.
The letter from Senators Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ), Harry Reid, (D-NV), Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), and Tom Udall (D-NM) was sent to Apple, Google and RIM.
The letter calls for the ban of DUI checkpoint apps. "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," they state in the letter.
There are a number of apps available in the major mobile software markets that alert drivers from DUI checkpoints to speed traps which often depend on crowdsourcing.
RIM has responded swiftly and committed to removing the apps.
"RIM's decision to remove these apps from their online store proves that when it comes to drunk driving, there should not be an app for that," said Schumer in a statement Wednesday.
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