DUI Checkpoint Apps: New Smartphone Applications Provoke ControversyDUI Checkpoint Apps: New Smartphone Applications Provoke Controversy
Smartphones give people the ability not only to make a call, but text their friends, check Facebook, play games, order a movie, as well as “tweet” their favorite celebrities. However, this does not represent all potential uses of Smartphone technology. In fact, new applications have begun utilizing GPS technology to pinpoint DUI checkpoints and inform drivers so they may avoid them.
A quick search on the Android marketplace reveals applications such as “Fuzz Alert,” “PhantomAlert” and “Trapster.” However, these programs are surrounded by controversy even though thousands of people have already downloaded them.
DUI Checkpoint Apps: Apple Says No, but Google Says Yes
Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android are the two most widely used Smartphone operating systems. However, Apple and Google disagree whether these DUI checkpoint apps should be made available to the public.
The New York Times reports that Apple, according to its new app guidelines, will now reject any applications submitted to its marketplace that promote driving under the influence because the applications might allow drunk drivers to subvert legal processes. This was in response to a letter sent by a group of U.S. senators. The letter requested the apps be removed and rejected from mobile stores because they might encourage people to drive under the influence of alcohol.
Google, however, does not believe the apps violate their app content policies, nor will they change them even though they received the same letter from the senators.
Imperfect Apps and the Importance of DUI Defense Representation
These applications are not perfect and law enforcement officials have new technologies to fight back against potential DUI offenders. ABC reports that by the time these applications alert their user, the police usually have a driver’s speed and know who they are using enhanced laser radar. Thus, the programs could only be providing a false sense of security for drivers.
Maryland law enforcement and prosecutors are increasingly cracking down on drunk driving. People often make the mistake of believing they are okay to drive but end up getting behind the wheel intoxicated. Mistakes like this can bring serious DUI charges.
Those charged with DUI – whether they were using a DUI app or not – should speak with a qualified DUI defense attorney immediately to discuss their rights and options moving forward. Experienced criminal defense attorneys can explain legal options, defend against license revocation and possibly avoid or reduce jail time after a drunk driving charge.