Monday, April 11, 2011

Apple Defies Four Senators’ Request to Remove Applications that “Allow Drunk Drivers to Evade Police Checkpoints”

Unlike RIM of Blackberry, Apple not only ignores four senators’ request to remove DUI checkpoint applications, but instead they just approved a brand new one. The newest DUI checkpoint locator application is called DUI Dodger and went on sale last week. Apple just approved this $0.99 application created by Anaheim Hills resident, Geno Rose. This application informs its users of DUI checkpoints and includes a tool for an infamous standardized field sobriety test that determines if the user can walk a line effectively by holding the iPhone still and flat while attempting to walk in a straight line. DUI Dodger also includes a tool for people to calculate their blood alcohol content. The application bears a disclaimer that states “this result is a rough estimate for entertainment purpose only. Use common sense and just do not drink & drive at all.”

DUI Dodger’s primary focus is to provide DUI checkpoint information for Southern California and allow users to report checkpoints themselves in addition to accessing their contacts to dial a friend for a ride. Rose states that he is using information for his application that he obtains from his contacts at local police agencies. It should be noted that the law enforcement agency conducting the DUI checkpoint is mandated to publicize the checkpoint to the public; however, the specific location does not need to be disclosed. The police agency might only provide vague information such as just the date and time, while this application will give you much more specific information including the exact location of the checkpoint.

If you or someone you love has been stopped at a sobriety checkpoint and arrested for a DUI, it is imperative you contact a skilled DUI attorney immediately. The penalties associated with a DUI conviction may include license suspension, fines, enrollment in a mandatory alcohol program, jail time, community service and installation of an ignition interlock device. With so much at stake, it is essential that you contact the Parker Law Center today to protect your rights!

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