BlackBerry users no longer will be able to pinpoint police drunken-driving checkpoints, reports USA Today. After a request from four U.S. senators, Canada-based Research in Motion, maker of the BlackBerry, agreed to pull from its online store downloadable applications that allow its operating systems to identify the locations of local police DUI checkpoints. The senators are Nevada’s Harry Reid, New Jersey’s Frank Lautenberg, New Mexico’s Tom Udall, and New York’s Charles Schumer, all Democrats.
USA Today reported on the growing popularity of apps that identify law enforcement tools such as DUI checkpoints, speed traps, and red-light cameras through user-submitted information that connects with GPS data. In announcing the agreement with Research in Motion action, the senators cited statistics showing that someone dies every 50 minutes in a drunken-driving crash. About 30 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2009 involve drunken driving, says the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.