Smartphone Apps Discouraged by Senators Regarding DUI Checkpoints
Posted on April 4th, 2011 by Zane Cagle
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, checkpoints reduce alcohol-related crashes in all states including Missouri and Illinois Recent attempts by U.S. senators to restrict the use of downloadable applications that alert motorist of DUI checkpoints has put a spotlight on the effectiveness of road blocks in order to catch drunk drivers.
While the Supreme Court ruled in 1990 that sobriety checkpoints are constitutional, some states do not allow them. “The main goal of sobriety check points is to try to catch those who are violating the DUI/open container laws”, stated a State Patrol officer, “Not to mention, it sends a proactive message to those who might think about drinking and driving”.
In this economic era, check points are advantageous to patrol officers as they are stationary and not using as much gas as they would be if driving around. Some check points lead to many arrests for DUI and related charges as well as seat belt and child restraint violations, while other checkpoints result in few charges particularly if the checkpoint was publicized. Even if they checkpoint doesn’t result in arrests, it does allow travelers and the public to see law enforcement’s presence. I have blogged repeatedly about the importance of safety belts while in an automobile and the importance of placing your child in the correct type of child safety seat.
“It is always helpful and beneficial when citizens see officers at particular locations”.
Several senators have asked smart phone makers such as Apple, Google and Research in Motion to stop selling apps that allow drives to locate checkpoints. Some feel the mobile applications are promoting that it is ok to drive and drive. It would be safe to say that smart phone makers do not have the intent of promoting drunk driving but they do see an app that customers want and will buy.
Law enforcement’s goal is to decrease the number of automobile crashes and truck crashes by reducing the factors that influence crashes such as drunk driving, speeding, seat belt violations and excessive speed. According to experts, “DUI checkpoints are show to reduce drunken driving accidents and fatalities by up to 20 percent”.
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