RIM pulls drunken driving 'app' from Blackberry

Mar 24, 2011
US senators on Wednesday said that Research In Motion (RIM) has promised to get rid of a Blackberry software program designed to help drunk drivers evade police checkpoints.

US senators on Wednesday said that Research In Motion (RIM) has promised to get rid of a Blackberry software program designed to help drunk drivers evade police checkpoints.

The move came a day after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and fellow Democratic Senators Chuck Schumer, Frank Lautenberg and Tom Udall urged Google, Apple and Canada-based RIM to remove such third-party software from shops stocked with applications for smartphones.

"Drunk will soon have one less tool to evade law enforcement and endanger our friends and families," the senators said in joint statement.

"We appreciate RIM's immediate reply and urge the other smartphone makers to quickly follow suit."

The senators want to purge smartphones of applications that use driver-generated databases of speed traps, , or even drunk driving checkpoints to help drunken drivers avoid police.

Popular smartphone program PhantomAlert asks potential customers on its website: "Tired of traffic tickets? The embarrassment, the time, the points, the frustration, the money?"

"You will be alerted as you approach: Railroad Crossings, Dangerous Intersections, Dangerous Curves, Speed Bumps, Speed Traps, Speed Cameras, Red Light Cameras, School Zones, DUI Checkpoints."

DUI means "driving under the influence," or intoxicated.

PhantomAlert chief executive Joe Scott called the lawmakers' appeal "a knee-jerk reaction" and said his company was helping to "deter drivers from drinking and driving" by making them more aware of the risk of arrest.

Explore further: Google releases work tools designed for Android phones

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

US senators urge end to drunk driver 'apps'

Mar 22, 2011

US senators on Tuesday pressed Google, Apple, and Blackberry maker Research in Motion to pull the plug on applications that can help drunk drivers use smart phones to elude police checkpoints.

New Jersey Lawmakers May Ban Texting While Driving

Mar 27, 2007

New Jersey drivers who insist on sending text messages on their cell phones or personal digital assistants may find themselves on the wrong side of the law if legislators approve a new bill.

Blackberry buddies up to game developers

Nov 09, 2009

Research In Motion (RIM) on Monday announced it is making Blackberry devices friendlier to game applications, as the business-oriented smartphones try to show a more playful side.

Recommended for you

Google releases work tools designed for Android phones

Feb 25, 2015

(AP)—Google is releasing a set of tools designed for businesses and employees who want to get work done on Android-powered smartphones, setting up a skirmish on another key front of mobile computing.

Superfish points fingers over ad software security flaws

Feb 22, 2015

A little-known Silicon Valley startup was caught in a firestorm of criticism this week for making software that exposed Lenovo laptop users to hackers bent on stealing personal information. But Superfish Inc. ...

Team develops web tool to speed data collection

Feb 20, 2015

By 2030, one in five Americans will be age 65 or older. To understand the role neighborhoods play in seniors' ability to 'age in place'—living safely and independently in one's home of choice rather than ...

User comments : 2

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

caeman
not rated yet Mar 28, 2011
Talk about a breech of Freedom of Speech! We citizens have the right to know where speed traps are located.
COCO
not rated yet Mar 28, 2011
wonder if they wimp out so fast to Kodak who will own them soon?

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.