Senate Looking to Get DUI Apps Pulled
By admin, WirelessEmporium
March 25, 2011
As bad as distracted driving has gotten, there are several apps out there for our phones that are actually designed to help prevent accidents. T-Mobile has an app called DriveSmart that can detect when the phone is in a moving vehicle and block all incoming calls and texts. Sprint also just recently unveiled a similar app called Drive First which will be preinstalled on all new Android devices.
The apps are perfect though. They can't tell if the phone belongs to a passenger or the driver, so they will shut off everyone's phone. And in the case of Sprint, they are charging $2 a month for the service, which might be enough to get people to pass on activating it.
I would also contend that the various speed trap alert apps promote safe driving. I can personally attest to the fact that if I know that a particular area is crawling with cops with radar guns, I tend to drive a lot more cautiously in those stretches of road.
A group of Senators are trying to get these apps pulled though. It's not so much because of the speed trap alerts, as it is that these apps are also being used to alert people to where DUI checkpoints are. In this instance, the alerts really don't promote safer driving, they just encourage drunk drivers to take a different route home.
These Senators, in a letter to the major OS manufacturers, are asking that these apps be removed completely or be tweaked to remove the DUI checkpoint alerts. For once, the government may actually have gotten something right.