Apple agrees to ban DUI checkpoint apps


Some of the apps rely on publicly available information, while others allow users to input checkpoints for themselves to warn other drivers.

“Apple has done the right thing in barring new DUI applications, but this victory will remain only half-won until the existing apps are removed from the store,” Schumer said.

“This is about eliminating tools that people currently have to avoid drunk driving checkpoints, and leaving these dangerous apps online would be a major and dangerous loophole.”

Law enforcement agencies across the nation have voiced concern over the products, according to the senators, who argue that the apps have no other purpose than to enable drunk driving. They note more than 10,000 Americans die in drunk driving crashes every year.

“The bottom line is that DWI Checkpoint Apps empower drunk drivers to break the law and, as we know all too well in New Mexico, the consequences can be deadly,” Udall said.

"The new Apple policy is progress, and I look forward to their complete removal of the apps. It's the responsible thing to do."