Apple Sidelines DUI/Speedtrap Apps But They’re Still in iTunes



Bowing to pressure from lawmakers after a recent U.S. senate hearing, Apple has updated the review guidelines to sideline new apps that might be seen as aiding drunk drivers.

Section 22.8 of the updated App Store Review Guidelines reads:

Apps which contain DUI checkpoints that are not published by law enforcement agencies, or encourage and enable drunk driving, will be rejected.

Some of the apps in question are, however, still available in iTunes for download.

As of this writing, some of the apps that came under fire like Buzzed, Checkpointer, Trapster and DUI Dodger are all present.

“Isn’t what these apps are doing is encouraging people to break the law?” Senator Tom Udall asked at the hearing. Udall, along with Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), Harry Reid (D-NV), Charles Schumer (D-NY), called such apps “harmful to public safety.”

It’s unclear when or whether Apple will oust the currently approved DUI apps or whether it will make a distinction between those and the ones that are aimed to help sober drivers avoid everyday speed traps.

Via Mac Rumors

  • ElVox

    Trapster is one of those that publish police-published checkpoints, so I doubt it’ll get hit. Don’t know about the others.

  • James Groom

    I have to agree with what was said about it “harmful to public safety” that is true mainly for the way of avoiding “Roadside RBT Tests” it’s stupid and the person driving should be taken off the road till they learn to stop being stupid. If you want to drink and drive then wear the fine and time off from driving

  • martinberoiz

    You could be sober and still find this app useful if you want to avoid unnecessary DUI checks.

  • GregsTechBlog

    Avoiding speed traps is a good thing. But there’s no need for apps that make it easier to drink and drive. Plain and simple. 

  • guest

    Depends how you use the apps determine if it harmful or beneficial to you.

  • gregg

    Those who sacrifice freedom and liberty for safety and security deserve neither..

  • Daibidh

    Why are we still talking about this?  I very rarely drink.  When I do, I am usually extremely sensible and overly cautious.  When I am not sensible and really tie one on, I have a designated driver or call a cab.  Duh.  So easy even a drunk guy can do it!

    As a sober driver in a hurry, if I was ever delayed by a check point, I might consider getting an app like this.  Not because I want to be an arse and drink and drive but because I don’t want to be harassed and held up because of the idiots who do.  Apparently my state really doesn’t care too much about drunk driving as I have never even seen a check point EVER in my life.

    There are a lot of things that can potentially be used to skirt or break the law.  If we start banning this stuff, where do we intend to draw the line people?

  • huyett

    DUI checkpoint locations are made available by law enforcement agencies.  How on earth is it okay for them to make information public, and then wag their finger at Apple telling them that they can’t have an app do what their website already does.

    The language in the new rule makes it OK for law enforcement agencies to publish DUI checkpoints in apps — too bad they’re fighting crime and don’t have any developers on staff…

    I question the legallity of this new rule, whether you plan to use these types of apps to save time sober and when you’re driving around hammered (not encouraged) — public information is public information.


    So I just downloaded Trapster and looked at my location and the rest of Pittsburgh. All it shows are “school zone”s, “Dangerous Intersections” “Know speed trap”s and “Known Enforcement Point” which is in a park……

    Doesn’t sound dangerous to me, sounds like this app is a god send for people who speed through school zones, dangerous intersections and the like. This info I am seeing should avoid car accidents!!!

    Stupid Politicians. 

  • CharliK

    Apps that are using information published by the police etc in accordance with local laws are fine. 

    it’s the apps that have it set up so I can write in that there’s a cop watching for speeders etc at the intersection of X and Y that is a no no. 

  • CharliK

    Not speeding is better

  • huyett

    Whats the point of a speed trap — to get you to slow down.  If you know its there, you’ll slow down, and you won’t be delayed and have to get a ticket.  Everyone wins.

    Contrary to popular belief, cops don’t sit around setting up speed traps to piss people off, they’re supposed to get people to be aware of the speed limit and slow down.  By setting up these kinds of apps they accomplish that goal before you ever see them on the road.

  • GregsTechBlog

    Shorter travel times, less traffic, and less accidents (and let’s be honest, more fun). What’s not to love about speeding?