You can find an app for just about anything you want. Many of them are focused on helping drivers on the road. But in early 2011 a wave of apps aimed at helping drivers avoid law enforcement checkpoints were made available in the iPhone, Blackberry, and Android markets. What had many people concerned was that most of these apps included information for DUI checkpoints. When nearing a DUI checkpoint contained in the database, the device (smartphone, GPS device, or iPad) would provide an audible alert so the driver could find an alternate route. Police officials contend that the people who use these apps are only thinking about not being arrested – they are not thinking of ending the lives of other motorists, pedestrians, other passengers in their cars or themselves. These checkpoint apps use huge databases of information (supplied by both users and law enforcement agencies) to inform drivers of DUI checkpoints, speed traps, and red-light camera programs. Most people agree that the DUI check point feature should be disabled, but there are mixed feelings regarding information on speed traps and red-light camera programs. In early summer 2011, Research In Motion pulled all the checkpoint apps from its market for the Blackberry smartphone. Apple and Google did not. Instead, Apple released a new policy that only restricts future checkpoint apps; checkpoint apps currently in Apple’s market will remain. Consider these issues and questions : 1-Law enforcement agencies frequently publish the location of red-light-camera programs and speed traps. Should that published information be made available through an app to help drivers avoid getting a ticket? Why or why not? 2-If law enforcement agencies publish information on DUI checkpoints, is it okay to have an app for drivers? Why or why not? 3-If law enforcement agencies do not publish information on DUI checkpoints, is it okay to have an app that alerts driver to those locations? Why or why not? 4-Is the sharing of information, such as the location of a DUI checkpoint, protected freedom of speech by the Constitution? Can the government really create laws to prohibit this? Is it ethical for drivers to share this type of information so that a drunk driver can avoid being caught?

The published information should not be made available in app as it gives a chance for the drunken drivers or illegal activities to escape from the law. The check point officials should train well so that the person should be treated with dignity. Checkpoint reduces alcohol related crashes around 20 percent according to US CENTRES of disease control report. App helps the people to plan in advance which route to be taken and can give rise to loss of life.

In some states Dui check point is prevented. It is considered illegal by law. So these states such as Texas, Washingon, Alaska, Michigan, Oregon etc consider violation of civil rights. Drinking and driving is one of main causes of road accident. Sharing of information will only gives to this habit of drinking and driving, driver taking alternative route to escape. This should not publish for encouraging responsible drinking.

Regarding law, according to US law, drivers above 21 with blood alcohol concentration (Bac of .08 percent) is considered illegal. It is unethical to share information, as Dui check should be random and confidential. Sharing information creates loopholes in the law.

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