Recently, four Democratic senators wrote letters to Apple, Android and RIM, asking them to blacklist mobile apps for their phones that informed users of the times and locations of DWI checkpoints.

Part of what makes checkpoints effective is deterrent. It’s a way for law enforcement to let drivers know that drunk driving isn’t something you can get away with.  Whenever you go through a checkpoint or hear a warning about one, you’re reminded that you’re playing with fire when you drive drunk. In this way, awareness of DUI checkpoints isn't a problem.

However, the names of these apps give away their intended use - Buzzed, Fuzz Alert, and MrDUI, to name a few. The fear is that hardcore drunk drivers won’t be dissuaded by the warning but convinced that with their smartphone they can successfully evade the law. Subsequently, many lives will be put at risk.

While these apps may be legal, they’re wholly unethical. Our roads would be safer if these apps hadn’t been made. We call upon the developers to put their minds and technology to better use. After all developers, you most likely drive and share our nation’s roads, too...