After four Democratic senators complained, the company that makes Blackberry smartphones said it will remove programs that notify motorists of upcoming police speed traps and red-light cameras.
The senators said they were worried about drunk drivers using the application to avoid police checks.
The programs usually depend on drivers sharing information in real-time about where police are enforcing traffic laws, including DUI checkpoints. The “apps,” as they are called, are available for download to the phones.
Sens. Harry Reid, Charles E. Schumer, Frank Lautenberg and Tom Udall wrote a letter Tuesday to Google Inc., Apple Inc. and Research in Motion, which makes the Blackberry, asking all of them to remove the apps, saying that some police officials have complained.
“Drunk drivers will soon have one less tool to evade law enforcement and endanger our friends and families,” said the senators in joint statement announcing the Blackberry decision. “We appreciate RIM’s immediate reply and urge the other smartphone makers to quickly follow suit.”