The New York Police Division has despatched a letter to Google demanding that it take away drunk-driving checkpoints from its Waze navigation app, as Streetsblog NYC and CBS New York reported earlier right now. Within the letter, the NYPD writes that “the posting of such data for public consumption is irresponsible because it solely serves to assist impaired and intoxicated drivers to evade checkpoints and encourage reckless driving.”
Reached for remark over e mail, a Google spokesperson responded in a approach that makes it clear the NYPD might want to do a bit extra to persuade Google to tug the DWI checkpoints:
Security is a high precedence when creating navigation options at Google. We consider that informing drivers about upcoming pace traps permits them to be extra cautious and make safer choices after they’re on the street.
Final month, Google added pace restrict data to Google Maps, and pace lure data has additionally been rolling out in some areas. Each have lengthy been a part of Waze — and for an equally very long time, some in regulation enforcement have been aggravated by the function. A gaggle from the Nationwide Sheriff’s Affiliation known as for its elimination in 2015. Some cops have gone as far as to submit faux pace traps to Waze.
Strain on platform firms has labored up to now. Following an open letter from Senators in March 2011 and a Senate listening to in 2011 whereby Tom Udall requested why Apple and Google had DUI avoidance apps of their shops, Apple banned some checkpoint location apps. Particularly, Apple’s coverage is that “Apps could solely show DUI checkpoints which might be revealed by regulation enforcement businesses.” (The nuance there’s that many checkpoint places are revealed by regulation enforcement businesses themselves.)
Google didn’t, and plenty of such apps (together with Waze) stay out there within the Google Play Retailer. Chances are high, the NYPD’s letter won’t be the factor that makes the corporate change its thoughts.