Prominent US Senators Call on Mobile Giants to Pull ‘Dangerous’ Mobile Apps

This week, four prominent US Senators: Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), and Tom Udall (D-N.M.) sent a letter to Apple, Google, and Research in Motion, expressing grave concern.

The lawmakers were aiming to bring attention to the controversial mobile applications designed to notify motorists of where police patrol in search of potentially dangerous drunk drivers.

As it turns out, the so-called DUI checkpoint apps are both numerous and popular.

One application the letter directly refers to contains a database of DUI checkpoints that is updated in real-time. Another app – with more than 10 million users – helps users alert each other to DUI checkpoints in real time.

The senators contend that these apps make it increasingly more onerous than it already is for police to protect innocent people from drunk drivers.

“With more than 10,000 Americans dying in drunk-driving crashes every year, providing access to iPhone and iPad applications that alert users to DUI checkpoints is harmful to public safety,” the letter reads. “We know that your company shares our desire to end the scourge of drunk driving and we therefore would ask you to remove these applications from your store.”

On Thursday, RIM pulled all DUI checkpoint apps for BlackBerry users.

Neither Apple or Google has yet responded to the call for action from the senators.