Controversy Over Smartphone Apps That List DUI Checkpoints

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The Checkpointer iPhone App
Accidentally drank too many brewskies and now need to bypass the cops on the dangerous drive home?  

There's an app for that.

Several of them, actually, including the $4.99 iPhone "Checkpointer" by Baron Zweber, which lists DUI checkpoints in OC. According to the Orange County Register, the local bail bondsman uses publicly available information as reported by police agencies to give you the cross streets and/or GPS coordinates of where breathalyzer-armed officers may be lurking. The app can "potentially save you thousands of dollars by helping you avoid an arrest for a DUI," the description reads.

But a group of U.S. Senators believe that these types of smartphone apps only encourage people to down another drink and then take an alternate route. Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.) sent an open letter to Apple, Google and BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion (RIM) asking the companies to stop selling apps like Checkpointer, which they say "allow drunk drivers to evade police checkpoints, putting innocent families and children at risk."

So far, only RIM has agreed to do so.

Though Zweber and other app-makers believe that knowing the whereabouts of a DUI checkpoint might encourage drivers to think twice before drinking to the point of intoxication. Local police departments regularly send us press releases revealing the locations of upcoming sobriety checkpoints, information that we at the Weekly gladly pass onto you.

Use it responsibly.

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orange county bail bonds

Hey that's really a great post and a wonderful description out here, I really like the way things are being executed and discussed here. 

Jimmy
Jimmy

Orange County Bail Bonds....

Where's your app????

Zweber
Zweber

I want to say thank you to all of you who have been supportive of Checkpointer. For those who have or will purchase this app, I pledge to you my best efforts to keep the DUI checkpoints timely and accurate. Also, I want to express my gratitude to Michelle Woo for an objective article.

I have received some criticism as well. This is also appreciated because your criticisms help me to better service the public. Freedom of speech is what it's all about; suppression of freedom of speech is unAmerican...

Checkpointer was designed, in part, to help familiarize you all with my bail bond company, Ace Baron Bail Bonds, www.AceBaronBailBonds.com---(which I hope you will call should you ever have the need)---- and, to offer tangible proof of my commitment to the people of southern Cal, but especially Orange County.

I have written a rebuttal to "The 4" which will be printed as an open letter on my company website by the end of the week. Each of the 4 Senators was sent a personal letter by me on March 28th.

Baron Zweberbaron@acebaronbailbonds.com

Dweezle.Di
Dweezle.Di

Nothing like free advertising... and if you were so publicly minded it would be a free or a 99 cent app instead of $4.99 in iTunes. (always a cynic in the room LOL)

orange county bail bonds
orange county bail bonds

Thanks for sharing this great content, I really enjoyed the insign you bring to the topic, awesome stuff!

Black Dog
Black Dog

The way I see it, if they can look up an app on their mobile device, read it, and figure out the alternate route home, they probably aint that drunk.

Clawy
Clawy

I feel like Zweber is really doing a good thing for local OC residents. I have the app and I don't even drink, but its helpful to avoid sitting in fucking traffic while the cities waste taxpayer dollars nabbing one or two drunks off the street. Go CheckPointer!

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909Jeff
909Jeff

Why dont Reid, Schumer, work on the real problems this country faces like... I dont know PASSING AN EFFING BUDGET Im sure there's an app for that!

NoSiCopper
NoSiCopper

Police a required to publicly post the locations of checkpoints, all this is doing is making the information more accessible instead of buried in the registers public notices page somewhere.

909Jeff
909Jeff

Hey Man

I'm completely with you! The fact that this is even on these politicians radar is ridiculous But at over 2k a pop for a DUI I can see how they my be upset that this app will cut into their slush funds.

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