Baltimore – The state attorneys general from Maryland and
Delaware on Monday called on technology giants Google (NASD: GOOG) and Apple (NASD: AAPL) to ban
smartphone apps that help users avoid drunk-driving checkpoints.

The apps in
question, currently available for iPhone and Android devices, provide the
locations of police checkpoints and allow users to report checkpoints to

"These smartphone applications give drunk drivers a ‘how-to’ guide
to evade DUI checkpoints and endanger the lives of innocent citizens on our
roads," said Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler.

Both Gansler and
Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden have sent letters to Google CEO Eric
Schmidt and Scott Forstall, Apple’s senior vice president of iPhone software,
encouraging the companies to "take the responsible step" of removing
the apps.


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