24 Mar '11, 8am

RIM pulls drunken driving 'app' from Blackberry

RIM pulls drunken driving 'app' from Blackberry

WASHINGTON - US senators on Wednesday said that Research In Motion (RIM) has promised to get rid of a Blackberry software program designed to help drunk drivers evade police checkpoints. The move came a day after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and fellow Democratic Senators Chuck Schumer, Frank Lautenberg and Tom Udall urged Google, Apple and Canada-based RIM to remove such third-party software from shops stocked with applications for smartphones. "Drunk drivers will soon have one less tool to evade law enforcement and endanger our friends and families," the senators said in joint statement. "We appreciate RIM's immediate reply and urge the other smartphone makers to quickly follow suit." The senators want to purge smartphones of applications that use driver-generated databases of speed traps, speed cameras, or even drunk driving checkpoints to help drunken drivers avoi...

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