"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 lawmakers wrote. "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
Buzzed, distributed by Minot LCC, for instance, said it would provide its users with "detailed information regarding if, when, and where" a DUI checkpoint might occur.
To be fair, the application also seeks to help buzzed drivers by offering its "Call a Cab" service.
Apple revised its app review guidelines in September 2010, stating it would not accept apps from developers that "encourage excessive consumption of alcohol or illegal substances, or encourage minors to consume alcohol or smoke cigarettes."
Apple is already taking heat from gay advocacy groups that started an online petition yesterday, asking the Cupertino-based company to remove an app created by a religious group, Exodus International. The app was designed to help users resist their unwanted homosexual desires.
Sounds like there's is a good opportunity for another new app -- one that could help Apple steer clear of controversy.