Google, Maps, Waze, DUI checkpoints, Google Maps
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People who are not aware of DUI checkpoints and other law enforcement checkpoints. DUI checkpoints are also known as police stops, where police officers are standing and checking vehicles going through them, or in simple words, you can say where police officers set their barrier and randomly stop vehicles to check for impaired drivers. Checkpoints are usually set up during times when impaired driving is known to happen, such as holiday weekends.

New York Police Department does not favor and like people informing about the DUI checkpoints and other law enforcement checkpoints. And from their point of view, it is right to stop showing DUI checkpoints on the Waze app and Google maps.

The New York Police Department officials sent a terminate and cease letter to Google authorities today, and in cease letter they are requesting to Google to stop showing and informing about the DUI/DWI checkpoints and other law enforcement checkpoints in its Google Maps and Waze application.

Google, Maps, Waze, DUI checkpoints, Google Maps
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New York Police Department (NYPD) told and informed in their statement about the causes and disadvantages of showing DUI/DWI checkpoints and other law enforcement checkpoints, the causes are “Person who uploads the locations of DUI/DWI checkpoints and other law enforcement checkpoints may be engaging in criminal conduct since such actions could be intentional efforts to prevent and/or weaken the administration of the driving with a BAC of 08 or higher and other relevant criminal and traffic laws.”

“The post by an individual of DUI/DWI information for public favor is unstable and bad since it only serves to aid impaired and intoxicated or in simple words’ drunken drivers to evade DUI/DWI checkpoints and support and boost their confidence to dangerous driving. Exposing the location of checkpoints puts those drivers, their passengers, and the general public in danger and risk. “

The main focus in the cease letter is on Waze probably helping and supporting drunk drivers, in their statement, Google directly mentioned out the feature is often for reporting speed traps.

One of the spokespeople told that “Safety is the highest preference while developing navigation features at Google. We think that telling drivers about expected speed traps, allows them to be more careful and make safer decisions when they’re on the road.”

The cease letter is a settlement of Google Maps starting to combine incident reporting and other Waze features. As such, we’ll likely detect other police authorities give Google mean letters over the following few months.

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