Published: Sun, February 10, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

NYPD Demands Google Stop Posting DWI Checkpoints on Waze App

NYPD Demands Google Stop Posting DWI Checkpoints on Waze App

First reported by Android Police in January, the app now permits those on the road to check maps to find speed cameras and will also give drivers an audio cue when they are close to a speed camera. They are revealing the situation of checkpoints places these drivers, their passengers, and most people in danger.

Though it wasn't specifically mentioned in the NYPD letter, a new "speed cam" function that warns drivers of speed and red light cameras may be related to the agency's demand, according to speculation made by StreetsBlog.

Waze does allow users to distinguish in the app whether the police officer is "hidden" or 'visible, ' to distinguish between cop cars that are out in the open or parked to the side, such as in a dirt road, where they can't easily be seen from a major road.

"If a user decides to report a DUI/DWI checkpoint, they may choose to do so via the chat function, but please note that this is not a pre-set Waze alert", the Waze spokesperson wrote.

In the letter, written by Ann Prunty, the department's acting deputy commissioner for legal matters, the NYPD called on Google to disable the feature and said that users who supply the locations of police checkpoints could be breaking the law.

This isn't the first time that police have tried to get Google to muzzle Waze: In 2015, USA police asked Google to pull the plug on citizens using the mobile app to "stalk" police locations, regardless of whether they're on their lunch break, assisting with a broken-down vehicle on the highway, or hiding in wait to nab speeders.

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Waze, a mapping application that relies on detailed crowdsourced driving conditions, was by Google for around $1 billion in 2013.

People who are not aware of DUI checkpoints and other law enforcement checkpoints.

Neither Google or Waze has released a statement on this matter.

The application in question is Waze, a community-based navigation app that allows users to report auto accidents, traffic jams, and police activity.

The NYPD has demanded that Google's Waze stop sharing information about police checkpoints.

Google has received criticism for the feature in the past. The application works via crowdsourcing, letting drivers add information about the location of crashes, delays, and other metrics in order to help reduce travel time and improve driver safety.

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