Glendale DUI Brouhaha Brews in Senate over Google and Apple Apps

Mobile apps designed and provided by the likes of Google and Apple can “yield up” the locations of Glendale DUI checkpoints (and DUI checkpoints throughout the US). These apps have raised the hackles of lawmakers. Last Tuesday, a US Senate Subcommittee held a hearing with Apple’s VP of Software Technology to discuss the legality of apps that can alert drivers to checkpoints for Glendale DUI, Burbank DUI, Los Angeles DUI, Pasadena DUI, and so forth.fuzz-alert.jpg

Two of the most popular apps are Buzz’d and Fuzz Alert. Senator Chuck Schumer lashed into the software execs about these apps in particular, saying that they “really only have one purpose” – to clue drivers into where police stakeouts might be. Schumer did not mince words. He told Alan Davidson, the Director of Public Policy for Google: “I hope you that you narrowly look at this app. You agree that it is a terrible thing, and it probably causes death.”

Apple defended itself by saying that the apps often just publish data in real time that the police department themselves put out. Schumer and others countered that this argument qualified as a “weak read” and challenged the software company to admit that the apps essentially are designed to help people violate laws like California Vehicle Code Action 23152(a) and 23152(b).

Likely, the debate over the legality and general fairness of apps like Fuzzed and Buzz Alert has only just began. One question that seems to have eluded the Senator is: “Should drivers really be using their mobile devices while driving in the first place?” After all, as this blog has documented many times over, some evidence suggests that driving while talking on cell phones – especially while texting – can be as dangerous as or perhaps even more dangerous than driving under the influence in Glendale or elsewhere.

Irrespective of how the police stopped you for DUI (checkpoint, roadside stop, etcetera), you would like the services of a highly reputable Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney to work out a plan for your defense. The Kraut Law Group (450 North Brand Boulevard, Suite 600, Glendale, California 91203 Phone: (818) 507-9123) is dedicated to serving defendants through meticulous preparation and strategic planning. Lead counsel, Attorney Michael Kraut, is very experienced – he spent nearly 15 years as a prosecutor for the city before “switching over” to represent defendants. He is widely considered to be an expert in Los Angeles DUI Law, and he has appeared on KTLA, Fox News, and other media to discus and analyze critical DUI cases.


If you have been arrested for a DUI in Glendale or you are under investigation for driving under the influence in Southern California, please contact Los Angeles criminal defense attorney Michael Kraut for 24/7 assistance by phone at (323) 464-6453 or toll free at (888) 334-6344 or online.

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