NYPD Is Not Happy About Waze's DWI Checkpoint Alerts

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"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 unsafe driving".

The activity is also helping drunk drivers avoid detection and capture, the NYPD asserts, making the roads more risky to the drivers, their passengers, and the general public. It's putting "significant resources" into the effort, the letter said, and Waze users are gumming it up by giving away their unannounced road blocks and thereby helping drunk drivers evade them.

The notifications are all generated by other users that spotted them first and marked the location along the route.

'We've also seen police encourage such reporting as it serves as both a warning to drivers, as well as a way to highlight police work that keeps roadways safe.

However, the NYPD's cease and desist to Google says anyone who posts about the locations of DWI checkpoints may be engaging in criminal conduct. She added: "The goal is to make everyone aware that if you drink, don't drive, and if you drive, don't drink".

Jonathon Thompson, the executive director of the sheriffs' association, told the New York Times the Waze police feature seemed like it was created to help people get around law enforcement.

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Waze, which has been around since 2007, was acquired by Google in 2013.

The New York City Police Department has asked Google to disable a feature in its popular Waze app that alerts drivers of DWI checkpoints and other police activity. The app has long tracked this kind of information.

For each mile, drivers will be paid 54 cents.

Google, for its part, seems to have zero interest in complying with the NYPD's demand, which the Post notes could also apply Waze's speed camera-reporting feature.

The letter demands that Google remove any current data and continue to take "necessary precaution" to cease the data posting practice on Waze, Google Maps and any other platform owned or associated with Google.

Google has received criticism for the feature in the past.

Charlie Beck, Los Angeles' police chief at the time, wrote a letter that month to Google, saying the app allowed people to target officers.

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