Apple will reject iPhone apps that will tip drivers about police DUI checkpoint image

After pressure from four U.S. senators, Apple has agreed to reject smart-phone applications that would inform users of DUI checkpoints.

The Canada-based RIM immediately complied but Apple and Google initially refused.
Apple, however, changed its App Store guidelines this week to ban future applications that contain information on drunk-driving checkpoints not published by the police.

“Apps which contain DUI checkpoints that are not published by law enforcement agencies, or encourage and enable drunk driving, will be rejected,” the new guidelines say.

As of Thursday afternoon, there were still several DUI checkpoint apps in the App Store (right), including DUI Dodger ($2.99), MrDUI (free), and Buzzed ($0.99), reported.

According to the organization, more than 10,000 Americans die each year from DUI-related accidents. DUI checkpoint apps aren’t the first apps to be banned by Apple, which normally has strict — though sometimes unpredictable rules about what is sold in their app store.

DUI means “driving under the influence,” or intoxicated.