Four U.S. Senators are calling for Apple and other purveyors of smartphone software to ban apps — such as Phantom Alert, Fuzz Alert Pro and Checkpointer — that would help motorists identify and avoid drunk driving checkpoints, reports “The Huffington Post” (

Democrats Chuck Schumer, Frank Lautenberg, Tom Udall and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Tuesday issued a letter to Scott Forstall, Apple’s senior vice president of iPhone They also sent identical letters to Google and RIM executives.

“We appreciate the technology that has allowed millions of Americans to have information at their fingertips, but giving drunk drivers a free tool to evade checkpoints, putting innocent families and children at risk, is a matter of public concern,” the letter said.