Avoiding DUI checkpoints -- there's an app for that

Published: Apr. 4, 2011 at 9:58 AM EDT|Updated: Apr. 12, 2011 at 11:19 PM EDT
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Annapolis, MD (NBC) -- State Police in Maryland are unhappy with a new tool that helps drunk drivers get around D.U.I. checkpoints.

Google and Apple have cell phone software that pinpoints exactly where police have set up those checkpoints.

Maryland's Attorney General Doug Gansler wants the app off the market.

"It's much like giving a robber a key and the alarm pad code to go rob a bank on a map," Gansler said. "It's just not appropriate. It doesn't help society, and people die as a result."

State Police agree. According to their figures, more than 24,000 drunk drivers are arrested in Maryland every year and officers fear the software will stall their success.

Maryland isn't alone the fight to remove the application. Other states like Delaware have written the software makers. And some drivers say they would never download the app.