Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The $9.99 is a way to avoid DUI Checkpoints in San Diego California and 24 states

Sennett Devermont's to help sober citizens escape harassment.

Mr. Checkpoint is a 25-state text-messaging service alerting subscribers to any known DUI checkpoint locations within a 30-mile radius of a fixed address.

Apple and Research in Motion, the company behind the Blackberry, each decided to ban DUI checkpoint apps this year.

So with text messaging, Devermont says he can offer users a similar service. It’s priced at $9.99 per month, with a $5 discount to users who sign a pledge not to drink and drive.

Sober drivers have excellent reason to want to avoid San Diego DUI checkpoints, lawyers point out. A large majority of cars impounded at San Diego County DUI checkpoints are for offenses unrelated to drunk driving. Municipalities, the station reported, benefit financially from impounding cars through contracts with towing companies, attorneys learned.

Reviewing Devermont’s video, David Blair-Loy, legal director for the ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties, maintains the police search of his wallet was probably illegal, because he previously provided his ID.

ACLU believes DUI checkpoints are violations of civil rights, although courts have upheld them as constitutional as long as they follow certain requirements in California.