In a letter to Scott Forstall, Senior Vice President of iPhone Software, the senators asked these applications to be removed from Apple’s online store or altered to remove the DUI/DWI checkpoint functionality. Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) specifically named the "Trapster" and "PhantomALERT" applications.
Joe Scott, founder of PhantomALERT, wrote in an email to GPS Business News: “I think this is a kneejerk reaction. If they really understood what we are doing and aim to achieve they would actually support us.»
“Why do we provide DUI Check Point alerts? First of all, many Police department promote or advertises DUI crack downs through the media as PSAs or through PR. We are just taking it a bit further and pushing the info to drivers through GPS and smart phone technology. Actually, many Police departments see us as another way to get the message out to the driving public. The idea is to deter drivers from drinking and driving. When drivers get alerts for DUI check points on their smart phones and GPS, they will think twice about drinking and driving.“
While PhantomALERT is not disclosing information bout their user base, Trapster - which was bought by NAVTEQ last year - is nearing 11 million downloads worldwide.