NYPD Orders Waze to End Feature Allowing Drivers to Report on DWI Checkpoints


The NYPD has issued a warning to Waze that is must immediately disable one of its most popular features – allowing drivers to inform each other of police checkpoints or speed radars.

The New York Police Department wrote in a letter to Google, which owns the road navigation system app, that it must also make sure that information about checkpoints police set up to prevent drunk driving is never uploaded to any of its apps, according to Spectrum News.

“Individuals who post the locations of DWI checkpoints may be engaging in criminal conduct since such actions could be intentional attempts to prevent and/or impair the administration of the DWI laws and other relevant criminal and traffic laws,” the NYPD wrote to the tech giant. “The posting of such information for public consumption is irresponsible since it only serves to aid impaired and intoxicated drivers to evade checkpoints and encourage reckless driving. Revealing the location of checkpoints puts those drivers, their passengers, and the general public at risk.”