Google Maps slowly develops a reporting function, but Waze has had the opportunity for many years. Unfortunately, this functionality is aware of the local law enforcement in New York City when NYPD has just sent a discontinuation and desist letter to Google, and requires that the reporting feature no longer reveal the location of DWI control points.
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One of the biggest reasons many people use Waze is to pay attention to what's ahead of their route, whether it's an accident or a policeman holding one speed trap. However, in New York City, users often report DWI stops created by NYPD to find and stop drunk drivers from being on their way. The department requires Google to make a change to the Waze app to stop this.
Reported by the local CBS new branch in NYC, NYPD seeks to have this functionality taken down because it allows drivers who are intoxicated to avoid these control points. By making their placements publicly available, NYPD says that Waze irresponsibly helps these drivers and even encourages ruthless driving. Although it is certainly not Waze's function, it is an unfortunate side effect in this case.
Persons posting DWI checkpoints may be involved in criminal behavior, as such actions could be intentional attempts to prevent and / or degrade the administration of DWI laws and other relevant criminal and traffic laws. Posting such information to public consumption is irresponsible, as it only serves to help weakened and drunk drivers to avoid checkpoints and encourage ruthless driving. Revealing the location of control points puts these drivers, their passengers and the public at risk.
Update : In a comment to The Verge Google essentially rejected the request and cited benefits to the feature.
Security is a top priority when developing navigation features on Google. We believe informing drivers about upcoming speed traps allows them to be more cautious and make safer decisions when they are on their way.
This also comes out of the heels of Google, spreading limited reporting features to some users on Google Maps, as well as the arrival of both speed limits and speed camera alarms in the popular navigation app. Waze also launched its beacons in some NYC tunnels.
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