Yeah well, when you live in a nanny state…

The NYPD is calling on Google to yank a feature from its Waze traffic app that tips off drivers to police checkpoints — warning it could be considered “criminal conduct,” according to a report on Wednesday.

The department sent a cease-and-desist letter over the weekend demanding Google disable the crowd-sourced app’s function that allows motorists to pinpoint police whereabouts, StreetsBlog reported.

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13 Responses to Yeah well, when you live in a nanny state…

  1. Daryl says:

    Check points date and location are published in the newspaper here ahead of time.

  2. Djamer says:

    Checkpoints are UNCONSTITUTIONAL and have been ruled as such in many states! Fuck them!

    • Only Idaho, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming ban checkpoints.

      Use your own judgement how to respond in other states.

  3. Arc says:

    “could be considers” “may be” “possibly interfering”

    If I may translate pigspeak into English. They are tip toeing around the roses and don’t outright say its illegal because they know it isn’t and any charges will be thrown out on constitutional / civil rights grounds, as they have been in the past. Informing others of police check points falls under first amendment protections and free speech.

    Its actually due to the NYPD’s bitching today that I learned about Waze, Garmin, some other app, copblock, etc. I checked Waze and its actually pretty accurate even for the rural areas out here. It pointed out both popular cop traps I already knew about. I’ll be more than happy to do my duty in making sure John Doe public is aware of the location of their public servants.

    • crow says:

      Yep, freedom of speech, baby!

    • crazyeighter says:

      That was the hardest transition to make when I left California for Tennessee in ’93. I’d been on the Left Coast for twelve years and had forgotten how anal they were about speed limits here.

  4. CC says:

    Love the way cops are always demanding everyone else make their jobs easier – can you think of anyone in the private sector acting like such prima donnas ?(outside of entertainment, anyway)frankly, I’ve never saw one work all that hard anyway.

  5. crazyeighter says:

    A few years ago, when the cops were much heavier into speed enforcement in rural areas, motorists would flash their lights to warn oncoming traffic about the speed traps. Some Good Samaritans would get busted until a judge pointed out that “the idea of speed traps was to slow people down so they’d be safer (Yeah, right.) and the Good Samaritans were assisting in this effort, so don’t bring any more of these cases to my courtroom.”

  6. Dan says:

    Empty threats from egocentric self inflated badgemonkeys. Google has FAR more political clout than the NYPD. These kind of threats only work on ignorant poor people. Making such threats to multi-billion dollar companies like Google only makes the NYPD look even MORE asinine

  7. mrgarabaldi says:

    Hey Kenny;

    I know a year or so ago that the police tried to go after Waze before because of the police location feature of the app. I use Waze a lot so it is a very useful feature.

  8. Ed357 says:

    I guess we’ll have to go back to flashing lights…..

    And the cops will harass you about it….if you flash a cop.

Play nice.