We are removing the Checkpoint Trap from Trapster

Friday, June 10, 2011

There have been some recent news stories claiming that Trapster and similar applications will be removed from app stores over the concern of drivers using these apps to avoid DUI Checkpoints. We want to make sure Trapster stays available to you, so we have decided to remove the Checkpoint trap type from Trapster. Our goal is to enable you to have access to the data you rely on. Removing Checkpoints will allow us to now quickly meet the requirements of the app stores that have raised this issue.

We have been in discussions with you users and felt it was appropriate to get your input before making the final decision. Most of you thought that removing the checkpoint trap type would eliminate all of the debate over the purpose of our app.

We believe the inclusion of DUI checkpoints is a positive deterrent, a point of view which has been shared by law enforcement as well. We continue to believe that is the case, but place a greater importance on our ability to continue to offer the application and its entire range of benefits to our large community of users.

We believe it is important to provide a consistent consumer experience regardless of platform, so we plan on removing Checkpoints from all platforms that we are available on.

We are here if you have any questions or comments, please reach out to us through facebook or twitter, and if you need any customer support please visit our support forum.

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  • TJ

    How do we push back against Apple and their stupid, totalitarian policies? Where do I send my e-mail?

  • TJ

    How do we push back against Apple and their stupid, totalitarian policies? Where do I send my e-mail?

  • quietman

    You can’t be serious.
    I hope this is just an “Onion” style joke press release.
    Otherwise goodbye.

  • quietman

    You can’t be serious.
    I hope this is just an “Onion” style joke press release.
    Otherwise goodbye.

  • quietman

    You can’t be serious.
    I hope this is just an “Onion” style joke press release.
    Otherwise goodbye.

  • Rismo_

    Don’t send an e-mail, just don’t buy their stuff.

  • Rismo_

    Don’t send an e-mail, just don’t buy their stuff.

  • Derek Denney

    This will just lead to a push to eliminate “Police Reporting” Apps next.  It’s been nice using your service, I will continue until you are put out of business.

    • Mark Sawyer

      LOL.
      I agree! It was a good concept. This is what happens when you get a company
      that doesn’t stand up to their users rites! The users will go elseware. What a
      shame! 

  • Derek Denney

    This will just lead to a push to eliminate “Police Reporting” Apps next.  It’s been nice using your service, I will continue until you are put out of business.

  • Rismo_

    Don’t send an e-mail, just don’t buy their stuff.

  • Derek Denney

    This will just lead to a push to eliminate “Police Reporting” Apps next.  It’s been nice using your service, I will continue until you are put out of business.

  • John

    bullshit
     

  • John

    bullshit
     

  • John

    bullshit
     

  • Lucius

    I got a new CB because i figured you would be bullied out of existence, so back to the stone age. so much for free speech but you surrendered your right not me, 10-4 good buddy

  • Lucius

    I got a new CB because i figured you would be bullied out of existence, so back to the stone age. so much for free speech but you surrendered your right not me, 10-4 good buddy

  • Lucius

    I got a new CB because i figured you would be bullied out of existence, so back to the stone age. so much for free speech but you surrendered your right not me, 10-4 good buddy

  • Ken

    How about just removing the DUI Checkpoint trap from the IOS version? Why should us Android users suffer from Apple’s stupidity?

  • Ken

    How about just removing the DUI Checkpoint trap from the IOS version? Why should us Android users suffer from Apple’s stupidity?

  • Thepaw78

    Well I see no point in having the app. Its a shame more & more of our freedoms & rights r being taken away. Its not right every 1 has to b treated as they r breaking the law when they r not. So long…

  • Thepaw78

    Well I see no point in having the app. Its a shame more & more of our freedoms & rights r being taken away. Its not right every 1 has to b treated as they r breaking the law when they r not. So long…

  • Thepaw78

    Well I see no point in having the app. Its a shame more & more of our freedoms & rights r being taken away. Its not right every 1 has to b treated as they r breaking the law when they r not. So long…

  • Niro

    When will it stop? You give in to these ridiculous demands, they’ll never end. First, it’ll be the checkpoints, then what, the speed traps too? Trapster would cease to have any purpose. Make a stand and refuse to remove checkpoints from the app. The rest of us shouldn’t have to get a crippled app because iPhone users like to take it in every orifice they can from Apple.

  • Niro

    When will it stop? You give in to these ridiculous demands, they’ll never end. First, it’ll be the checkpoints, then what, the speed traps too? Trapster would cease to have any purpose. Make a stand and refuse to remove checkpoints from the app. The rest of us shouldn’t have to get a crippled app because iPhone users like to take it in every orifice they can from Apple.

  • Niro

    When will it stop? You give in to these ridiculous demands, they’ll never end. First, it’ll be the checkpoints, then what, the speed traps too? Trapster would cease to have any purpose. Make a stand and refuse to remove checkpoints from the app. The rest of us shouldn’t have to get a crippled app because iPhone users like to take it in every orifice they can from Apple.

  • Anonymous

    Why not just remove the “DUI” designation and just have ‘checkpoints’? I know if I drive past a DUI checkpoint I’ll still report it, probably as ‘live police’.

    • Mark Sawyer

      Exactly!
      People will just start using a different trap type for the checkpoint, rendering
      the deletion of that trap type pointless. It doesn’t make any since. 

  • Anonymous

    Why not just remove the “DUI” designation and just have ‘checkpoints’? I know if I drive past a DUI checkpoint I’ll still report it, probably as ‘live police’.

  • Anonymous

    Why not just remove the “DUI” designation and just have ‘checkpoints’? I know if I drive past a DUI checkpoint I’ll still report it, probably as ‘live police’.

  • Anonymous

    @ Jeffrey – if you really think this is because of democrats in particular, you’re a moron.

  • Anonymous

    @ Jeffrey – if you really think this is because of democrats in particular, you’re a moron.

  • Anonymous

    @ Jeffrey – if you really think this is because of democrats in particular, you’re a moron.

  • bill

    why dont you just retitle it speed trap of unknown origin or type why remove it – sounds like a stupid way to cave in to pressure.  Not that I drink – just takes functionality out of your product.

  • bill

    why dont you just retitle it speed trap of unknown origin or type why remove it – sounds like a stupid way to cave in to pressure.  Not that I drink – just takes functionality out of your product.

  • ahandyandy

    Very well said, I agree with you 100%. I thought that was the best feature trapster had. Leave it up to the law and they will soon change everything… They have control of everything and can do anything they want to… Special thanks to the founder of trapster it is a perfect app and has saved millions of people’s time and money. A single ticket could cost hundreds of dollars. If not thousands…

    Everyone just keep lookin out for each other…

  • ahandyandy

    Very well said, I agree with you 100%. I thought that was the best feature trapster had. Leave it up to the law and they will soon change everything… They have control of everything and can do anything they want to… Special thanks to the founder of trapster it is a perfect app and has saved millions of people’s time and money. A single ticket could cost hundreds of dollars. If not thousands…

    Everyone just keep lookin out for each other…

  • ahandyandy

    Very well said, I agree with you 100%. I thought that was the best feature trapster had. Leave it up to the law and they will soon change everything… They have control of everything and can do anything they want to… Special thanks to the founder of trapster it is a perfect app and has saved millions of people’s time and money. A single ticket could cost hundreds of dollars. If not thousands…

    Everyone just keep lookin out for each other…

  • Grg810

    App stores have no reason or right to do something like this. This is for users to decide not some big brother retarded moron. 

    • RW

      Apple is a PRIVATE company, they can enforce what ever policies they want on their App Store.

  • Grg810

    App stores have no reason or right to do something like this. This is for users to decide not some big brother retarded moron. 

    • RW

      Apple is a PRIVATE company, they can enforce what ever policies they want on their App Store.

  • Grg810

    App stores have no reason or right to do something like this. This is for users to decide not some big brother retarded moron. 

    • RW

      Apple is a PRIVATE company, they can enforce what ever policies they want on their App Store.

  • Jonathan

    Leave them…

  • Jonathan

    Leave them…

  • Jonathan

    Leave them…

  • Nvrtoo Fast

    If Apple insists you remove it, cripple ONLY the Apple version. Google has a better record of standing up for their user’s rights. In fact, Google has flat out STOOD UP to the Chinese government and other governments being oppressive, and would rather pull out of a country completely than back down in cases.

    So, keep the Google Android version full-featured, and CRIPPLE the APPLE version only. I bet your Android users will thank you. And seeing that Android is now becoming increasingly popular, and will or already has surpassed Apple, Trapster will gain a whole new level of respect.

    • Chiefsteve

      yes! Our thugs are no different than China’s thugs, they are ALL bullies

  • Nvrtoo Fast

    If Apple insists you remove it, cripple ONLY the Apple version. Google has a better record of standing up for their user’s rights. In fact, Google has flat out STOOD UP to the Chinese government and other governments being oppressive, and would rather pull out of a country completely than back down in cases.

    So, keep the Google Android version full-featured, and CRIPPLE the APPLE version only. I bet your Android users will thank you. And seeing that Android is now becoming increasingly popular, and will or already has surpassed Apple, Trapster will gain a whole new level of respect.

    • Chiefsteve

      yes! Our thugs are no different than China’s thugs, they are ALL bullies

  • Nvrtoo Fast

    If Apple insists you remove it, cripple ONLY the Apple version. Google has a better record of standing up for their user’s rights. In fact, Google has flat out STOOD UP to the Chinese government and other governments being oppressive, and would rather pull out of a country completely than back down in cases.

    So, keep the Google Android version full-featured, and CRIPPLE the APPLE version only. I bet your Android users will thank you. And seeing that Android is now becoming increasingly popular, and will or already has surpassed Apple, Trapster will gain a whole new level of respect.

  • Matt Roberts

    Apple’s guidelines say: “Apps which contain DUI checkpoints that are not published by law
    enforcement agencies, or encourage and enable drunk driving, will be
    rejected.”

    So why can’t you put a checkpoint trap when the police announces its location ?

    What’s next? When Apple decides that it’s bad to report the location of speed cameras you will remove those too?

    • Mark Sawyer

      Apparently
      they think “Road Kill” is more important. Hey, I have an idea. They
      should rename their App to that. “Road Kill”! Because that’s what they are going to
      wind up being if they keep letting outside organizations violate our constitutional
      right to FREE SPEECH!

  • knobache (Moderator)

    If you must insist on degrading your own app, and caving in to “Big Brother” pressure from Crapple, why would you block ALL the phones??
    Again, give the app to Cydia and everyone would have another reason to Jailbreak and finally own their own phones?
    Trapster’s response to this pressure has been weak and craven.
    This is not a strong app any more!

  • knobache (Moderator)

    If you must insist on degrading your own app, and caving in to “Big Brother” pressure from Crapple, why would you block ALL the phones??
    Again, give the app to Cydia and everyone would have another reason to Jailbreak and finally own their own phones?
    Trapster’s response to this pressure has been weak and craven.
    This is not a strong app any more!

  • knobache (Moderator)

    If you must insist on degrading your own app, and caving in to “Big Brother” pressure from Crapple, why would you block ALL the phones??
    Again, give the app to Cydia and everyone would have another reason to Jailbreak and finally own their own phones?
    Trapster’s response to this pressure has been weak and craven.
    This is not a strong app any more!

  • Cheyne Nadeau

    Removing this function on this application is a bummer. I think everyone agrees that this feature is one of the most important on this application. I’ve already started using it less since I cannot report checkpoints or recieve them when someone else reports one.

    If there is a fear that it will be pulled from the App store why not make a web-enabled version like Sig Alert? That why you can bypass the App store and bookmark on the iPhone. Hopefully you guys actually read the feedback here on this thread and change your decision.

  • Cheyne Nadeau

    Removing this function on this application is a bummer. I think everyone agrees that this feature is one of the most important on this application. I’ve already started using it less since I cannot report checkpoints or recieve them when someone else reports one.

    If there is a fear that it will be pulled from the App store why not make a web-enabled version like Sig Alert? That why you can bypass the App store and bookmark on the iPhone. Hopefully you guys actually read the feedback here on this thread and change your decision.

  • Anonymous

    Perhaps you should add “speed limits” which would be helpful.

  • Fourstones1

    Yep… Fraid of a little heat!!

  • Fourstones1

    Yep… Fraid of a little heat!!

  • Anonymous

    Sen Reid et al wanted cheap publicity and the opportunity to bully someone to demonstrate (falsely) that they were ‘doing something’ about a nonexistent problem.  Unfortunately you played right into their hands.

  • Anonymous

    Sen Reid et al wanted cheap publicity and the opportunity to bully someone to demonstrate (falsely) that they were ‘doing something’ about a nonexistent problem.  Unfortunately you played right into their hands.

  • Anonymous

    Sen Reid et al wanted cheap publicity and the opportunity to bully someone to demonstrate (falsely) that they were ‘doing something’ about a nonexistent problem.  Unfortunately you played right into their hands.

  • 61caddy

    Trapster, when checkpoint goes away, sadly so do you

  • 61caddy

    Trapster, when checkpoint goes away, sadly so do you

    • Mark Sawyer

      Like I said in my earlier post!

  • 61caddy

    Trapster, when checkpoint goes away, sadly so do you

  • Parrish99

    Terrible news . No checkpoints? Why use Trapster at all? Don’t BS us with that wishy washy flip floppy blog post. It’s a shame because you know that Information should NEVER be policed.  Why else write this app in the first place? Not to mention it’s extremely bad precedent for those of us who will continue to fight the slow erosion of these simple yet powerful rights.  Escpecially when you could actually make an impact, and refuse to back down.  Thanks a lot.  So, what exactly does the name of this app mean now anyway.?

  • Parrish99

    Terrible news . No checkpoints? Why use Trapster at all? Don’t BS us with that wishy washy flip floppy blog post. It’s a shame because you know that Information should NEVER be policed.  Why else write this app in the first place? Not to mention it’s extremely bad precedent for those of us who will continue to fight the slow erosion of these simple yet powerful rights.  Escpecially when you could actually make an impact, and refuse to back down.  Thanks a lot.  So, what exactly does the name of this app mean now anyway.?

  • Parrish99

    Terrible news . No checkpoints? Why use Trapster at all? Don’t BS us with that wishy washy flip floppy blog post. It’s a shame because you know that Information should NEVER be policed.  Why else write this app in the first place? Not to mention it’s extremely bad precedent for those of us who will continue to fight the slow erosion of these simple yet powerful rights.  Escpecially when you could actually make an impact, and refuse to back down.  Thanks a lot.  So, what exactly does the name of this app mean now anyway.?

  • Parrish99

    I hope you plan to let users KNOW this pitiful decision. Of course you won’t. Why risk the immediate uninstall?  I myself wouldn’t even know of this, but I came by to praise you guys for a great service. Wow, guess not.  Anyway, thank baby jesus I didn’t find this out by driving up onto a few sideway cruisers! You do realize that someone else WILL don’t you? You really need to notify all users upon start up if you still want us to believe you really actually care about your users or  their rights.

  • Parrish99

    I hope you plan to let users KNOW this pitiful decision. Of course you won’t. Why risk the immediate uninstall?  I myself wouldn’t even know of this, but I came by to praise you guys for a great service. Wow, guess not.  Anyway, thank baby jesus I didn’t find this out by driving up onto a few sideway cruisers! You do realize that someone else WILL don’t you? You really need to notify all users upon start up if you still want us to believe you really actually care about your users or  their rights.

  • Parrish99

    I hope you plan to let users KNOW this pitiful decision. Of course you won’t. Why risk the immediate uninstall?  I myself wouldn’t even know of this, but I came by to praise you guys for a great service. Wow, guess not.  Anyway, thank baby jesus I didn’t find this out by driving up onto a few sideway cruisers! You do realize that someone else WILL don’t you? You really need to notify all users upon start up if you still want us to believe you really actually care about your users or  their rights.

  • Wsteele

    First they came for the “checkpoint” button, and I didnt speak out because I dont drive drunk….

    Then they came for the “red light camera” button and I didn’t speak out because I don’t run lights….

    I know it’s a bit of a stretch for that quote, but the basis is the same– they have an easier time “whittling it down to nothing” than they do wiping it out with one fell swoop. “Live Police” is next.

    Everyone has their own agenda, how far your own agenda gets is a product of how far you are willing to push.

    • Mark Sawyer

      My AGENDA is to keep my rite to free speech from being whittled away.

  • Wsteele

    First they came for the “checkpoint” button, and I didnt speak out because I dont drive drunk….

    Then they came for the “red light camera” button and I didn’t speak out because I don’t run lights….

    I know it’s a bit of a stretch for that quote, but the basis is the same– they have an easier time “whittling it down to nothing” than they do wiping it out with one fell swoop. “Live Police” is next.

    Everyone has their own agenda, how far your own agenda gets is a product of how far you are willing to push.

    • Mark Sawyer

      My AGENDA is to keep my rite to free speech from being whittled away.

  • Wsteele

    First they came for the “checkpoint” button, and I didnt speak out because I dont drive drunk….

    Then they came for the “red light camera” button and I didn’t speak out because I don’t run lights….

    I know it’s a bit of a stretch for that quote, but the basis is the same– they have an easier time “whittling it down to nothing” than they do wiping it out with one fell swoop. “Live Police” is next.

    Everyone has their own agenda, how far your own agenda gets is a product of how far you are willing to push.

    • Mark Sawyer

      My AGENDA is to keep my rite to free speech from being whittled away.

  • Mark Sawyer

    So… you guys sold out! Instead of
    fighting for the right to freedom of information and speech, you caved in and
    deleted one of your biggest trap types, “Checkpoint”, and replaced it
    with what, Road Kill? Really? Come on fellas. Really? Road Kill?! Guess your
    rite. That’s way better then “Checkpoint” I know I want to know about that
    dead possum in the road instead of traffic backed up for miles because of a
    check point on a major street. COME ON! I am really disappointed. FREEDOM OF
    SPEACH IS ONE OF OUR BASIC RIGHTS AS AMERICAN CITIZANS! I don’t care what
    format it’s in! So now when I come across a check point, your App is absolutely
    useless!! HEY HELLO! THE NAME OF YOUR APP IS “TRAPSTER”! Not
    “PUSSTER”! Wow, you know, now you guys have more NON trap type alerts now
    then you do trap type alerts. You guys otta rename this App to Road Hazards! I
    have other names in mind, but that one was the nicest. Sorry, I just get a
    little pissed when someone or something tries to F^%k with my freedom that I
    fought and gave over 10 years of my life to protect!! I would have told Apple
    to go take a flying leap and let their customers complain to THEM as to why
    they can’t get Trapster. YOU GUYS ARE SELLING OUT OUR FREEDOM to the highest
    bidder! I just gotta ask who’s the ROCKET SCIENTIEST that figured by deleting
    that trap type would cut back on compromising the location of a road block? In
    this day and age of digital information? Rally? No one realized that one could
    send a mass E-mail and/or SMS (Text) message to everyone in ones contact list
    to the exact location of the Checkpoint. I guess Apple will try and remove
    messaging capabilities from everyone’s phone! NOT LIKELEY! My point is; if
    someone wants to share information about ANYTHING, trap or not, no COMMUNIEST
    organization is going to stop it! Not in this day and age. They just won’t use
    “Trapster” to do it! Not anymore! I guess it really is true that all
    good things must come to an end and if you guys let some out side agencies SCARE you in
    to DICtating what kind of traps to keep out of your INFORMATION SHAREING
    database, or lack of the word, your company will suffer the same fate,
    DELEATION!

  • Mark Sawyer

    So… you guys sold out! Instead of
    fighting for the right to freedom of information and speech, you caved in and
    deleted one of your biggest trap types, “Checkpoint”, and replaced it
    with what, Road Kill? Really? Come on fellas. Really? Road Kill?! Guess your
    rite. That’s way better then “Checkpoint” I know I want to know about that
    dead possum in the road instead of traffic backed up for miles because of a
    check point on a major street. COME ON! I am really disappointed. FREEDOM OF
    SPEACH IS ONE OF OUR BASIC RIGHTS AS AMERICAN CITIZANS! I don’t care what
    format it’s in! So now when I come across a check point, your App is absolutely
    useless!! HEY HELLO! THE NAME OF YOUR APP IS “TRAPSTER”! Not
    “PUSSTER”! Wow, you know, now you guys have more NON trap type alerts now
    then you do trap type alerts. You guys otta rename this App to Road Hazards! I
    have other names in mind, but that one was the nicest. Sorry, I just get a
    little pissed when someone or something tries to F^%k with my freedom that I
    fought and gave over 10 years of my life to protect!! I would have told Apple
    to go take a flying leap and let their customers complain to THEM as to why
    they can’t get Trapster. YOU GUYS ARE SELLING OUT OUR FREEDOM to the highest
    bidder! I just gotta ask who’s the ROCKET SCIENTIEST that figured by deleting
    that trap type would cut back on compromising the location of a road block? In
    this day and age of digital information? Rally? No one realized that one could
    send a mass E-mail and/or SMS (Text) message to everyone in ones contact list
    to the exact location of the Checkpoint. I guess Apple will try and remove
    messaging capabilities from everyone’s phone! NOT LIKELEY! My point is; if
    someone wants to share information about ANYTHING, trap or not, no COMMUNIEST
    organization is going to stop it! Not in this day and age. They just won’t use
    “Trapster” to do it! Not anymore! I guess it really is true that all
    good things must come to an end and if you guys let some out side agencies SCARE you in
    to DICtating what kind of traps to keep out of your INFORMATION SHAREING
    database, or lack of the word, your company will suffer the same fate,
    DELEATION!

  • Mark Sawyer

    YEP! “Live Police” will be the next thing to go I bet. Until then, people will use that trap type to report Checkpoints! Come on Trapster! What where you thinking?! Are where you.

  • Mark Sawyer

    YEP! “Live Police” will be the next thing to go I bet. Until then, people will use that trap type to report Checkpoints! Come on Trapster! What where you thinking?! Are where you.

  • Mark Sawyer

    YEP! “Live Police” will be the next thing to go I bet. Until then, people will use that trap type to report Checkpoints! Come on Trapster! What where you thinking?! Are where you.

  • Michaelcarmonajr

    You are allowing the government to censor your freedom of speech. You are the type that will suffer in the end and wonder why. You removed DUI or check points to be more accurate; therefore, I will remove your, now, junk application, Trapster! Asta La Vista you commies!

  • Michaelcarmonajr

    You are allowing the government to censor your freedom of speech. You are the type that will suffer in the end and wonder why. You removed DUI or check points to be more accurate; therefore, I will remove your, now, junk application, Trapster! Asta La Vista you commies!

  • Michaelcarmonajr

    You are allowing the government to censor your freedom of speech. You are the type that will suffer in the end and wonder why. You removed DUI or check points to be more accurate; therefore, I will remove your, now, junk application, Trapster! Asta La Vista you commies!

  • The Only Sane Person Here

    Wow, there are a ton of alcoholics out there…

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