If nothing else, you’ve got to love the name.
While the “advice” may be pedestrian, shut up and be polite, one has to wonder whether a drunk driver is really in a position do much reading, no less thinking. And should they blow? Most lawyers say emphatically “no,” but the video doesn’t reveal whether that piece of advice, the most critical question confronting someone stopped for drunk driving, is given.
What the app does provide, and this is every bit as crucial as suggested, is a recording of the interaction uploaded to a secure server. If it turns out to be nothing, then no loss, but if it turns out that you need a recording of the interaction, you’ve got it. And the cops can’t delete or take it from you should they seize your phone. This is a great idea.
But note the implied threat: it could put officers “on edge,” and they “might mistake the phone for a weapon.” That excuse isn’t new, and Carlos Miller at PINAC has a post (video now gone) about police making this claim as they smack a cellphone out of Adam Pringle’s hands. While there is a right to record police, no cop is going to let that get in the way of the First Rule of Policing.
Of course, the more significant aspect of the implied threat is that if the cop arguably believes you’re armed, he shoots. Yes, it will be recorded. No, it will not prevent a bullet from entering your body.
Ain’t technology marvelous?
H/T Brian Tannebaum