App creates new controversy around drunk driving

3 years 5 months 4 weeks ago Friday, May 22 2015 May 22, 2015 Friday, May 22, 2015 3:35:00 PM CDT May 22, 2015 in News
loading

COLUMBIA - A new app has raised questions regarding traffic stops when alcohol is involved.  

The app, called "Duey Dialer," is intended to help protect an individual's rights during a DUI traffic stop. Critics have raised concerns that the app will be used to keep drunk drivers out of trouble. Co-founder and developer Daniel Delagdo said this is the opposite of the app's intended use. 

Delgado said the app is essentially a referral service, connecting those who need legal represention in a DUI case with local attorneys skilled in that area of law. 

Here's a breakdown of what the app does and does not do:

What the app DOES: 

  • Once opened, Duey Dialer automatically starts recording audio, which could then be used to supplement and cooraborate police recordings. It could also document the level of the driver's coherency.
  • When the app is closed, Duey Dialer sends the user's preprogrammed information, as well as the recorded audio, to one of ten local attorneys who have subscribed for the service. The attorneys are supposed to specialize in or at least have experience with DUI cases. Delgado said attorneys are chosen based on applications and their history and success with these type of cases.
  • The app only allows one use per 24 hour period. This means a person couldn't launch the app numerous times a day.
  • Once the app is used, any time that same user launches the app, the same attorney is contacted.  

What the app DOES NOT do:

  • Delgado said having the app is by no means a get-out-of-jail-free card. Duey Dialer sends the potential client's information and audio recording to a registered attorney, but it is the attorney's decision to take the case or not. If the audio recording suggests the the potential client is obviously intoxicated, the attorney has every right to decline the case. 

Bogdan Susan, a Columbia attorney, said drinking and driving is legal, so long as a driver isn't past what the state defines as "drunk."

It's these type of situations the app is intended for, Delgado said. 

More News

Grid
List
(CNN) -- Three Democratic senators on Monday filed a lawsuit challenging the appointment of acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker, ratcheting... More >>
1 hour ago Monday, November 19 2018 Nov 19, 2018 Monday, November 19, 2018 10:20:00 AM CST November 19, 2018 in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A Freshman wrestler at Drury University was shot in the abdomen in a hunting accident over the... More >>
2 hours ago Monday, November 19 2018 Nov 19, 2018 Monday, November 19, 2018 9:13:00 AM CST November 19, 2018 in News
ROLLA (AP) — Authorities say four people have been killed in a head-on crash in Phelps County. The Missouri... More >>
3 hours ago Monday, November 19 2018 Nov 19, 2018 Monday, November 19, 2018 8:12:00 AM CST November 19, 2018 in News
CAMDENTON - Camden County Sheriff's Deputies said a suspect is in custody in connection with a possible homicide early Monday... More >>
4 hours ago Monday, November 19 2018 Nov 19, 2018 Monday, November 19, 2018 7:32:00 AM CST November 19, 2018 in News
INDEPENDENCE (AP) — Authorities say a Missouri man who was free on bond while awaiting trial in a deadly September... More >>
4 hours ago Monday, November 19 2018 Nov 19, 2018 Monday, November 19, 2018 7:05:00 AM CST November 19, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- While hundreds of families wait in agony to learn the fate of missing loved ones, officials gave a... More >>
13 hours ago Sunday, November 18 2018 Nov 18, 2018 Sunday, November 18, 2018 10:18:00 PM CST November 18, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - A St. Louis woman is headed to California and collecting donations along the way to help the victims... More >>
14 hours ago Sunday, November 18 2018 Nov 18, 2018 Sunday, November 18, 2018 9:33:00 PM CST November 18, 2018 in News
OZARK (AP) — Springfield's yoga community is speaking out after a pastor at an Assemblies of God megachurch warned Christians... More >>
14 hours ago Sunday, November 18 2018 Nov 18, 2018 Sunday, November 18, 2018 9:15:00 PM CST November 18, 2018 in News
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi (all times local): 10:55 a.m. ... More >>
18 hours ago Sunday, November 18 2018 Nov 18, 2018 Sunday, November 18, 2018 4:59:00 PM CST November 18, 2018 in News
OMAHA (AP) — The Federal Reserve says farm income continued to decline across the Plains and western states this fall... More >>
20 hours ago Sunday, November 18 2018 Nov 18, 2018 Sunday, November 18, 2018 3:32:00 PM CST November 18, 2018 in News
BOONE COUNTY - One woman is in custody Sunday after a shooting late Saturday night on North Wester Lane, just... More >>
21 hours ago Sunday, November 18 2018 Nov 18, 2018 Sunday, November 18, 2018 2:00:00 PM CST November 18, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - City Manager Mike Matthes said he will speak at the council meeting Monday, following the announcement of changes... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, November 18 2018 Nov 18, 2018 Sunday, November 18, 2018 11:37:00 AM CST November 18, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – Turkey Day came early for people in Columbia on Saturday. The Shiloh Christian Worship Center hosted its... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, November 18 2018 Nov 18, 2018 Sunday, November 18, 2018 11:18:00 AM CST November 18, 2018 in News
SAVANNAH (AP) — A cat owner in northwestern Missouri is crafting makeshift shelters to help keep stray cats warm during... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, November 18 2018 Nov 18, 2018 Sunday, November 18, 2018 11:05:00 AM CST November 18, 2018 in News
BOONE COUNTY - One person was hospitalized Saturday evening after a shooting just east of Columbia, the Boone County Sheriff's... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, November 17 2018 Nov 17, 2018 Saturday, November 17, 2018 11:01:00 PM CST November 17, 2018 in News
LAKE OZARK - Community members gathered Saturday to raise money for the Police Unity Tour. Every year, police officers... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, November 17 2018 Nov 17, 2018 Saturday, November 17, 2018 7:12:00 PM CST November 17, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - A Columbia man is home from the hospital Saturday after spending three weeks in the ICU, recovering from... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, November 17 2018 Nov 17, 2018 Saturday, November 17, 2018 6:58:00 PM CST November 17, 2018 in News
PHELPS COUNTY - One man was airlifted to the hospital Saturday morning after he suffered "a large caliber gunshot wound... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, November 17 2018 Nov 17, 2018 Saturday, November 17, 2018 4:46:00 PM CST November 17, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 41°
12pm 39°
1pm 41°
2pm 43°
3pm 45°