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App geared toward assisting alleged drunk drivers

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The DueyDialer on an Android phone. (WFSB photo) The DueyDialer on an Android phone. (WFSB photo)

An app geared at alleged drunk drivers is getting a lot of attention from smartphone users and officers.

It's called DueyDialer, “duey” as in the phonetic pronunciation of DUI.

Here's how it works.

Once the driver sees the flashing lights of a police officer and is pulled over, he or she can whip out a smartphone. With the touch of a button, it begins recording the exchange between the driver and the officer.

The app immediately sends the recording to a local attorney to start working on the case.

“We believe in transparency,” said Lt. Scott Custer, South Windsor police. “We have no problem with it.”

Custer said he's not bothered by the app.

“As long as it's not interfering with our investigation,” he said.

The questions are, does the app lead people to believe there are safeguards for drunk driving? Or that the outcome will be better?

“Quite frankly it doesn't change much,” Custer admitted.

“I think it's a great idea,” said Linn Miller of Manchester.

Miller called the DueyDialer an extra precaution.

“[It] helps people with their rights and makes sure the cops do their job properly and under the right laws,” she said.

Eyewitness News reached out to the Connecticut Chapter of Mothers against Drunk Driving.

It told us in a statement that “there were 114 drunk driving fatalities in Connecticut in 2013, more than 40 percent of all traffic facilities in the state. With so many options available to the people today -- rideshare services like Uber, public transportation, taxis and non-drinking designated drivers -- there's no excuse to drink and drive.”

“This is an app for someone who is anticipating being arrested for DUI,” Custer said. “And I think that really, if you're going to that level of preparation, perhaps you need to examine your drinking and driving habits.”

DueyDialer has not rolled out into Connecticut yet. However, the company said it is planning to launch it in the state eventually.

More information on the app can be found on its website here.

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