DOT has traffic apps, but many disclaimers too

The state Department of Transportation is offering a series of apps as a way to check rail and highway advisories on  smartphones.

The apps have traffic advisories and access to traffic cameras and quick links to Metro-North and Amtrak rail services. They also include scheduling and fare information, bus schedules and route, information about public transportation and more.

The apps can be installed from the DOT’s at . They are available for both iPhone and Android smartphones and prices range from free to $2.99.

But the state’s lawyers made sure there were plenty of disclaimers attached:

Disclaimer: The Connecticut Department of Transportation provides links to the apps on this page as a public service. The apps are written by third parties and ConnDOT shall not be held responsible for the content of third-party websites or any issue arising from the use of third-party applications. ConnDOT neither endorses any third-party products listed here nor makes any guarantees or representations as to accuracy or reliability.

Since the Department cannot guarantee the accuracy and timeliness of the information, the user of the apps should plan his or her travel accordingly. Those relying on the information provided by the apps do so at their own risk, and neither the Connecticut Department of Transportation nor any of its employees or agents shall be liable for the accuracy of the information on the apps, the functioning of the apps, or any actions taken in reliance thereon.

NEVER USE ANY OF THESE APPS WHILE DRIVING. Stop at a Rest Area or hand your phone to your passenger and ask them to use the information provided by the app. ConnDOT assumes no liability for damage and/or injury caused by the misuse of smartphones or smartphone apps while driving in a moving vehicle. The user assumes all liability for use or misuse of these apps on a smartphone.

Jim Shay