Facebook and Twitter are messing with DUI checkpoints.
Police have a difficult job. They are expected to obey the law they uphold in spite of a society that increasingly thinks they’re out to get us. Some are crooked, of course, using their authority to bully the average citizen if they’re just feeling mean. However, the general rule is that if you’re doing what you should, they’re on your side.
That doesn’t stop some people from circumventing their efforts to curb drunk driving by posting the whereabouts of DUI checkpoints on Facebook and Twitter. It is part of their job as law enforcement to stop people from breaking the law, and DUI checkpoints are meant to put a cramp in the illegal social habit. However, some people are known to look for these checkpoints and post them on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, and then anyone who thinks it’s okay to drive drunk will simply pick another route.
The police can only do so much, and so far their best ideas have involved setting up DUI checkpoints on Friday and Saturday nights as well as New Years Eve, when people are most likely to drink and drive. Sometimes they set one up outside a driveway to a brewery or barrel tasting event.
The police are now planning to circumvent the social media sites with a new strategy, involving larger DUI checkpoints and setting them up on less traveled roads, ensnaring the unwary who think they’re being clever. After all, who’s going to take the major roads when they’re trying to avoid a DUI checkpoint?
Be aware, if you’re posting DUI checkpoint locations on Facebook and Twitter, that the police are being forced to use sneakier tactics to catch drunk drivers, and they may not stick to major roads any more. In fact, they’re starting to set them up during the day and in the middle of the week.
How do you feel about Facebook and Twitter being used to mess with DUI checkpoints?