Facebook and Twitter Changing Drunk Driving History

by: Mike Miller

How can that title be possible? Is Facebook that big and powerful? It sure is!

As a counselor for both in-class and online alcohol classes and online drug classes I am learning about the most recent trend to warn other drivers about DUI checkpoint locations.

I am sure if the technology was available to me back in my crazy days I would have used it to. Is this sharing of information strong enough to get rid of DUI checkpoints altogether? It certainly is causing police to think outside of the box.

At first, it seems that police were a little bemused by the very idea that people wouldn't want other people to be caught by the police.

Now, however, some police forces have decided to use more sprightly tactics to ensnare those who are unwise enough to imbibe and drive.

Is it possible that big checkpoints may be on the way out?

They're too obvious, take too long to set up and word travels too quickly, as they're so often located on busy roads -- on the shooting-fish-in-barrel principle.

Now, some police forces say they are using roads less traveled and even setting up in the middle of the week in order to catch their quota.

Is informing others on Facebook and Twitter that the police are out in force truly undermining enforcement efforts? Or does it, in fact, show a peculiar form of solidarity that isn't always evident in other aspects of social life? Banding together to fight the system is common, but in this case it is plain wrong.