Twitter May Warn You of DUI Checkpoints

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Phoenix police say more and more drivers are turning to their Twitter and Facebook pages to warn other motorists of police checkpoints and stretches of road with large police presences to help folks avoid getting dreaded DUIs.

Police say they really aren’t concerned about getting their cover blown–they often advertise DUI sweeps and checkpoints as a deterrent. However, they do feel concern for people who may be tweeting while they’re supposed to be driving.

Police suspect that many of the often worthless warnings are cast into cyberspace via-Smartphones — like the iPhone or a Blackerry — while people are driving their cars.

In a world where texting while driving is now deemed as dangerous as driving hammered, updating Facebook or Twitter statuses is also a no-no.

It only take a brief fraction of a second when you’re sending that message, when you’re searching for a key or typing a key, when it can be deadly.

Warning other motorists of DUI checkpoints is not a crime but remember that in Phoenix, texting while driving can be considered reckless driving and anyone caught doing so may be ticketed. We’re still waiting on legislation, but in the future, texting while driving may be its own, separate, punishable offense.

If you’ve been drinking and decide to check Twitter of Facebook on your drive home, you could most certainly land yourself in a lot of danger. Please know that doing either separate, let alone simultaneously, is not a wise idea.

This post was intended to provide general information only and is not intended as specific legal advice. You should not rely upon this information alone, but should consult legal counsel regarding the application of the laws and regulations discussed and as applied to your specific case or circumstance.