Because of social media and blogs such as this one, police are trying to come up with news ways in setting up DUI checkpoints to catch drunk drivers off-guard.
In an article published online by CNet, police are reported to begin transitioning how they go about setting up DUI checkpoints. This is a result of people taking to social media to warn others of where and when DUI checkpoints will be held.
Police and others believe that spreading the news of a DUI checkpoint undermines the point of a checkpoint. Furthermore, announcing where DUI checkpoints will be could potentially prevent police officers from meeting their required quota in catching traffic violations.
Therefore, police forces are coming up with new tactics to keep people from Tweeting or Facebooking about DUI checkpoints. Some of these tactics include holding checkpoints on smaller side streets as opposed to more public roads and having checkpoints take place during the week as opposed to the weekend.
However, it was yet to be determined if these new tactics will actually keep people from finding out about DUI checkpoints.
First, police departments are technically required to announce that they will be holding DUI checkpoints. If they don’t, it could be considered illegal search and seizure.
Second, with today’s technology, people can share information within seconds. They don’t even need to be sitting at their desktops reading about a checkpoint in order to distribute information. People could be sharing news about a DUI checkpoint while the checkpoint is actually taking place! It is nearly impossible to control what people Tweet, Instagram and share online. It is equally as impossible to control how people access this information because society relies on mobile technology as a primary mean of obtaining information.
Speaking from personal experience, knowing that there is a DUI checkpoint taking place can perhaps prevent one from drinking and driving. Being aware that police are patrolling, specifically looking for drunk drivers, can be an incentive for people for make more responsible decisions such as limiting the amount of alcohol they drink or calling a cab.
The sad truth is that a DUI arrest can ruin your life is you’re found guilty. Remember, if you’ve been arrested for a DUI, it is in your best interest to call an attorney to discuss your options. You don’t have to go to jail for a DUI. Your life doesn’t have to be over.