If you live just outside of Chicago and are arrested for a DUI, you may just see your name in the Twitterverse.
The Riverside Police Department is going to be Tweeting the names, ages and towns of residence of DUI suspects to encourage other drivers to not drive impaired.
“I’m hoping that seeing these names, and seeing the amount of arrests that Riversides makes, will send a message,” stated Riverside Police Chief Tom Weitzel.
Weitzel and his team plan on targeting drivers under 30, who are most likely to drive impaired in Riverside. Furthermore, a lot people in this age-range follow the police department’s Twitter account.
In addition to Tweeting the names and information of DUI offenders, the Riverside Police Department will also tweet drivers who are arrested under the influence of drugs and drivers who are arrested for driving with a license that was suspended due to drunk driving.
Now, you’re probably thinking, “Is it legal for the police department to be tweeting this information?”
The answer is absolutely. The information will be tweeted after the DUI offender posts bond or makes a court appearance. At that point, this information is already public.
“It’s nothing that we’re not already giving out,” stated Weitzel. “It’s just that we’re going to be sending it out ourselves, through our social media account.”
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Source: Chicago Tribune