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Social media: A red alert for avoiding DUIs

It seems nowadays, not even police can avoid dealing with the reach of social media.

CNET.com reported that people now alert each other through Facebook and Twitter of DUI checkpoints set up by police.

The problem was minimal at first, but became more and more prevalent, which led cops to begin setting up surprise checkpoints in unexpected places.

Barbara Harsha, executive director of the Governors Highway Safety Association, noted that while social media promotes human companionship, it can be detrimental to the work of law enforcement.

"Social media cuts both ways. It can be a good tool to inform the public about what's going on, and it also can be used to undermine enforcement efforts."
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