Social Media Forcing Police To Change DUI Checkpoint Tactics

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The night before Thanksgiving is a traditional party night, and that means police are out looking for drunk drivers.

But social media has forced officers to change their tactics.

Sgt. Doug Ogden, from Moon Township Police, says as soon as they set up a DUI checkpoint, people begin warning others on Twitter and Facebook of the exact location.

As a result, police now have to pick up and move checkpoints rather than staying in one spot all night.

Sgt. Ogden says moving them takes more time and costs more money.

Cathy Tress, from the PA DUI Association, says people who think they’re helping their friends by warning them of a checkpoint are misguided.

She says 22 people died in alcohol-related crashes last year in Pennsylvania during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

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