A Chicago police department announced this week that anyone arrested for DUI will be subject to having their name publicly tweeted for the entire world to see.
Riverside Police Department decided to start doing this after they say more incidences of driving under the influence of a substance have occurred recently.
“I’m hoping that seeing these names, and seeing the amount of arrests that Riverside makes, will send a message,” said Police Chief Tom Weitzel.
The department hopes that by tweeting the names of impaired drivers, more people, specifically those under the age of 30, will see the real results of drinking and/or using and driving.
According to the Chicago Tribune, “Officers will tweet the names, ages and the towns of residence for offenders after they either post bond or make a court appearance.” They will also tweet the “names of drivers who are charged with illegal drug use,” as well as “the names of anyone arrested for driving with a license that was suspended or revoked because of drunk driving.”
The department has made it clear that they will not be releasing any information that they wouldn’t normally release under public information laws. The Riverside Police Department’s twitter handle is @PDRiverside.
After boasting about speeding on Twitter, an 18-year-old who is accused of killing a bicyclist with his car had his vehicular manslaughter charge upgraded to murder. Cody Hall is now being held without bail after being charged with the murder of 58-year-old Diana Hersevoort.
Hall was going more than 80 mph in a 40 mph zone when he hit Hersevoort and her husband. Hersevoort's husband only broke an arm, but she was killed, Fox News reported.
Prosecutors were persuaded to upgrade Hall’s charge to murder after analyzing his driving record and Twitter posts.
According to Brian Welch, a supervisor of the homicide unit at the Santa Clara County district attorney's office, suspects are typically charged with murder when they are recklessly fleeing police or when they are drunk. He said it is unusual to have Twitter play a factor in murder charges.
"The challenge in these situations is proving that your defendant is the person who posted the statement," said Welch.