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Police Department Will Now Tweet Names of Drivers Arrested for DUI

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.


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