Valley Drivers Turning to Twitter to Warn of DUI Checkpoints
As far as having their cover blown, police say they don't really care -- they often advertise DUI sweeps and checkpoints as a deterrent. However, they are concerned with people who may be tweeting while they're supposed to be driving.
Police suspect that many of the often worthless warnings are cast into cyberspace via-Smartphones -- like the iPhone or a Blackerry -- while people are driving their cars.
In a world where texting while driving is now deemed as dangerous as driving hammered, updating Facebook or Twitter statuses is also a no-no.
"That brief fraction of a second that it takes to send a message, to hit a key or find a key, can be deadly," Phoenix police spokesman Tommy Thompson tells CBS 5.
Thompson points out that warning other motorists of DUI checkpoints is not a crime but warns that in Phoenix, texting while driving is a secondary offense and anyone caught doing so may be ticketed.