Major news outlets are reporting that police are frustrated by the use of Twitter to warn potentially drunk drivers of roadblocks. Police fear that this free dissemination of information may help to drink drivers escape arrest. This begs the question shouldn’t the police want people to know about roadblocks so they will take a cab or is DUI enforcement simple another means of selective revenue generation.
Studies have concluded that talking on cell phones with an earpiece and without an earpiece, texting while driving, and driving over the age of 70 are dramatically more dangerous than driving at 0.08. If public safety is really the concern why not make those actions illegal as well. A society that fears the free flow of information does not sound like a democracy.