RIVERSIDE, Ill. – It's just one more way to embarrass yourself online.
Get caught driving drunk in Riverside, Ill., and police say your name - and offense - will quickly be posted to Twitter.
“As soon as we arrest an individual and they bond off, we will release that information,” said Police Chief Tom Weitzel.
According to CBS Chicago, Police Chief Tom Weitzel said social media is a powerful tool, and information about drunk driving arrests is public anyway. Twitter is just a new way to name names.
“Everything we are releasing is under the Freedom of Information Act. It’s out there anyway,” he said.
Weitzel said the tweets will start going out on Monday, and one drunk driving enforcement officer will be in charge of the account. He told CBS Chicago he hopes this will be one more reason for drivers to think twice before drinking and getting behind the wheel.
Riverside police havemade 117 DUI arrests so far this year. For a town of only 9,000, Weitzel said that’s significant.
“For a small agency, out of those 117, we’re seeing repeat offenders, people who have been arrested for the third and fourth time. It’s about time we start publicizing that,” he said.