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How traffic cops in Texas are using Twitter to slow down speeders
Check your phone before you burn rubber.
If you happen to live in Keller, Texas, you can forget about that expensive radar detector—just get on Facebook or Twitter. That’s where local law enforcement will tell you exactly which roads and intersections they’re scanning for speed limit violations that day.
Keller PD, which also has a contract to monitor traffic in nearby Westlake, had noted a 17 percent spike in traffic citations, and a 27 percent rise in car accidents, over the past year. Clearly, tickets weren’t solving the problem. And while some municipalities make all their money that way, Keller Police Chief Mark Hafner is more interested in keeping drivers safe. “We can’t concern ourselves with ticket revenue,” he told a Fox affiliate.
The idea seems to be catching on already, and may soon spread to other districts.
These warnings, however, only pertain to planned surveillance; every police vehicle is equipped with radar and will pursue a speeder if necessary. Even so, the clever new system is bound to save a lot of people some hefty fines and embarrassing courtroom appearances.
It may even save some lives.
Miles Klee is a novelist and web culture reporter. The former editor of the Daily Dot’s Unclick section, Klee’s essays, satire, and fiction have appeared in Lapham’s Quarterly, Vanity Fair, 3:AM, Salon, the Awl, the New York Observer, the Millions, and the Village Voice. He's the author of two odd books of fiction, 'Ivyland' and 'True False.'