December 22nd, 2013 at 10:29 am
The Riverside Police Department has announced that it will begin tweeting the names of those arrested for drunk driving. Reported by the Chicago Tribune, Riverside Police Chief Tom Weitzel stated, “I’m hoping that seeing these names, and seeing the amount of arrests that Riverside makes, will send a message.” The decision was made after officers saw an increase in impaired drivers on the road–a decision which will target drivers under the age of 30. Weitzel also noted that this age bracket “accounts for the majority of drunk-driving arrests and also makes up most of the department’s new Twitter following.”
The Illinois Department of Transportation website indicates that although 16-24 year olds make up only 15.52 percent of licensed drivers in the state, they are involved in 38.85 percent of all fatal alcohol-related crashes. And in the state of Illinois, a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or greater is the level at which a driver is considered legally intoxicated. The website also states, “A driver can also be arrested and prosecuted for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) with a BAC in excess of .05 but less than .08.”
Riverside officers will tweet the offenders names, ages, and towns of residence once bond is posted or a court appearance is made. The names of drivers charged with illegal drug use will also be tweeted, as well as names of those arrested for driving with a suspended or revoked license due to drunk driving. In regards to reporting this information to the public, Weitzel stated, “It’s nothing that we’re not already giving out… It’s just that we’re going to be sending it out ourselves, through our social media account.” These reports can viewed via the Twitter handle @pdriverside.
If you have been accused of drunk driving, please contact a an experienced Illinois DUI attorney today. It is important that you seek the legal advice of a professional.