Social media putting a "buzzkill" on DUI checkpoints

Facebook, Twitter spreading info on checkpoints

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Using social media to alert your friends that a DUI checkpoint is happening may seem like you're helping---but police say you could actually be hurting the ones you love.

"You see the checkpoint start out with a lot of traffic," Bakersfield Police Sgt. Joe Grubbs tells 23ABC.  "Then a couple hours later you see it just drop off suddenly, and that's when social media starts to hit."

The BPD saw almost three times as many DUIs this weekend through their checkpoint than it normally does.

But the rise in turning to Facebook (ie: the page "Bakersfield DUI Checkpoint Alerts") and Twitter to spread the word of those checkpoints means drunk drivers know to avoid them.

Police say to avoid worrying about checkpoints at all, you should steer clear from drinking and driving.

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