Want to avoid police roadblocks? There's a Twitter account for that
The five-O hates @RoadblocksBC.
The description for this Twitter account reads: "Keeping you updated on all roadblocks, seatbelt checks and road traps in the Lower Mainland. Do not drink and drive!" That last part is good advice.
Every day, @RoadblocksBC uses the power of crowd-sourcing to tell its followers where the police are doing their thing, whether it be a speed trap in Maple Ridge or a roadblock on the Vancouver-Burnaby border.
Here's a few recent examples:
- January 4: "@lordaaronius: Police seatbelt cellphone check southbound 152 st just before Fraser hwy"
- January 4: "@riidavis: “@irischoww: hidden speed trap westbound on dewdney right before 216th” #mapleridge
- January 2: "@Saggatron: Pig checking for cell phones just before 232 goin west down dewdeney don't get fucked" #MapleRidge
- January 1: "@A_Schismenos roadblock on oak street bridge!!! Alert Alert!!!!!!"
Needless to say, the cops aren't amused. Vancouver police are actually urging the public to stop using social media in this way, because it might help impaired drivers stay behind the wheel and, you know, kill somebody.
Of course, this just means more followers for @RoadblocksBC.