Twitter to debut in drink driving blitz

Victoria Police will tonight start using Twitter to enforce driver safety

Microblogging site Twitter will be employed by the Victoria Police in the fight against drunk and dangerous driving.

Coinciding with the launch of Operation Ardent — a three-day road safety blitz — Deputy Commissioner for Road Policing Ken Lay will tonight begin tweeting boozy breath test readings recorded by the police in an attempt to enforce the safe driving message amongst young drivers.

“Many young people use Twitter on their mobile phones, even when they’re out drinking and socialising,” Lay said.

“If posting the details of bad behaviour on Twitter stops even one person from getting in their car and driving drunk, it will be worth it.”

Lay will tweet details of high alcohol readings and information about vehicles caught speeding.

The blitz will target roads in the regions that have Victoria’s worst record of road crashes.

Internet users will be able to see the tweets on the Victoria Police Twitter page, from 7pm AEST.

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