Social media posts alert drivers to checkpoints
NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Controversy is brewing over a sign that warned drivers of a DWI checkpoint. Is it freedom of speech or obstruction of justice?
"It's an issue of freedom of speech for me," Doug Odolecki said. "They wanted to make me take down my sign. They're trying to tell me that certain words on my sign are not proper."
Police in Ohio issued Odolecki a citation for obstructing justice, according to WOIO.
They said he was keeping officers from doing their job with a sign that read "Check point ahead! Turn Now!"
The story has received a lot of attention on social media, but could you get in trouble for posting something similar on social media doing the same thing in Wilmington?
A page on Facebook called "Police Roadblocks in Wilmington, NC Area" calls drivers in the area to share the locations of checkpoints they encounter.
It was created May 25 and already has more than 2,500 followers.
The page says it's not set up to encourage driving under the influence, but to help people "avoid the hassle of the currently legal, but questionable tactics that police currently employ."
Some officials believe this social media sharing is a good thing.
"We hope you see that and go, 'I don't need to drive' or 'Hey you need to drive because I've had too many to drink,'" said Sgt. Jerry Brewer with the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office. "We're hoping it's a positive thing and not a negative thing to go 'Oh well, I'll try to go around it' because we plan for that also."
Brewer added that it would be hard to get in trouble for sharing the location of a checkpoint on social media because it is considered public information.
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