AirTalk for October 9, 2013

Should Twitter shut down accounts that publicize DUI checkpoints?

NTSB Recommends States Reduce Blood Alcohol Level Threshold For Drunk Driving Offenses

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City of Miami police officer Allixen Stevens II speaks to a driver during a DUI checkpoint on in Miami, Florida. The National Transportation Safety Board recently recommended that states should lower the legal limit of blood alcohol content that indicates drunken driving - currently 0.08 nationwide - to 0.05. States determine the limit, but the federal government can pressure states to meet its standard.

 A Brazilian lawmaker has sued the San Francisco company for allowing users in the country to tweet locations of DUI checkpoints, thus enabling drunken drivers to elude capture. Gizmodo reports that one such account has more than 300,000 users in Brazil.

Officials in that country liken this type of service as encouraging drinking and driving and the lawsuit filed earlier this week is asking Twitter to pay a $290,000 fine for every day it fails to disable these accounts. Southern California has a similar operation in the form of MrCheckpoint.

Its owner and operator, Sennett Davermont, argues that he is merely providing a valuable service to his users, which actually gets people to think twice before driving while intoxicated. What do you think?

Guest:

Sennett Devermont , Founder and Operator of MrCheckpoint.com


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