RENO, NV - The Nevada Highway Patrol is getting ready to implement a system designed to offer alerts about traffic problems using social media. The system will use Facebook, Twitter and Nixle, a public service social media tool.
According to the Department of Public Safety: Currently, Law Enforcement Agencies have embraced the idea of utilizing social media to improve the distribution of pertinent information or requests in real time. Nevada DPS has selected to begin with Nixle which is a social media outlet that provides communities throughout the country with news and information that is both proximate and personally relevant. This technology has proven critical for increasing transparency and access to public agency information and advisories. It makes valuable public and traffic safety information instantaneously available over, SMS, mobile applications, email, and the web.
With the implementation of social media access, the Nevada Highway Patrol will be able to give the public current and valuable information in a more efficient and timely manner, including updates on traffic related incidents, community safety events and traffic advisories.
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