MEXICO CITY (AP) - Some Twitter users are revealing the
locations of police drunk-driving checkpoints in Mexico City and
the people behind the tweets could be prosecuted, police said
Mexico City Public Safety Department spokesman Julio Iver said
it is illegal for anyone to "divulge privileged information on
police agencies," but he did not say what sanctions the Twitter
users could face.
Mexico City police change the location of the breath-test
checkpoints each day to discourage drunk driving. Police cannot do
roving tests from their patrol cars, because the city requires that
a doctor be present to administer the exams.
A Twitter account has been tweeting the location of the
checkpoints since at least December, apparently allowing motorists
to avoid them.
Called "Anti Breath Test," the account now has over 3,400
The city's criminal code sets out fines of $455 to $2,270, and
jail terms of six months to five years, for anyone who "in any way
assists a criminal in avoiding investigation by legally constituted
authorities or in escaping from them."
As of Monday, the account continued active, with tweets from
users with nicknames like "drinkspiration," warning about
checkpoints and badmouthing the police threat of prosecution.