Spokane drivers fight speed traps with Twitter - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Spokane drivers fight speed traps with Twitter

SPOKANE, Wash. - A group of Spokane drivers has found a new use for the social networking web site Twitter. Instead of just updating their status, they're updating the status of local law enforcement officers in an apparent fight against speed traps.

The Twitter page is called 'SpokoPoPo' and is accompanied with the bio line "Tell us where the police are lurking. If you see one, let us know. Help Prevent tickets."

The idea behind the Twitter page is to use your cell phone and update other followers of the group on the location of police officers and speed traps. It's all made possible because Twitter updates in real time and many phones are capable of running the application.

Check out the SpokoPoPo page
Local law enforcement responded with a laugh when KHQ told them about the page. Law enforcement was amused that someone would go through that much trouble to get this type of information out.

"Tweets that are going out saying hey, they are at these locations, we do that," said Spokane Police officer John Gately. "We send our press releases to anybody who wants to know... that we're at this location, but we will still get all the violations."

The existence of the Twitter page also creates a paradox of sorts. Using your cell phone to text or, in this case, Tweet while driving can add an extra $124 to your ticket if you are pulled over for speeding.

"How many people are able to drive within their own lanes and maintain their speeds... when they're looking down at a cell phone?," said Gately. "Tweeting obviously takes a little bit of time to get all the characters and then to send it."

At this point, the SpokoPoPo page only has 12 followers and very few Tweets about where alleged speed traps are, though more people may catch on during the summer months.

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