Social Media's Impact on DUI Checkpoints

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AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- Law enforcement is cracking down on drunk drivers this holiday season.

Some areas have checkpoints, but technology is making some agencies switch their strategy.

Mike Marcellin doesn't plan to drive on New Year's Eve.

"I don't want to be out there driving while I am under the influence and I don't necessarily want to restrict what I am drinking. The way to solve that problem is to hire a car," said Marcellin.

Monty Sellers with the Augusta County Sheriff's Office will be looking for drunk drivers on the roads instead of at set checkpoints.

"If you are there over fifteen to twenty minutes, it's pretty well out that people know where you are at," said Sellers.

He said social media makes it easier for people to tell others.

"They post exactly where we are at and once it is out, It is like a domino effect, the traffic in that area starts to die down," said Sellers.

There are also several apps that will alert people about checkpoints, giving the locations of cops.

"It's a free society, we can do what we want. So I think the apps are fine," said Marcellin.

However for Sellers, they make his job harder, which is why having four extra deputies patrolling the county may be a better option.

"It is more effective because you are getting to travel more area. You are getting to see more things," said Sellers.

"I think it is a better idea. It is less an invasion of privacy and more importantly you can watch how someone is driving or whatever," said Marcellin.

Sellers said the weather is another reason they did not do checkpoints.

Deputies will patrol main routes and follow up on any DUI reports on New Year's Eve. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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