Facebook booze bus alerts axed

ROB KIDD
Last updated 14:37 14/09/2012

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Facebook pages set up to help people avoid drink drive checkpoints have been shut down.

A page called "BOP police stop locations" was set up two weeks ago and had more than 1300 followers before it closed, and this week an Auckland incarnation popped up.

However, both pages had gone by this morning.

Police spokesperson Noreen Hegarty said the pages were no different to motorists flashing their lights at oncoming traffic to warn them of police, but added that it was disappointing if they were being used by drunk drivers to avoid being caught.

She said police had no desire to control the public's Facebook content and denied any involvement in the pages' demise.

"People use all manner of means to communicate with each other and Facebook is simply another. It's a shame that some find it necessary to warn about police checking for drink drivers rather than to warn irresponsible drivers about the dangers of driving after drinking."

The creator of the Auckland page, who did not want to be named, said he only set it up because police gave him a "hard time" about his car at checkpoints and he wanted to know which areas to avoid.

"I don't drink drive, nor do I think it is good to do so," he said.

Earlier this week he said he was thinking about closing the page because he was leaving Auckland.

The one remaining page was "Rotorua Police Stop Locations", which nearly 300 had signed up to since it was set up on Monday.

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