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3:11 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Texas Police Use Social Media To Warn Drivers About "Speed Traps"

Credit U.S. Air Force photo by Airmen 1st Class Colin Cates

Police in North Texas say the term "speed trap" is becoming a misnomer as they're turning to social media to notify motorists where officers are watching for speeders.

Police in Keller, north of Fort Worth, started using Twitter and other social sites earlier this month to post the locations of officers with radar guns. They say the intention is to get motorists to slow down.

Two weeks after starting the routine, Keller police added 1,113 followers on Twitter and 2,187 friends on Facebook.

Dallas police began the practice shortly after Keller.

Meanwhile, two other North Texas departments, Arlington and Fort Worth, don't post daily accountings of speed patrols, but do use social media to inform the public of crime alerts and other matters.

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Information from: Fort Worth Star-Telegram, http://www.star-telegram.com

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