Organizations ask people to stop reporting police checks on the road: “It can help drunk drivers”

Speed controlPhoto: Gorm Kallestad / NTB

People report police check stations on Facebook and other social media. The organization MA Rusfri Trafikk believes such warnings can be life-threatening.

“It is time now to warn against this type of alert group. They undermine traffic safety and are potentially life-threatening because they can help both drunk drivers and other types of dangerous road users to avoid the police,” Secretary-General Elisabeth Fjellvang Kristoffersen in the traffic safety organization MA Rusfri Trafikk told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK).

Last year, 10,411 drivers were reported for driving under the influence. In January and February this year, 1,555 people were reported.

Fjellvang Kristoffersen says that a common argument among those behind the notification groups is that they do not notify people about alcohol controls.

Helping drunk drivers stay on the road

“The police also test for alcohol when they control speed. So helping to notify about checks can help let drunk drivers continue to drive while intoxicated,” she said.

The organization Av-og-Til agrees with MA Rusfri Trafikk and asks people to opt-out of these groups.

The head of the Emergency Police, Steven Hasseldal, is also concerned about professional actors who sell services that provide information about controls. 

He does not want to advocate a ban on such reporting but asks people for a change of attitude.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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