ALBERTA
01/02/2014 04:19 EST | Updated 01/23/2014 10:53 EST

Edmonton Checkstop Tweets Fight Those Revealing Roadblock Locations (TWEETS)

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It looks like Edmonton police aren't the only ones who have a problem with people tweeting Checkstop locations.

Dozens of Edmonton-area residents took to Twitter New Year's Eve to tweet out fake, and sometimes funny, Checkstop locations, in an attempt to curb those responsible for tweeting out actual locations.

Some of the tweets were obvious jokes, but others reported locations on Edmonton streets where no Checkstop had been set up.

Both Edmonton and Calgary police have pleaded with social media users to stop tweeting the locations of the road-side checks set up to catch drunk drivers.

While it's not illegal to tweet the locations, police have argued sharing Checkstop locations undermines work by the police to get impaired drivers off the roads.

"We’re trying to keep everybody safe out there," Edmonton Police Service spokesman Scott Pattison told the Edmonton Journal earlier this week.

"The whole goal of the (Checkstop) program is to make sure everyone gets home safely. By posting locations of checkstops, you’re circumventing that whole process.”

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However, the debate about whether tweeting Checkstop locations is right or wrong has been ongoing, particularily on Reddit, where users discuss the merits and pitfalls of the tweets.

Some take the side of police, arguing Checkstop tweets allow potential drunk drivers to elude roadblocks, and put lives in danger as a result.

Those committed to tweeting the locations, however, argue that by alerting people to Checkstops, it will deter drunk drivers from getting in their cars in the first place, knowing police are cracking down on impaired people.

According to the Journal, in 2012 there were 78 people killed and 1,268 injured in Alberta by impaired drivers.