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Technology helps drunk drivers avoid jail time

3 years 9 months 5 days ago August 21, 2013 Aug 21, 2013 Wednesday, August 21 2013 August 21, 2013 9:35 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Brittany Weiss

BATON ROUGE - There's an app for that. A Baton Rouge lawyer says he's taking advantage of social media, by helping out drivers who enjoy an occasional drink.

"I'm not there to argue with anyone," said Jarrett Ambeau of Ambeau Law Firm, LLC.

"Or to change antibody's view. I'm really just putting some information out." he added.

Ambeau says if you're driving drunk, you shouldn't be on the road in the first place, but he's turned to social media to help people avoid sticky situations. He started a Facebook page, listing checkpoints found by followers, which are then pushed to an app and Twitter.

"As a society, we agree that people can reasonably go out and have a drink and go home and do it responsibly," he said.

Police say the app could be a good warning tool.

"The fact that this app is out there, it might make people more aware of the dangers of impaired driving," said Louisiana State Police Trooper Jared Sandifer.

Police are mandated by law to announce a checkpoint beforehand.

The app is free and available for Android. Ambeau says an app for iPhone will be ready in a few weeks.

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