Police use Twitter to locate illegally parked cars

Clamped CarPolice in Rome have had a tough time combatting the “creative” solutions its citizens have typically used to squeeze their cars and other vehicles into the narrow city streets. But now they’ve got a special new parking unit… Twitter.

An article from Business Insider reports that Roman police have set up the dedicated @PLRomaCapitale Twitter account in order to enlist the public in spotting parking violations. The public are encouraged to tweet the location of an illegally parked car to the account. And often – within hours of this tweet – the police will use the account to notify the public when the car has been dealt with.

Apparently, one user tweeted to the police about a particularly bad street, and just seven hours later the police tweeted in return that they had handed out a total of 25 individual fines. The move is designed to combat the “culture of rule-breaking” in the city, using social media to encourage the public to police itself for more chaos-free streets.

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