Mike Stevens | Jul 23, 2009

TWITTER, the social networking 'micro-blogging' website which has quickly built momentum among internet dwellers, now counts Victoria Police among its users.

Victoria's top traffic cop, Deputy Commissioner Ken Lay, announced today that he would begin 'tweeting' about the bad behaviour of motorists nabbed across Victoria tonight, coinciding with Operation Ardent.

Operation Ardent, a three-day blitz focusing on road trauma and fatalities, will target reckless drivers on Victoria's most dangerous roads, and will cover Brimbank, Melbourne, Boroondara, Casey, Yarra Ranges, Kingston, Mornington Peninsula, Dandenong, Frankston and Geelong.

“Operation Ardent is unprecedented in its scale and concentration. It is a first for Victoria,” he said.

“Ardent has been designed to have maximum impact and effectiveness in catching speeding and dangerous drivers.”

Mr Lay said that he will use Twitter to dob reckless motorists into their friends and the 'twitterverse' at large, announcing details on high alcohol readings and information about vehicles caught travelling at excessive speeds.

“Many young people use Twitter on their mobile phones, even when they’re out drinking and socialising,” he said.

“If posting the details of bad behaviour on Twitter stops even one person from getting in their car and driving drunk, it will be worth it.”

The curious and concerned alike will be able to follow Deputy Commissioner Lay's 'tweets' at www.twitter.com/VictoriaPolice from 7pm tonight, and reply back via their own Twitter accounts.

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