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Transit Police To Tweet Locations Warning Fare Evaders

Starting this fall, Lower Mainland Transit Police will be giving you a heads up of where they plan to be checking for fare evaders via Twitter!

TransLink will send notes to traffic reporters, which will then post tweets to it’s audience. To some, this may not make a lot of sense, but according to Transit Police, the whole concept behind it is to warn transit users where police may be patrolling that day, to encourage passengers to purchase tickets because they will already be aware that the police will be checking. This strategy is better known as informed compliance.

Others find this strategy of informed compliance pointless, such as Jordan Bateman, B.C. director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation. Bateman feels there should be a constant uneasiness one has knowing someone may or may not be checking their fare, which should encourage people to pay their fare in the first place, without any sort of warning.

Pretty cool if you’re short change one day..

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