British police have introduced fines of up to £1,000 as a deterrent to drivers who post on social media about speed traps, according to reports.

The new policy is based on an interpretation of the Police Act 1996, which outlaws actions which “willfully obstruct an officer in the execution of his/her duty.”

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The 1997 act was meant to refer to drivers sending messages or warnings by flashing their headlights or beeping their horns, but a modern approach would expand the scope of what the law would cover, according to Metro.

Dedicated traffic pages have become more popular on Facebook and Twitter, where drivers can update conditions such as congestion or delays – and speed trap warnings.

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