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Greenville police post traffic stop photos on Facebook

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Your next traffic stop in Greenville may generate traffic on Facebook. (Nov. 18, 2013/Source: Greenville Police Dept.) Your next traffic stop in Greenville may generate traffic on Facebook. (Nov. 18, 2013/Source: Greenville Police Dept.)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

No one likes to get pulled over, but the next time you get pulled over in Greenville, it may get "likes" on Facebook.

Greenville police are posting photos of all their traffic stops to their Facebook page in an effort to be more interactive with the public.

"We get a lot of requests from the public to do ride-alongs, and we can't do those unfortunately, so the next closest thing is to do a virtual ride-along," said Johnathan Bragg, media relations officer with GPD.

Bragg said he got the idea from a police department in California. The initiative is not to scare people but to show the public police are out enforcing the law. He said the feedback from the public has been mostly positive.

"It's nothing that you couldn't see when you're driving by a traffic stop on the side of the road," said Bragg.

One Greenville resident told FOX Carolina police are overstepping, though.

"Police just showing off their authority," said Mario Carter. Mary Allison Cates, however, thought the initiative was a smart idea.

"I think it might be pretty effective because fear of looking stupid is a wonderful motivator," said Cates.

However, Bragg said neither license plate numbers or faces of those being pulled over are posted to Facebook. Hopefully, it will remind people to remain cautious on the roadways, he said.

"There's no telling when you're being recorded ... it's just now the police are doing it," said Bragg.

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