The live streaming app Periscope really saved the day when a 23 year old drunk driver decided to stream herself driving drunk on her way home. Viewers initially thought that Whitney Beall of Lakeland, FL was joking when she started her broadcast on Periscope. Many viewers then realized that is was no joke and contacted the police.
It was reported that the Lakeland Police acted quickly to download the app [Lakeland Police Post on Facebook] While watching the stream the Police were able to determine, via landmarks, were Beall was driving. When they pulled her over she failed the sobriety test and was taken into custody.
[posted by William Bastone via YouTube][Video contains adult language]
Thankfully Beall decided to broadcast herself and was pulled over before she harmed herself or others. More importantly this is good example of socially responsible people that viewed the broadcast and made the decision to report it to police. Lesson: When you see something, say something.
Erik Hultman (a.k.a. E) is the Founder and President of ÜberBlue Digital Media: A New Awakening for Brands, Businesses, Individuals and Agencies. He is also founder of the North Shore Entrepreneurial Network (NSEN) in the Chicago Area.