"Think Before You Post," Police Are Urging People To Stop Sharing RIP Posts

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Call it a sign of the times: police across the country are trying to crack down on bad social media etiquette.

After running into the same problem over and over again, police departments and organizations have one simple request for you: please never post photos of car crashes on social media.

It seems that well-meaning citizens are sharing photos to keep their communities updated, especially in local news and traffic groups on Facebook, without considering the consequences of their actions.

In one case from Washington State, a woman actually learned of her husband's death from a Facebook post, and arrived on scene before police were ready to answer her questions.

"Social media is an easy outlet for people to get information to a vast number of people instantly,"  Sergeant Dave DeVere told KLEW. "When someone finds out about a death of a loved one in a message, where it's such a broad spectrum it's very impersonal and obviously a shock to the person when they find out."

You could just call it 21st century rubbernecking, but when families get a "death notification by social media" there can be painful consequences, as one woman reveals.

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