Ohio police agencies are signing on to the messaging Web site Twitter to let citizens know about accidents, traffic conditions and suspects being sought.

Police in Summit County's Bath Township have been on Twitter since Feb. 19. One recent "tweet" — as Twitter posts are known — warned that a local high school dismissed early for final exams, so motorists could expect extra traffic in the area.

Twitter.com offers free microblogging, allowing users to post messages of up to 140 characters that sent to interested recipients via computer or cell phone.

The State Highway Patrol and police in the Dayton suburb of Huber Heights also have opened Twitter accounts. Huber Heights Chief Robert Schommer says it's a good way to reach out to people.

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