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Calif. City Wants to Put DUI Photos on Facebook

There’s an old saying that says you should never do anything you wouldn’t be comfortable seeing on the front page of the local paper and it seems a city in California is taking that idea, adding a modern twist, and hoping it will act as a deterrent for drunk drivers.

A councilman in Huntington Beach, California, one of the highest ranked cities in terms of alcohol-related traffic fatalities, is lobbying for DUI mug shots to be published on Facebook. The idea is that shaming those who drink drive will serve as a reminder to people thinking of getting behind the wheel while under the influence. According to the AP, though Devin Dwyer was initially looking to have all DUIs on the social networking site, he’s now only looking to post photographs of repeat offenders.

"In my view, posting this information is a reasonable step to take to enhance the safety of Huntington Beach residents and visitors," Dwyer is cited as saying in a memo distributed to city officials.

"If it takes shaming people to save lives, I am willing to do it," he told the AP. "I'm hoping it prevents others from getting behind the wheel and getting inebriated."

Dwyer got his idea after residents began complaining after the local paper said it was going to stop publishing information on police arrests. They believed that the publishing of such information was discouraging others from driving while drunk and were seeking a way to continue publicizing DUIs.

  • jvc21
    I'm all for it; as a victim of a lost friend from a repeating DUI driver, whatever it takes to get a message across should prevent people from taken more innocent lives.

    Perhaps after a certain time their photos can be taken down after a period of due diligence.
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  • THEfog101
    Maybe being named and shamed before the city that they have disrespected is the lesson that they need.
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  • It is a sad indictment AGAINST America's approach to alcohol and alcohol crimes, where we do NOT hold the drunk DIRECTLY accountable for his/her drunkenness.

    The small island nation of Bermuda has the right idea .. they post a picture of the person who is arrested for ANY crime where alcohol is involved, on the front page of the major newspaper on the island. Whether it is a case of public drunkenness or an accident where alcohol is suspected of contributing to the accident ... THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS. To show you just how serious they are, the editor of the newspaper where the photos are posted, was arrested for public drunkenness and had HIS picture posted.

    When you consider the fact that Bermudian approach to alcohol is European in nature, where children might very well have a glass of wine with a family meal .. and .. the incidence of alcohol related arrests are at a very low-level (per 1000 citizens) ... then I would suggest that the councilman in Huntington Beach has a very good suggestion as to how to deal with their "drunken", drinking citizens. Post the drunk's pictures on page one and allow their fellow neighbor's derision to shame them into doing something to deal with their drinking. Arrest them today, release them tomorrow, and have to arrest them for the very same thing the next day ... our present approach is NOT working..

    America has to come up with a better way of handling those who drink too much and then become public nuisances. The price has hit near epidemic levels .. we can't continue NOT coming up with a reasonable approach to the problem..

    WRB / CPO (SW), USN(RET) - Midland, MI
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  • Reynod
    Well that won't work here in Western Australia - over 10,000 people were busted last year drinking and driving alone ... there are just less than 2 million people in the state and only 1 daily newspaper (The West Austalian).

    The front page would need to accomodate a lot of pictures on it on any given day.

    Public floggings / 30 second taserings on full bladders in the City Mall however ... now that would draw the crowds.

    /checks prices on hot dog stands in anticipation.
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  • Travis Beane
    Through all I'm concerned, you're 1100% responsible for your actions while under the influence. It was your choice to get drunk in the first place.
    A town not too far away form me puts the pictures of men caught with a prostitute in the newspaper to shame them. While I'm against it for that matter, I'd be all for it for repeat DUI offenders.

    Then again, I just don't understand drinking in the first place. Hate the taste of alcohol and hate what it does to me. So what if it's a little liquid courage? It's just not me.
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  • sykozis
    Consumption of alcohol isn't illegal.....and if you read the laws closely, in most states it's a violation of one's right to privacy. Privacy advocates will have a field day fighting this. Quite frankly, if my picture were to be posted by any media source, I'd be immediately filing charges against said media source for violation of privacy and defamation of character... and in the case of underage drinking, most laws forbid posting of pictures and charges of those under age 18.
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  • chickenhoagie
    sykozisConsumption of alcohol isn't illegal.....and if you read the laws closely, in most states it's a violation of one's right to privacy. Privacy advocates will have a field day fighting this. Quite frankly, if my picture were to be posted by any media source, I'd be immediately filing charges against said media source for violation of privacy and defamation of character... and in the case of underage drinking, most laws forbid posting of pictures and charges of those under age 18.
    sykozis i think you misread the article. They're posting pictures of people who have been charged with a DUI. Not underage drinking, or drinking in general. This is about drinking and driving, which if you didn't realize it yet, is extremely bad.

    Buuuttt, I think this could be a little harsh in some cases. I think some people can learn from their mistakes the first time and don't deserve to be humiliated in such a way. Other people I could understand posting pictures. This could really go either way with me. I think that doing this could in some cases cause more harm than good. Extreme humiliation in society can truly make things worse.. Because in the minds of some humans, humiliation is translated to bullying (not to say it is, but thats just how some people register it).
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  • tommysch
    Just sue the city to bankruptcy. Californian idiots...
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  • goonigoogoo
    I'm all for it. To me drunk drivers are the lowest of the low on the totem pole, second only to child molesters and animal abusers. If you want to drink and render yourself a total idiot in your home and die of alcohol poisoning - hey i'm all for that, good riddens to you, but when you take to the public streets and endanger MY family ... that's where i draw the line.

    DUI offenders get off waaaaaay too easy in North America.
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  • icepick314
    on one hand....doesn't this go against "cruel and unusual punishment"?

    but other hand....maybe a public shaming could straighten out these idiots from driving after drinking....
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