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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.