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Is posting DUI mug shots on Facebook a good idea?

Police in a California city ranked top in the state for alcohol-related traffic fatalities might soon be trying a new tactic to keep drunken drivers off the road: Electronic shaming on Facebook. Read the full story.

By Abha Bhattarai  |  January 18, 2011; 8:05 AM ET  | Category:  National Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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posting pics of offenders was tried in miami some time ago in hooker stings,,when judges,lawyers and a well known legal commentator for cnn were caught the idea was dropped

Posted by: schmidt1 | January 18, 2011 9:47 AM

I spent a year on the grand jury in my county and we saw so many repeat, habitual offenders that we were amazed that there wasn't a fatal accident every day of the year from drunk drivers. We spend so much time protecting their identities that nobody ever knows they have a problem.

This is wrong. These people are a danger to society. Society owes them no protection. We owe it to ourselves to let all of us know these people are dangerous, out of control, and should never be behind the wheel of a car. Frankly, a habitual offender with the keys in his or her hand is communicating a threat of lethal force against everyone, and should be dealt with accordingly.

Posted by: mhoust | January 18, 2011 9:47 AM

This is an area where Pres. Reagan's "3 strikes and you're out" seems to be valid. After 2 convictions for DUI, a warning that their photo's will be published after the 3rd conviction, + fines and other punishments will be doubled.

An alcohol addict can't hear court judgements very well and unless their family intervenes.

I am continually amazed at how many DUI's there are, how many drunk drivers do the driving equivalent of a drunkards walk, and how few accidents there are --- only 195 deaths out of almost 1700 DUI's last year in Huntington Beach Calif. Still, if those drivers won't take on their shifting their lives so other people's lives are not endangered, then it is up to the state. And if the state won't then it is up to the citizenry --- and those ways ain't near as nice as getting a photo published on police facebook, or getting doubled fines, license removed, jail time, mandatory detox, etc.

Posted by: thetravelingmasseur | January 18, 2011 10:13 AM

195 Deaths, that's like a whole airplane being blown out of the sky by DUIs. If someone brought down an airplane with a DUI you can bet there would be breath tests at the TSA as well. That said, 3 strikes and you get the death penalty in my book. You obviously are a danger to society and have no intrest or will to reform. But no we will continue to coddle the alcohol problem in this country and people will continue to die.

I wholeheartedly agree with posting on facebook, people should know these people have a problem and may step up and stop them before they get behind the wheel again. We call the police when someone sets up a bomb in times square, but don't say a word when we see obviously impaired people heading home after a party and the odds of killing someone while drunk are probably higher than the terrorist bombing.

Posted by: wleeper | January 18, 2011 10:21 AM

This won't do a thing. Those that drive drunk won't even think about it after the third drink. A chronic drunk is not detered by anything.

Posted by: jckdoors | January 18, 2011 10:59 AM

There is a BIG difference between being arrested for something and being convicted of the charge.

Posted by: spamsux1 | January 18, 2011 11:33 AM

Posting on Facebook won't do a thing other than perhaps embarrass a spouse, child or other relative of the drunk. At the first DUI conviction, impound the car (at the convicted's expense) and license for two weeks. That kind of inconvenience is more likely to have an impact than electronic shaming.

Posted by: BootmanDC | January 18, 2011 11:44 AM

;;the # 1 ! killer on the roads now are 25 and under and are texting;;;dui come in last !!;;so face book get w/the times put kids wraped around trees w/phones in their hands !!put un wed mothers w/big bellies;;put the h.s drug dealer;;put the illegals that rape kill drive w/out lic and drunk and kill and the usa dosent deport or lock up but rather release back into our society;;;so much more you could do FACEBOOK and have 10 x,s the positive effect on society !!

Posted by: bbccmm | January 18, 2011 10:52 PM

Sure, the goal here is to prevent these people from killing someone. Offenders may grumble, but paying that $1000 fine doesn't deter them. Given that this is not cruel or unusual (in the torture sense of the phras) if it works, do it.

Posted by: jhtlag1 | January 18, 2011 10:58 PM

Posting on Facebook is unlikely to do any good at all. Our local community published the DUI blotter every week in the Sunday paper, listing the name, BA result, pleading, and sentence. Net result? No change in the DUI rate that I could discern. Now posting a DUI arrest photo in the local paper with the same info might have an impact, since few can or will read the blotter report, but most can associate a visual image with a person. That might embarrass a DUI driver, but a better solution on 2nd time DUI's is to confiscate and sell the vehicle, thereby taking the 4K pound weapon out of the drunk's hands. One bite of the apple, OK you didn't know your limit, but on a 2nd offense adios to the car. That would do some good for everyone on the road and perhaps help pay for law enforcement.

Posted by: BigMike60 | January 19, 2011 7:44 AM

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