DUI Attorney Against Proposal to Post DUI Arrest Photos on Facebook to Cut Drunk Driving Accidents
Below is an article that discusses a new twist on an old idea involving public humiliation that surrounds being charged with a crime. This is a similar idea that some states took to to post the names and photos of “Johns” in the newspaper that were arrested for soliciting prostitution. Now with the advent of the popularity of FaceBook a city counselman is looking to post the photographs of everyone arrested for DUI in their town.
As Huntington Beach ranked No. 1 in the state for alcohol-related traffic fatalities, authorities are considering a new approach to reduce drunk driving incidents: public shaming on FaceBook. In a controversial proposal that raised the hackles of privacy advocates, a city councilman wants the police department to begin posting the mug shots of everyone who has more than one DUI arrest.
Devin Dwyer, the councilman behind the proposal, initially wanted the police department to post on Facebook photographs of everyone arrested for DUI (driving under the influence) in the beach town just south of Los Angeles.
Meanwhile, however, he has eased up on his proposal and now just repeat offenders would be featured in the virtual wall of shame. The rest of the seven-member council is set to vote on the issue on Tuesday.
The uncanny proposal comes after Huntington Beach, dubbed Surf City, ranked top out of 56 California cities of similar size for the number of alcohol-related fatal crashes. In 2009, 195 people were killed or injured in a drunk driving accident. DUI laws are aggressively enforced, and in 2009 there were 1,687 DUI arrests.
However, DUI attorney Randall Bertz, a former police officer who has been defending DUI cases for 23 years, said uploading DUI suspects’ mug shots on Facebook is a violation of their right to privacy, and would likely not discourage drunk driving offenders. In addition, the DUI attorney argues such an approach would have a negative impact on relations with the community, the police department and city officials.
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