The city in California with the most drunk-driving arrests is considering an interesting solution to its problem: public shaming via Facebook. Huntington Beach, a coastal suburb of LA, wants to start posting mug shots of anyone who is arrested more than once for driving under the influence.
The councilman behind the proposal says, "If it takes shaming people to save lives, I am willing to do it. I'm hoping it prevents others from getting behind the wheel and getting inebriated." Initially, he wanted to post a photo of every arrest, but other council members found that solution a bit extreme.
Find out more about the proposal and share your thoughts after the break.
For a town that had nearly 2,000 DUI arrests in 2009 and is known for its problems with drinking and driving, the proposal isn't a terrible idea. Opponents of the measure say that it's too public a shaming for the offense, however. Additionally, they say it won't be a deterrent to habitual drunk drivers.
What do you think? Would a program like this work, or is it a violation of a person's rights and needless public shaming?