Watch Out Drunk Drivers: Facebook is Out to Shame You!

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 37,261 people died in traffic crashes in 2008 in the United States (latest figures available), including an estimated 11,773 people who died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes. Drunk driving fatalities accounted for 32% of all traffic deaths last year, that is, on average someone is killed in an alcohol-impaired driving crash every 45 minutes in the U.S. (Source: NHTSA/FARS, 2009)

Drunk Driving

Drunk Driving

Although countless attempts have been made in order to spread awareness about dunk driving, many people still do it repeatedly, careless of the consequences! Apparently, a night in jail or a ticket is just not cutting if for them.

Therefore, Huntington Beach is considering a new tactic against drunk driving: public shaming on Facebook.

“After the idea was suggested Monday at a City Council meeting, the city’s Police Department is looking into posting the names of suspected drunk drivers on Facebook, said Lt. Russell Reinhart.

Councilman Devin Dwyer asked police if they could post the names of people arrested for drunk driving on the city’s Facebook page, because the local newspaper has stopped publishing the listings. “I didn’t think public shaming for driving under the influence was such a bad idea,” Dwyer said. “I would use any tool necessary to bring down the numbers of drunk drivers.”" Read more at L.A Times


Here are some reactions regarding this piece of news:

  • Seems like a good idea for those having been convicted, but some of those arrested might be innocent. (Innocent until proven guilty) Why shame an innocent person?
  • Yet another reason to break yourself of the Facebook habit. Driving under the influence is bad, too.
  • The more negative energy you put out the more you draw back to yourself.
  • Good! They should also do sex offenders and dead beat dads.

I think it might actually work! What do you think the implications of this step might be? Do you feel this might make a difference? If not, do you have other suggestions to share?

Looking forward to your comments and feedback down below…

Comments and Reactions

  • Fadi

    This could actually work if they could “tag” the person in the posting, so that all of his friends see it. That’s the point of putting it on Facebook isn’t it? To publicly humiliate the person and restore the stigma that seems to be missing from the offense of drunk driving. If the postings are only going to be on the city’s facebook page, which probably hardly anyone ever checks, the campaign might be a bust..

    There might also be a concern when it comes to the old “what goes on facebook stays forever” motto, combined with the fact that employers seem to look into a potential employee’s facebook profile and online presence before making up their minds, and while drunk driving is a serious offense I’m pretty sure it should not make its way online. After all, I’m pretty sure a company wouldn’t have the right to access a potential employee’s judicial record before hiring, and making information that goes in there available on Facebook is somewhat a contradiction, a dangerous one which might set an unwanted precedence.

  • Will

    Shame might work. Nothing else seems to.

  • M.Bamieh

    I wonder how much is a DUI a matter of public record

  • Magento Themes

    Something like this have to be done and I appreciate Facebook on this.
    But still there are people who dont mind about all these stuffs…

  • the_IRF

    The Puritan’s use this principle of the Stocks.

    It worked to give rise to the Constitution.


    Fervency is my answer … it leads to the recognition that YOU have the “right” of


    You have the right of



    The pursuit of Happyness.

    You have the right of

    Pursuit of Happiness

    (At that time “happiness” was generally understood to hold the only breadth of meaning available where money or “where-with-all”, or capital, meant the personal authority to manifest … to do expression of your imagination.)

  • the_IRF

    The Puritans used the Stocks to initiate Humiliation and Embarrassment.

    Did this, somehow, lead to the Constitution? How could that be?



    The Pursuit of Happiness.

    These are all the rights enumerated as coming from the “Above” concept.

    The “happiness” thing was understood to be the “wealth”, “money”, “capital” through which one could continue the “Pursuit” of expression of your own imagination.

    Liberty was probably understood to mean the internal freedom to have an imagination to begin with … a liberty of mind, if you will.

    From this came the “right” to freely speak the imagination of your mind’s imaginations.

    AND, since this whole thing derived of the “idea” that this stuff came from “Above”, it might be good idea that YOU had the “right” to hold a verneration … a worship of the “Above, through the Liberty of Freedom to so do … to demonstrate your Rite of Ritual as you please … your veneration for the “Above” as you saw fit, as an honoring of the concepts brought to enumeration on behalf of the “Above”.

  • Tassy*PINK

    i think this is a ridiculous idea. I can’t even get invited to a party unless I check my FB hourly. how about the DUI/DWI offender does what’s required by current local law & leave. social networking sites out of it? this is just plain lame.

  • Beiruta

    I totally agree btw! I think this is totally useless!

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    we should seize cars that are driven by drunks.


  • George

    Sounds a bit big brother to me..yes shame the driver we all want this of course but fb doing it?..what next shaming us because we forgot to comb our hair?

  • DUI Attorneys

    Wow! Nice strategy. Well, there is a possibility that this will work.

  • Web design London

    Sounds a bit big brother to me..yes shame the driver we all want this of course but fb doing it.

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