Could Facebook help in the battle against drunk driving?
One Huntington Beach, California city councilman thinks so.
Councilman Devin Dwyer wants the Huntington Beach Police Department to post the mug shots of habitual DUI offenders on their Facebook page.
“If it takes shaming people to save lives, I am willing to do it,” said Dwyer. “I’m hoping it prevents others from getting behind the wheel and getting inebriated.”
The original plan called for the mug shots of everyone arrested on DUI charges to be posted, but Dwyer scaled back his proposal to habitual offenders in the hope of winning support from other council members.
Huntington Beach has the most alcohol related traffic fatalities in the state of California, per capita.
In 2009 195 people were killed or injured in alcohol related accidents in the city.
Some residents and privacy advocates are opposed to the plan.