[UPDATED: Proposal Gets Voted Down] Huntington Beach Considers Posting DUI Offenders on Facebook (And No, You Can't Untag Yourself)

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UPDATE, JAN. 18, 11:24 A.M.: Drunk drivers in Surf City will not be shamed--on Facebook, at least. Last night, the City Council voted down the recommendation to post mug shots of repeat DUI offenders on the social network, with council member Kevin Bohr saying the proposal "might be well-meaning, but it is misguided, misdirected. . . . It's the wrong tool at the wrong time." Arrest information is always available on the Huntington Beach Police Department's website

ORIGINAL ITEM, JAN. 13, 12:14 P.M.: In Huntington Beach, driving drunk can lead to unthinkable accidents, suspended licenses and now, if a recommendation is approved, public shame.

Facebook shame. 

Which we all know is the worst possible kind. 

You may want to defriend grandma now. 

City Councilman Devin Dwyer wants the Huntington Beach Police Department to move forward with a previously discussed humiliation tactic of posting information and photos of "habitual drunk drivers" on its Facebook page, reports O.C. Now. He made the recommendation at Monday's meeting, and the City Council is expected to vote on it next Monday.

Huntington Beach is really Facebook-happy these days, recently using the social network to help solve a 43-year-old mystery.

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macdoodle
macdoodle

oh yeah - if before trial says guilty not ok .employers wold have this info via a background check no matter what.but someone can take initiative to post pubic info/ names any way.

tom
tom

Don't post the DUI on Facebook, post them on the front page. If this saves one life, it's worth it!

Dweezle.Di
Dweezle.Di

I remember when I used to volunteer as a designated driver, Most of the people we would drive home had prior DUI's and we could not tell they had any drinks. The dangerous drunks either did not call for rides or the dispatcher ignored them...

Dweezle.Di
Dweezle.Di

CONVICTED Drunk Drivers ok, however, remember, an individual USED to be innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Now, an arrest automatically means guilty anymore in court or in the press... Unless the person is wealthy and/or politically connected...

Persnickety Cricket
Persnickety Cricket

So now the City of H.B. considers its arrested citizens "guilty until proven innocent." These folks were initially arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence and have yet to have their proverbial day in court where they eventually get either convicted or exonerated of the charges.....habitual drunk drivers or not, HB should not be granted a free pass to infringe upon one of our most cherished and treasured rights, the right to be considered innocent until proven guilty. It is one of the few remaining defenses we have against the tyranny of the state. It is one thing to post photos of those already convicted of a DUI. However, it is reprehensible and irresponsible to do so prior to a trial before a judge or jury. Shame on you HB!

Really?
Really?

It's a matter of public record anyway. Newspapers like the Register and Daily Pilot publish these names all the time. If you local paper has a Crime Log, the names of people arrested for DUIs are usually posted there. Posting someones mistake of Facebook is kind of mean spirited to me. I've never had a DUI. Know quite a few people who have and these people run the gamut from law abiding conservatives to total tweekers. So now someone makes a mistake and its going to be on Facebook, literally forever (unless that douchebag Zuckerman changes policy)? Not cool.

Adam P
Adam P

This is just wrong, there are soo many different levels to DUI's and this could potentially ruin someones life even more so then there stupid actions would already have done.

briansays
briansays

look for the hot chicksthey like to party

Soty112005
Soty112005

What about the guy who gets a DUI because he had a glass of wine with his dinner? Not even drunk but still gets one and this could hurt a person's job! Disagree!

latina
latina

I kinda agree 50% on this and I kinda dont, I mean if they are drunk drivinig they are already paying the consequences for it, jail and DUI, I dont think there is any need to go out of ppl's way and put this public, I dont agree,

Dweezle.Di
Dweezle.Di

I seriously doubt a glass of wine with a meal will raise BA level to an illegal level!

Then there are those that can barely stand up or speak coherently, but their meal was probably a case of beer or a quart of Wild Turkey. with one glass of wine.

Coupedeville66
Coupedeville66

It is completely possible for your BAC to be raised enough with one glass of wine or one bottle of beer.

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