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Huntington Beach considers posting photos of repeat drunk drivers on Facebook page

Huntington Beach is considering a bold new use for Facebook: a forum to let the community know about  "habitual drunk drivers."

The idea would be to post information and photos of some drunk drivers arrested by the Huntington Beach Police Department on the social media website.

Councilman Devin Dwyer says he is planning to recommend at Monday's City Council meeting that the Police Department move forward with previously discussed tactics to use social media sites to shame those arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. He suggested that the city should post photos of those "arrested for drunk driving multiple times," according to city documents.

"Posting this information may serve as a deterrent to continued driving by individuals whose license has been suspended or revoked," Dwyer wrote in council agenda information made available Wednesday afternoon. "It may also serve to alert the public so that future violations by these individuals are promptly reported to law enforcement officials."

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Kind of stupid if you ask me...

How about all drunk drivers..

How about posting big waterproof signs on their registered vehicles, "Danger - Drunk Driver!".

Or conversely, confiscate and sell any vehicle they are caught driving, even sober.

And this will cost HB millions in legal fees. It would be a violation of terms of service for Facebook, using the site to malign others. Also copyright violations, all one has to do when being photographed is to state thier right to ownership by copyright, since you are not able to shield your face or retreat as you would from say paparazzi in a public area, you are being compelled (forced) to be photographed, the citys use of that photo for non official purpose and public posting could easily be deemed illegal. Now, lets start a page showing all the HB officers who have been accused but not convicted of crimes... I have hours and hours of video of HB using thier unmarked cars for routine traffic stops on PCH, numerous photos of thier officers and dispatchers vehicles with illegally tinted windows sitting in the police parking area, making thier enforcement of window tint sections on the public a matter of "selective enforcement" something several courts have already ruled illegal.

Yea I'm sure that'll stop them from drinking.....for 5 minutes while they show all their friends they made it on that facebook page.

Now that's a great Idea, if they have their photo's in the media, why not on Face book. After all D.W.I. is a Crime and a dangerous one at that, is it not.

Habitual, serial Drunk Drivers ,what ever the label, are a serious risk to the rest of us.D.W.I. is Americas only socially acceptable crime of violence, don't let it remain that way, as the other 2 comment's reflect.

Bill Dikant, D.W.I. Victim Advocate,
Castleton, N.Y., 12033-1604

How about posting photos of any officer with more than one "excessive use of force" complaint, or any referrals to a civilian review board on their facebook page as well.


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