Calif. City Considers DUI Mug Shots On Facebook

Huntington Beach, Calif., is known for its bars, its surfing and its beautiful beaches. Unfortunately, it's also known for a high number of alcohol-related traffic fatalities. A city councilman wants to address the problem by using the social networking site Facebook.

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STEVE INSKEEP, host:

And today's last word in business is about technology stirring up controversy in Huntington Beach, California. The word is: social shaming.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

This seaside town is known for its bars, its surfing and unfortunately, it's high number of alcohol-related traffic fatalities. A city councilman there wants to address the problem using the social networking site Facebook.

INSKEEP: Councilman Devin Dwyer has proposed posting, on Facebook, the mug shot of anyone arrested more than once for driving while drunk. He initially wanted to post a photo of anybody caught driving under the influence, but scaled back his plan.

MONTAGNE: Still, he's getting pushback from privacy advocates and local police who don't like the idea of this virtual wall of shame. Some say it won't act as a deterrent. One law professor says it's not really appropriate to shame someone before they've been convicted of something.

And that's the business news on MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

INSKEEP: And I'm Steve Inskeep.

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