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California city nixes plan to post mug shots of DUI suspects

Posted at: 01/20/2011 9:03 AM

Shame will not be the name of the game when it comes to efforts by one California city to cut down on DUI arrests

The City Council in Huntington Beach, California has rejected a proposal that would have directed police to post information about repeat DUI suspects on Facebook.

Councilman Devin Dwyer had suggested that putting the names and mug shots online would shame people into changing their behavior. The police department opposed the move, saying it would alienate residents.

Huntington Beach has a population of 200,000, has a downtown packed with bars and is ranked first in the state for alcohol-related traffic fatalities among cities of similar size.

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