Don’t name and shame drunk drivers until they’re found guilty
The city of Sudbury, Ont. is preparing an unusual response to the continuing problem of drunk driving. Starting next week, every Tuesday, a list will be published online, naming all the individuals charged with impaired driving over the prior seven days. It is hoped that this public shaming of those charged with driving while impaired while deter others from getting behind the wheel after having had too many drinks.
It might at that. And drunk driving is certainly a serious issue that Canadian governments and courts have traditionally not taken seriously enough. Too often we hear about someone being killed by a drunk driver with numerous prior convictions that had only ever received a slap on the wrist. More should be done to address the threat posed by drunk drivers. But the appropriate response to this continuing societal problem is stiffer punishment and better rehabilitation of those found guilty, not the shaming of those who are still presumed innocent. (Photo: Aaron Lynett/National Post)