Today In Social Media: Tweeting The Names Of Alleged Drunk Drivers

December 30, 2009

Newspapers across the country often publish the names of those arrested for vandalism, assault, and other charges, but Montgomery County, Texas (just north of Houston) has moved that practice into the digital age: District Attorney Brett Ligon and County Vehicular Crimes Prosecutor Warren Diepraam are publishing the names of everyone arrested for DWI on Twitter. Such practices are controversial, and the jury is out on whether they have any impact on crime rates, but it's hard to argue that Montgomery County is impinging on civil rights when the arrests are technically a matter of public record. So all you Tipsy McDrinkers, please do as the rest of us do: stay home and get blotto with the dog. [Mashable]

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