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Friday, December 31, 2010

Is Janesville's 'Project Sober Streets' a Little Late To Be Pro-Active?

In what at first appears to be a novel way to discourage or crack down on drunken driving, the Janesville Police department will be listing the names, addresses and photos of drivers with five or more drunk driving convictions on a Web-mapping site called Project Sober Streets. With just a few clicks of the computer mouse, you can find the names of these repeating offenders. Oh goodie! But, what do we do with the information?
JG Excerpt:
Project Sober Streets, the product of a six-month initiative by the Janesville Police Department, is believed to be the first of its kind in the nation...
There's good reasons why no one else has tried it, but I digress.

I'm convinced these lists and marking people do more harm than good, but wouldn't the police department be far more pro-active by mapping out the homes or establishments where the repeating offenders got bombed before they got behind the wheel? Including the times, location or intersections of their arrests? That seems more pro-active if prevention and public safety are really the priority. Yet, if attempting to shame is now considered a pro-active, problem-solving approach to these issues, then my blog should be championed across the globe as the "blog of solutions."


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Your assuming the people you shame (the Gazette) have a conscience. I can assure you they do not, no matter what status the Supreme Court gave them.

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