Naming and shaming

via RNZ

[Queenstown’s local paper] Mountain Scene [listed] 100 people who have been convicted of drink driving since January.

The paper has said it would publish the names of anyone convicted of the crime at the Queenstown District Court on the front page for the rest of the year – to deter others from making the same mistake.

Will this be fair?  And more importantly, will it work?  

Counsellor Sarah Deeling said that naming and shaming those convicted of drink driving would not bring about change in those individual people.

“If anything they will probably feel worse about themselves and because of that, will feel like having another drink.”

The paper’s editor, David Williams, said the names of people convicted at the Queenstown District Court for drink driving were already being published in the newspaper before the campaign started.

He said while those named may feel ashamed, he wanted to make others think twice before they got behind the wheel after too many drinks.

“I’m not a researcher, but given the conversations I had yesterday … I’m hopeful the [campaign] will work, that people will think twice.

“It’s a balanced campaign, of course people need support and they need care if they have got a problem and we will be reporting on those aspects of the campaign too.”

More importantly, it makes no distinction  between someone who was 1 ml over the limit versus someone who was caught blind drunk for the 18th time in three years.

Or should that not matter?



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