dateline: 12 January 2017
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Canadian Police Force Considers Name & Shame Program
- shame: to make a person feel bad or embarrassed
- offender: a person who breaks a rule or law
- impaired: unable to react normally due to use of drugs or alcohol
- deter: to prevent
- breach: to break a rule
- suspension: the temporary removal of one’s access to something
Canadian Police Force Considering Name & Shame Program
- What is a police force in Ontario, Canada considering doing?
- Why is this police force considering this type of deterrent?
- According to this report, what happens every weekend in York region?
Discussion Questions: Do you think that naming and shaming drunk drivers publicly is a good idea? Why or why not?
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Canadian Police Considering Name & Shame Program
Drinking and driving arrests are on the rise in Ontario’s York region, and its police force is considering naming and shaming the offenders. The names of those charged with impaired driving would be placed on the police website. Currently York police are pulling 10 to 20 drunk drivers off the roads every weekend. Identifying drunk drivers publicly could also deter them from breaching the 90-day licence suspension that goes with an impaired driving conviction. This deterrent is already being used by other Canadian police forces.
- The York region police force in Ontario, Canada is considering publicly naming (and therefore shaming) convicted drunk drivers.
- The police are considering this deterrent because drinking and driving arrests are on the rise in the York region.
- According to this report, 10 to 20 drunk drivers are pulled off the road by York police every weekend.