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dateline: 12 January 2017

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Canadian Police Force Considers Name & Shame Program

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • 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

Drinking and 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 with impaired driving would be placed on the police website. York police are pulling 10 to 20 drunk drivers off the roads every weekend. Identifying 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 police forces.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What is a police force in Ontario, Canada considering doing?
  2. Why is this police force considering this type of deterrent?
  3. 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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Written and recorded by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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