Drunk driving in Montgomery County, Texas, this holiday season? Expect to see your name in Tweets, as the local district attorney’s office has vowed to name and shame drunk drivers on Twitter.

The tactic, hoping to dissuade drunk drivers using the threat of public humiliation, will see DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) arrests documented on the@MontgomeryTXDAO Twitter account, owned by Montgomery County District Attorney, Brett Ligon.

The idea was conceived by County Vehicular Crimes Prosecutor Warren Diepraam, and it’s not entirely new. The information is a matter of public record and some newspapers print the names of people charged with such crimes as a deterrent.

Moving the practice to Twitter, however, is somewhat controversial. Shaming people who have yet to be found guilty is a concept that some law bloggers are rallying against.

Source: http://mashable.com/2009/12/25/drunk-drivers-twitter/

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