Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas says heavy fines and jail time haven’t been enough to stop drunken driving, so he will try public shame.
A new Web site created by the county attorney’s office displays the names and faces of those convicted of driving under the influence, along with descriptions of their crimes.
“If these people feel embarrassed to have their pictures up, then frankly, that’s tough,” Thomas said. “Maybe other people tempted to drive drunk will see this and realize this is the type of fame they would rather not have.”
Thomas said the Web site serves two purposes — to deter people from driving drunk and to shame those who do.
The Web site will mainly display mug shots of extreme and aggravated DUI offenders, but anyone convicted of DUI could find their face on the home page, Thomas said. The photos will be changed on a monthly basis and will include offenders who are behind bars or who have already served jail time.
Also, the Web site will show victims of crashes caused by impaired drivers, explain DUI laws and penalties, and give local and national DUI news updates.
“People are not only only looking at jail time and fines, but will face the sobering sentences of the hall of shame,” Thomas said.
Visit the Web site at www.stopduiaz.com.