Archive for January 6th, 2006

The Return of the Scarlet Letter

Friday, January 6th, 2006

This latest development from the folks who brought you the Scopes trial:

Tennessee Law Shames Drunken Drivers

Unique law, which goes into effect Sunday, has some critics

Nashville, TN (AP/CNN). A new Tennessee law is enlisting the power of shame to discourage drunken driving — even the governor, law enforcement officials and various experts are calling it an expensive and bad idea.

Starting Sunday, convicted drunken drivers are required to do 24 hours of roadside cleanup while wearing orange vests emblazoned with the phrase "I am a Drunk Driver."… The new law is aimed at first-time offenders, says one of its sponsors, state Rep. Charles Curtiss.

"You cause them to go out and pick up trash in front of their friends and neighbors, the embarrassment is going to be such that they're never going to want to go through that again," Curtiss said….

Apparently, rapists, child molesters and wife beaters don't qualify for Tennessee's new humiliation approach.

(Thanks to Troy Hauser.)

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