The Scarlet Letters: DUI

Posted by Lawrence Taylor on March 21st, 2009

If there is any doubt about there being a "DUI double standard", one need only look at the widespread use of public humiliation in drunk driving cases (urged on by MADD).  See my past posts The Scarlet Letters, The Scarlet Letter – Version 2, The Return of the Scarlet Letter, More MADDness and Washington Says "No" to DUI Scarlet Letter.

Consider the latest example of MADD’s resurrecting the old Puritan’s branding of suspected adulteresses:


DUI Offenders to be Publicized Through Media

Du Quoin, IL.  March 20  –  If you get arrested for DUI in southern Illinois, you may now see your name in the news.

That’s because State Police are going to start compiling weekly lists of these offenders, and give them to the media for the public to see…

"We’re beginning to post people’s names and where they’re from to the media to let them know that this has got to quit" says Trooper David Sneed with Illinois State Police, District 13…It would probably be embarrassing to find your name all thru-out the media and the newspapers and on TV that you’ve been arrested for DUI."
 

Note:   Citizens whose reputations are to be destroyed in the media are those arrested for drunk driving — not those convicted of the offense.   

Query:  Why aren’t those arrested for child molesting highlighted in the media?  Why not those arrested for burglary, rape or selling drugs?….Or maybe adulteresses?
 

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