Local British Police Start 'Name And Shame' Campaign For Drugged-Driving Offenders

By McCarton Ackerman 12/03/14

Law enforcement officials in two British counties have been posting videos of drugged drivers on Twitter.

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Two British counties are taking the drastic step of a “name and shame” campaign for those who drive under the influence in the hopes of cracking down on drug-driving motorists.

Law enforcement officials in Sussex and Surrey have joined forces for the campaign, which will only involve those who are convicted—not merely charged. However, this has also led to courts in these two counties working to get drug-driving cases resolved within 10 days of the initial arrest so those convicted can be publicly shamed in time for the holiday season.

Officers will tweet out details of when and where the motorist was pulled over and post a photo of them. Warning posters will also be placed at the spot where the officer pulled them over, while a number has been set up for people to text officers with details of any suspected drug-driving. Surrey and Sussex police have already released a video of a driver who was stopped while reportedly high on ketamine.

“There is often a delay of a matter of weeks between an individual being charged and them appearing in court. But these slots mean those charged with offenses early in December could be dealt with by magistrates and banned from the roads in time for Christmas,” said Sergeant Jane Derrick, the head of roads policing across Sussex and Surrey. “There is no excuse for driving while over the limit or after taking drugs but there remains a small minority who refuse to believe that the law applies to them.” Approximately 135 have been convicted of DUI offenses so far this month in the two counties.

Public shaming might just be a trend across the pond. Last February, British mother Nikki Hunter posted photos to Facebook of her drunk son passed out and covered in vomit on their couch. Nineteen-year-old Kieran had downed three bottles of liquor as part of an online drinking game. The teenager later acknowledged that his behavior was reckless.

“When I woke up, I got a good telling off. I had a major hangover and a load of abuse on Facebook,” he said. “I was really stupid. If I’d known people had died from doing it, I wouldn’t have done it in the first place.”

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