Department of Public Safety to publish names of people arrested for DWI on Twitter

Categories: Booze, Crime, Police
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To protect, serve, and publicly shame.
If you drive drunk tomorrow night, your name could go viral for all the wrong reasons.

SEE ALSO: Oakdale driver pulled over while under the influence of McDonald's

That's because law enforcement is planning to publish the names of folks they arrest during the state's largest DWI patrol on Twitter along with the hashtag, #May10DWI.

According to KSTP, 150 squads will be "patrolling the major highways looking for drunk drivers," meaning tomorrow night represents the Department of Public Safety's "largest-ever one night DWI enforcement effort."

So don't want to see your name and mugshot in our Monday rundown of law enforcement's public shaming campaign? Then call a cab, ride a bike, get smashed with impunity on your Segway, or consider the unthinkable -- staying sober on a Friday night.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


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34 comments
Andy Stealth Trattar
Andy Stealth Trattar

This story was false? So it was just some guy posting random names on Twitter?

Trevor Ludwig
Trevor Ludwig

these real people who are drunk driving are common criminals.

Patrick Garcia
Patrick Garcia

Meh, No secrets in the Information Age. I'm opposed but not shocked.

Shawn Clark
Shawn Clark

nothing like shaming a person for what they did.

Chris Ackerman
Chris Ackerman

This story was false and retracted by other news agencies. Despite that, CP posts it.

Lana Fanger
Lana Fanger

It may be public knowledge, but it doesn't need to be advertised! We are talking about real people, not common criminals. And they aren't even technically charged until later, and what if the charges are dropped..

Erin Jungerberg
Erin Jungerberg

This stuff is always public record. Arrests get published in the newspaper and are available on circuit court websites. When I was a teenager, my favorite part of our local paper was the "area courts" section so I could see who got arrested for what and who was found guilty of what. And this goes for misdemeanors or anything, not just felonies. It's all online already.

Jean Claude Cau
Jean Claude Cau

Ridiculous that they do this. Should they tweet petty arrests and misdemeanors too?

Branden Strot
Branden Strot

doesnt the DMV already do that with whiskey plates? i always make fun of them when i drive by.

joe_public
joe_public

I wonder how much this will cost the taxpayers in lawsuits. 

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

I would like to see a list of all the cops that have avoided DUI arrest because they are filthy pigs

John Lumbar
John Lumbar

I can see publishing the names of CONVICTED offenders, but this goes too far. I'm sure this will get tested in a court of law, which it should.

Tony Webster
Tony Webster

No, they don't. The Minnesota Government Data Practices Act regards all arrest data as public. You've surely seen mugshots, criminal complaints, and news stories about folks getting arrested before, right? Jail rosters are public, too.

David Lloyd
David Lloyd

Because as we all know, public shaming has worked for centuries in curing others of their short comings and stopped them from making the same mistake again (facepalm).

rsadagopal
rsadagopal

I'm pretty sure riding a bike while drunk is still not legal

Brad Bergerson
Brad Bergerson

That doesn't sound legal. Don't people have the right to privacy until they go to court?

jason.carle
jason.carle

This has lawsuit written all over it...

k2yeb
k2yeb topcommenter

I am all for personal freedom not impacting others right to a fair life and thus regulation, but this is a little too big brother for me.The government seems to never have a problem sharing personal information of its citizens yet freaking out when it goes the other way. They hide from the truth, yet pretend to be advocates of it.

Kent Klinger
Kent Klinger

Yea I want to see the list of Booze Drivers. I needs good laugh.

Nicholas Cadillac
Nicholas Cadillac

What if your name is John smith? Do you have any idea how many John smith are out there? What if tat John smith has ever even had a ticket in his life?

Scott Welker
Scott Welker

I think it will give people an opportunity to claim they can't get a fair jury.

Allen Brandt
Allen Brandt

Reminds me when my hometown in Brookings, SD would do that in The Brookings Register. :) I'm fine w/ it.

_Joe_
_Joe_

@Kent Klinger Til you find yourself on there.

k2yeb
k2yeb topcommenter

Having never had a DUI, I don't understand the joy off misery and the ignored realization that bad behavior is often times caused by depression, addiction, and a brain that was not developed in a manner to process rational intelligent thoughts. I hope you enjoy your elite status as a flawless human being with poor writing skills.

k2yeb
k2yeb topcommenter

Simple solution to a complicated social problem. Did someone that drove with a .10 in 1980 at age 20 have a DUI. According to the law, no.

_Joe_
_Joe_

@Prince Nicholas Well then you'd have yourself a TTIATwi.

Time Traveling in a Tardis While Intoxicated.

But then you could just Sonic that shit.

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