There’s no doubt that the York region of Ontario has had a rough year when it comes to impaired driving. It might have started well before the Marco Muzzo crash in 2015, but that was the point when police thought they really would start to see significant change in impaired driving rates in their region, if not in the entire province.
It hasn’t seemed to have happened, and as crashes and drunk driving arrests continue to rise, police in the region have looked for new and creative ways to fight back. As they’ve learned over the past year and a half, sometimes when you’re fighting back against something like drunk driving, you have to pull out every stop imaginable.
That’s why what’s next on the horizon for impaired drivers in the York region of Ontario could be public shaming, and it’s never been easier to publicly shame someone now that police use social media so easily.
What they’ve proposed is that they post all the names of people charged with impaired driving on social media. Right now Toronto police only have a policy of posting drunk driver names if there’s some other reason beyond the impaired charge, but it’s being considered that every drunk driver has their name posted whether there’s another reason or not.
It’s not uncommon for police stations to post names, mug shots, and profiles of drunk drivers in the USA. There are even Pinterest boards dedicated to images of celebrity drunk drivers, so the idea of publicly shaming isn’t an unusual idea. But will it work in Canada, and if so, how effective will it be to stop drunk drivers, especially in the York region where they desperately need to turn things around?
There’s no word on whether or not they’ll actually post these profiles, but there’s no harm in trying something new in an attempt to stop impaired driving. Sometimes the smallest steps reap the biggest rewards, and hopefully this is something that could help turn things around in the York region.