Well, if we have an online shaming hit-list for ex-sex offenders, then yeah, we should have an online registry and other shaming for all ex-felons. Of course we do not believe in any online registry for anybody, but if we do it for one, then we should do it for all.
Diigo Post Excerpt:
Prince Edward Island is considering a specialized license plate for convicted drunk drivers. Would you agree to this, or do you think this type of branding is unconstitutional?
Thomas Bink: I don't think it's a terrible idea. I mean, in B.C. they already have little labels for different drivers - If you've got a learner's permit, you get an L, and if you're a novice driver, you have to display an N. So why not have labels for all kinds of drivers, like for seniors, handicapped or convicted drunk drivers? Anything that helps educate other drivers upon approach is a good thing, I say. It's not to brand, belittle or never forgive convicted drunk drivers, but if I see a guy with a D label on his car driving erratically, I'm better alerted to cut a wide berth. And like learners and novices, after a certain amount of time without a conviction the label can be removed.
Matthew Coutts: My first instinct was to jump on board this idea. I consider drunk drivers a scourge, a gaggle of selfish ids willing to do what they want regardless of how it might affect the rest of us. Anything to identify and shame them - and there is an element of shame in this plan - I thought I'd be in favour of. But something about this doesn't sit right with me. For one, we are not really posting the scarlet letter on the driver. What if someone else - a spouse, perhaps - were to drive the car instead? Their character would be unfairly maligned. And as much as I like to cast a wide net on this topic, there are countless reasons and events that led these people to being in this situation. The public shaming aspect would unfairly paint them all with the same brush. No, I'm in favour of addressing this issue somehow, but not like this. The tool is too blunt for me.