Mugging for the Public

Suspected drunken drivers featured on SA billboards

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    Victor Torres/NCTimes

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    by Bruce Felps

    The Texas law enforcement advertised admonition of “Drink, Drive, Go to Jail” now carries something of a corollary, at least in the San Antonio area.

    There, the addendum kind of goes, “Drink, Drive, Don’t Go to Jail but Get Your Mug Plastered on a Billboard.”

    According to an Associated Press article, San Antonio police and Bexar County law enforcement authorities plan a program in which they will display photos on digital billboards of suspected drunken “drivers sought for charges also including intoxication assault or vehicular manslaughter.”

    That is not the way you want to get your face on a billboard.

    Mothers Against Drunk Driving added its support of the program, naturally, and Clear Channel Outdoor donated a dozen digital billboards used to rotate the mug shots.

    The purpose seems to be to publically shame — yeah, yeah, split infinitive — the offenders into surrendering or placing their faces in front of enough eyeballs that someone narcs them out. Hey, whatever works.

    Just so long as they’re out from behind the wheel.


    Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. Yet another reason he hates to have his picture taken.