When I was a local editor of Monroe Patch people often called begging me to take down stories on their DUI arrests.
“I’m a good person,” some argued. I had no reason to believe otherwise, but the policy was to run names with all arrests.
A DUI arrest can happen as a result of an error in judgement, rather than an intent to put others on the road in danger, but could lead to difficulty gaining employment or getting into a college when the person’s name is online.
I’m considering only running names when an arrest includes a serious crash or involves a public official who should set a positive example (and who the public will know about anyway).
In the event of a DUI where there is no accident and the driver has no priors, I’m considering running the gender, age, street name without the number, town and charges.
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