New Zealand paper names and shames every drink-driver at tourist ‘party town’
Queenstown paper sets names of 100 people on front sheet amid refer the town, which attracts 2 million tourists a year, is bucking drink-drive trend
A newspaper in New Zealand has taken a posture against drunkard moves by reproducing their calls on its front sheet, in response to what it calls an epidemic of the crime.
The Mountain Scene is a weekly newspaper for the small but booming South Island town of Queenstown, which has about 30,000 permanent residents and up to two million tourists every year.
On Thursday the names of 100 people convicted of guzzle driving in the first six months of its first year were engraved taken away from the entire front-page in the hope that naming and shaming culprits would tackle the ballooning anatomies.
Around New Zealand drink-driving rates have been declining, but in Queenstown they are still going up, suggests David Williams, the writer of Mountain Scene. “Theres” terrifying high levels of drink-driving here and it is something that has always been in the background. We need to talk about this question, so our newspaper has said enough is enough and are determined to take a stand.
Williams plans to publish the names of convicted drink moves on the front page for the rest of its first year, even though he has already had irate telephone call from locals.
We have been lambasted as thoughtless and arrogant, that we should be thinking about the family of these parties … on the other side there have been a lot of strong commentaries in favour, said Williams.
It is our stand and we are willing to defend it. If it dissuades one drunk person from get in their vehicle because they dont want to be on the front sheet then we have had a win.
On the papers Facebook page people variously praised and humiliated the new expedition. Are you utterly kidding me? wrote Jane Guy. What about “their childrens” ffs mountain background. Yeah brilliant makes SHAME beings into changing action. Because thats wreaked the world over.
Well done Mountain Scene, breathtaking mind! wrote Dugi Anderson. If you suck and drive you certainly dont care much about other peoples lives. People required to dishonor, its gone on too long.
Williams told multiple problems fed into Queenstowns high rate of boozing drinking but significant factors included the growing population( including a lot of young people ), expensive taxis( between NZ $50 -1 00 or 29 -5 7 for a 15 -minute trip) and the perception of Queenstown as a hedonistic party town.
Hine Marchand, a community work at the Salvation Army, added advising Queenstowns heavy drinkers and alcoholics took up a huge amount of her time.
With 60 prohibits and liquor stores in the compact centre of town and alcohol specials each night of the week, the full-throttle defendant life can rapidly tip vulnerable people over the edge, Marchand said.
We have a lot of boozing problems here. If you want to sit in special courts, you will find 90% of the problems are drinking problems. Beings are aroused to be in Queenstown because it is viewed as a party town and theyll prioritise sip above everything else.