JANESVILLE, WI - David Dutcher, 35, sits
in jail after committing his sixth OWI, and now he's on a registry bringing
awareness to the problem of repeat drunk drivers. It's called Project Sober Streets, a program
of the Janesville Police department that acts similar to a sex offender
registry. After getting five OWI's, an
offender is placed on the list for neighbors to see.
The list was created back in 2010 and now lists 51 offenders just in the city of
"We have a responsibility to our community to allow people to stay safe and Project Sober Streets strips away that anonymity of drunk drivers," said Chief Moore.
Project Sober Streets is the first program of its kind in the nation. The website provides links for each offender, that when clicked on provide the offenders address, picture, how many OWI's the person has, whether they're on parole and if their license has been revoked. Sober Streets acts as a shaming tool for offenders, but also acts as a police aid.
"Because they know where they live, what they look like, they know they're not supposed to be drinking, in bars, they probably aren't supposed to be driving if they have a revoked driver's license, so neighbors can give us a call if they see something like that occurring so they can assist law enforcement," said Moore.
The project goes a
step further, making public awareness a priority.
"The exposure of
the number and level of arrests that we make really starts that social change,"
"That's what this project and the hard work of our officers are doing; it's the effort that we're making here."
One big factor that's
still not a part of
"I know that
[sobriety checkpoints] are successful in other states," said
"I think it's all
in how [the checkpoints] are setup and if people are being fair with the
implementation of it. Do I think it
could be of assistance? Yes," said