The Janesville Police Department is launching a website to publicly identify repeat drunken drivers in Janesville.
The department said it's the first agency in the United States to launch Project Sober Streets.
Police said they started the project so that civilians can help them stop drunken drivers from getting behind the wheel.
At a news conference Wednesday, Janesville Police Chief David Moore unveiled an interactive map that lists the names and addresses of 192 people in the city with five or more operating while intoxicated convictions.
It's similar to the state's website that lists convicted sex offenders, WISC-TV reported.
"All of the information disclosed with Project Sober Streets is public information. You'd be able to go to various sources and find all of this information. What we did was put it all together in a more useful way for citizens to access it," Moore said.
Moore said he hopes the website will encourage civilians to keep tabs on their neighbors.
Several residents said they support the program and maybe something even tougher.
"They should have their license taken away for good or something. We aren't solving the problem by letting them drive again," said Jeff Daly, a Janesville resident.
"There are too many (drunken drivers) out there. There's too much going on, too much risk of injury. Once should be a warning, and twice should be on the website," said Janesville resident Joa Rhodes.
Janesville resident Morgan Shepard said he sees the website as another tool to keep his family safe.
"It's part of the community being aware of what's going on around them. You want to know if there are people you need to watch out for," Shepard said. "If they are going to drive down my streets and they have a problem, I want to be aware of it."
For now, the program only includes Janesville residents convicted of five or more OWIs. Police said that, in the future, they hope to expand the program to included people with four or more OWI convictions.
For more information, visit the Project Sober Streets website.
Janesville police said Thursday that due to an extremely high volume of activity on the Project Sober Streets website, the city of Janesville computer servers have been unable to support the inquiries, resulting in intermittent failures of the computer system.
Police said the website has experienced inquiries from throughout the United States.
Police said the Project Sober Streets website will operate sporadically throughout the weekend. The city of Janesville said it intends to have the website fully operational next week.