Wednesday, March 07, 2007

License To Paint

Pink license plates for multiple DUI offenses. That's the proposal of a legislator in Arkansas. It's not quite the scarlet letter, but "shame" is part of the concept. Would that be a deterrent to drunk drivers? Doubtful. In fact, it might appeal to drunken Mary Kay saleswomen.

Here's a better idea. After multiple convictions, force the driver to get a breathalyzer ignition interlock, so they have to blow a legal BAC before the car will start, and then continue to do so at regular intervals to keep the car running. Or how about not giving them a license plate at all?

Meanwhile, in Ohio, there's a proposal to identify sex offenders with green license plates. One of the state senators who sponsored the bill said, "It's about giving people the tools they need to make informed decisions for themselves and their children." An opponent said, "They've done their time, they've done their after-care, they have to register where they live. Enough is enough."

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