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A scarlet letter for repeat DUI offenders?


Prince Edward Island, a Canadian province, joins the list of jurisdictions that either have passed or are attempting to pass legislation that will place a scarlet letter on the vehicles of repeat DUI offenders.  In the United States, similar legislation has been introduced in Ohio, Iowa, Oklahoma, North Dakota, Minnesota, Georgia, and Maryland.  Judges in Ohio freely admit that they have no evidence to support the notion that these plates do anything to deter future DUI offenses.  What they do accomplish is bringing arguably unconstitutional attention from law enforcement.  Rather than attempting to shame past DUI offenders into sobriety and putting anyone else who may drive that car under unnecessary scrutiny, why don’t we focus on early intervention and treatment?  As a DUI attorney in Denver, these are the things I have seen work.