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Plates May Tag Repeat DUI Offenders
Md. lawmaker proposes 'scarlet letter' on licenses
By Greg Latshaw • Staff Writer • January 26, 2010
SALISBURY -- Repeated drunken driving convictions result in large fines, jail time and skyrocketing car insurance rates.
In Maryland, it might soon earn drivers a special license plate.
Delegate Marvin E. Holmes Jr., a Prince George's County Democrat, has introduced a bill that would require a person convicted of three or more drunken or drugged driving offenses to use a boldly colored license plate identifying the vehicle as being owned by a repeat offender. Holmes unsuccessfully introduced the bill last year and the year before that.
To Holmes, the benefit of the special plates is twofold. The shame of bearing a "scarlet letter" on a license plate would be a deterrent; secondly, the plates can help alert both other drivers and police to use caution around the vehicle.
"It's just another tool in the toolbox," Holmes said of his bill, which is House Bill 164.
In Maryland, there are more than 25,000 drivers with three or more drunken-driving related convictions, said Caroline Cash, executive director of the state chapter for Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
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I think the whole idea is retarded. If you have been convicted of 3 or more DUI's you shouldn't have a f**king license.