Maryland lawmakers rejected a proposed bill to mandate special license plates for drivers with multiple DUI / Drunk driving convictions. The proposed legislation would have required that a person with 3 or more drunk driving, /DWI or impaired driving charges get a special license plate with the letters DUI on it, and pay an additional $500 fee for the special tags.
The legislators rejected this “scarlet letter” approach, citing no evidence that these shaming techniques result in reduced offenses or increased safety for the public. Even MADD did not think it was a worthwhile idea, so it is probably safe to assume they are right!
It is unfortunate that these crazy ideas pop up all too frequently from perhaps well-meaning, yet misguided politicians and political coalitions looking to “DO SOMETHING” about the issue of drunk driving.
When reason and sanity prevail, we’ll take the win and move on!