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May 23, 2007

Ohio's 'Scarlet Numbers'


Look at the photos above and below.

What do you see?

I see the special mustard yellow and bright red license plates which must be placed on all cars owned by a person in Ohio who has been convicted of DUI โ€” including after a first offense.

From a website on the law:

    Ohio DUI Requirements

    Added to the law beginning January 1, 2004 is the requirement that "family" plates be placed on all vehicles owned by the offender during the period of their suspension if the offender is given limited driving privileges. Normal white and blue plates are confiscated and destroyed and new red and yellow plates are substituted during the suspension period. Even first time offenders are required to display these plates. Therefore, if you are given limited driving privileges, you are required to use these plates for a minimum period of six months, AND these plates must be used even if other members of your family drive the vehicle.


You think that's too tough and penalizes innocent family members in the process?

Ask anyone who's had a relative or friend killed or injured by a drunk driver and I believe they'll say, "Why doesn't my state do this?"


More on the subject here.

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I neither speed nor drive when intoxicated. I think it is a problem that, in the US, car drivers killed one hundred people today. Current practice cannot be changed with current thinking. Or making up stories about people you don't know.

Posted by: Lem | May 26, 2007 4:16:01 PM

Awww...poor eff'n baby. I like a drink a little more than some, but you'll never see me behind the wheel while doing so. Drinking and driving is statistically going to kill you or your loved ones far faster than simply speeding. As the traffic speeds have been increased, deaths have not increased. In some instances, they've gone down. You won't get rid of all stupid actions, but drinking guarantees stupid actions. At least we will be able to see you coming from a distance Lem. Unfortunately, I'll probably be stumbling down the sidewalk just as you are speeding down that same path, blind to the fact you left the road 15 miles back.

Posted by: clifyt | May 24, 2007 6:58:25 AM

Two thirds of the people killed on roadways are killed by non-intoxicated drivers. Scarlet numbers are being given to people who haven't killed or injured anybody. Those who have killed, but without drinking first, may pay a fine. Drivers of larger vehicles, a pre-meditated act, cause more harm to others than drivers of smaller vehicles. One third of the people killed on roadways are killed by people driving too fast. Driving too fast is a conscious decision made daily by many people. And it is socially acceptable. Driving too fast reduces the amount of time available to react. Not getting enough sleep increases reaction times. Just like drinking. Puritanical targeting of an out group isn't fair and won't solve the problem.

Posted by: Lem | May 24, 2007 12:22:21 AM

It looks too much like a New Mexico license plate.

Posted by: Greg Smith | May 23, 2007 6:59:54 PM

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