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Washington State Rejects DUI License Plates


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11/17/2008
Vaughan de Kirby
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The Washington State Legislature wisely decided to reject a bill that would require people convicted of DUI to put special, florescent yellow license plates on their cars for one year.

Unfortunately, Senate Bill 6402, which thankfully died in Washington, is similar to bills that have already passed in several other states.

This relatively new idea of special license plates for DUI offenders is a supremely terrible one.

Please read the article “DUI License Plates—A Shameful Trend” for a discussion of the pitfalls and inherent unfairness of this absurd development in DUI law.

Rather than the expression of a sincere desire to limit drunk driving, DUI plates tend to be merely a tool of politicians who want to appear uncompromising and tough on crime.

Let’s hope that California politicians, should they ever contemplate DUI plates, would follow in the footsteps of there fellow lawmakers in Washington State. 



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