Let me bring back an idea that I first suggested to the Oregon Legislature about five years ago. It was actually turned into a bill, but didn’t make it out of the committee process.
Here it is in basic. If you get convicted of driving under the influence you get a red stripe on your driver’s license that lasts for a year. Bartenders could look at that and say that they have chosen not to serve people with a red stripe on their drivers licenses.
It would also alert cops that they are dealing with somebody who has a DUII in their background.
Would it be the Scarlett letter? You bet it would.
Would it humiliate some people who had a driver’s license that looked that like? You bet it would.
Would it keep some of them from going out to bars with their friends and drinking and driving knowing that they would get carded? I think it would.
Let’s give that idea another shot.