Virginia Delegate Introduces Scarlet Letter and Numbers DUI Law

By Mary Ann

A Virginia state delegate has introduced a ‘scarlet letter’ DUI law. Drivers convicted of DUI three times would be required to have DUI license plates. The plates would have red numbers on a yellow background. These DUI plates would cost a driver $500. The State estimates it could rake in $500,000 per year.

The delegate believes that the law will limit DUI incidents. He said that drunk drivers continue to drive even when their license has been taken away. His DUI license plates would single out drivers who have multiple DUI convictions. The executive director of the Virginia ACLU countered that family members would be punished along with the driver, since they would also be driving the vehicle with DUI scarlet-letter plates. He said the law is based on public humiliation rather than sound corrections theory.

Virginia has attempted to pass scarlet-letter license plate laws several times in the past. None of these DUI laws has passed, yet.