People who are caught drunk driving can generally expect heavy fines and legal fees, as well as some of the most expensive car quotes they're ever likely to see. With that in mind, a number of states have considered going one step further with sanctions that may be reminiscent of the "Scarlet Letter."
A recent Associated Press report notes that Tennessee is the latest state to consider requiring special license plates for those who are convicted of drunk driving. The plan would reportedly require offenders to place yellow license plates on their cars with "DUI Offender" written in red letters for at least one year.
According to the report, the Tennessee House is about to consider the bill, which has been stalled in the State Senate since early this year.
A number of states have considered similar license plate sanctions for DUI offenders, for reasons that range from public safety to old-fashioned shaming. Virginia, Michigan and Florida are among those states that have made similar proposals in recent years, while such a law is on the books in Ohio as well.
Last year, various media outlets noted that a Maryland state lawmaker who had proposed such plates ended up being charged in a DUI case himself. Still, the license plates may be the least of an offender's problems in light of the high cost of car quotes and other legal bills they face.
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