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Yellow License Plates for DUI Offenders?

The Seattle Times reports that a bill has been introduced in Washington state that would require convicted D.U.I. offenders to use fluorescent-yellow license plates for a year after their driving privileges are restored. The bill’s sponsors see the license plates as a means of informing law enforcement that the driver has a history of D.U.I.s, and a signal to other drivers to “give a wider berth” to the potentially dangerous driver — not to mention providing an added disincentive for would-be drunk driving. Though whether the threat of public embarrassment serves as a good enough incentive to change behavior remains to be seen.