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DUI: Stop proposing nanny state legislation

Letter by Drew Pearce, Seattle on Feb. 28, 2011 at 1:23 pm | 18 Comments »
February 28, 2011 1:23 pm

Re: “Olympia DUI drivers may need special plates” (TNT, 2-15).

State Rep. Norma Smith, R-Clinton, wants to require drivers convicted of DUI after 2012 to have a special license plate designated with the letter Z. Perhaps she needs a scarlet letter on her forehead to warn citizens that she is a threat to everyone’s civil liberties and an insult to our intelligence.

Legislator that propose pernicious nanny legislation need to get a life and quit trying to further escalate the litigious nightmare we live in.

Using her line of logic that public humiliation will somehow increase public safety, then why don’t we just cane DUI violators on Main Street? Why don’t we just start branding every citizen for one thing or another?

We already have enough “get tough” deterrent laws on the books that don’t seem to do anything other that enrich the courts, lawyers and insurance companies.

I will take my chances on encountering a drunk driver rather than live in a society that would tolerate barbaric laws such as this.

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