Oklahoma Considering Special Drivers License for DUI, DWI Offenders

Rep. Scott Inman with the Oklahoma State House of Representatives has filed a bill that would require Oklahoma Drivers Licenses to note whether vehicle operators have any DUI or DWI convictions on their record.

The effort to reduce drinking and driving would call for the notation to be placed on the drivers license after a first DUI conviction and remain on the license for four years. If the offender does not receive another DUI or DWI conviction in Oklahoma in that time frame, the designation would be removed.

In addition to alerting a law enforcement officer who stops a motorist, the author of the legislation hopes that bars and nightclubs requiring photo identification would realize that the patron has a history of driving under the influence.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, alcohol-related accidents where the motorist had a blood alcohol content above the legal limit of .08% accounted for one third of the total traffic fatalities in Oklahoma.

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