What are Ohio DUI plates?
If you live in Ohio, you’ve probably seen these yellow Ohio DUI plates and might have even referred to them as “party plates.” But what are they exactly? They’re special driver’s license plates given to those convicted of a DUI. Drivers who have been convicted are required to place these on their primary vehicles. Some say it’s a good thing to know which drivers have driven drunk while others contest and say that it’s a yellow scarlet letter that puts violators to shame. What do you think?
Some say it’s good
Officers admit that they pay closer attention to vehicles equipped with these yellow Ohio DUI plates. It’s like a tip to police, especially late at night. Once you’re convicted of a DUI, it’s hard not to pay close attention to those vehicles. To other drivers, it’s also a warning to stay away from these cars or to drive with caution around them because we don’t know for sure whether or not they’ve learned their lesson!
Some say it’s bad
Some compare receiving these Ohio DUI plates to receiving a yellow scarlet letter. If you’re not familiar with that reference, it’s basically placing a public brand or identifying mark on a person who has done something wrong. Everyone on the road knows that this particular person has made a poor choice, which makes it nearly impossible to be in good graces with other drivers and police officers. It’s embarrassing for those who have been convicted. But nobody really knows if this yellow license plate is enough to stop them from driving under the influence again.
Which side are you on?
Regardless of whose side you’re on, we all should agree on one thing: drunk driving is very, very bad. Driving under the influence of anything that diverts your attention from the road is irresponsible. Just remember that you put yourself and others at risk whenever you’re on the road, even if you’re driving solo.