Should convicted drunk drivers have special colored license plates?

Nov 23, 2016

If you are convicted of drunk driving in Ohio, you have to get a red and yellow license plate. In Minnesota and Georgia, convicted DUI offenders have certain letters and numbers in their plates that help law enforcement identify their vehicles, but the special plates are not obvious to the public. New Hampshire has not considered any bills to color the plates of DUI offenders. Read more about this issue. 

"Should convicted drunk drivers have special colored license plates?"

Drunk Driving License Plates New Hampshire Citizen Voices Chart

Participation: 264 participants gave 592 responses.

A total of 88% of those participating gave a 'yes or no' response to the question. The remaining 12% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a yes or no response. In total, this question received 592 responses from 264 individuals. (Click here for details on our methodology.)

What Participants Said

No: A majority, at 71% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, opposed requiring convicted drunk drivers to have special colored license plates.

  • “This would be legalized shaming and an excuse for police officers to abuse their power by having a legal discriminatory tool.”
  • “Scarlet letters make people targets for unreasonable harassment.”
  • “Once you go to court and pay your fine, serve your penalty... you are done with that. Stop continuous punishment!”

Yes: The minority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 29%, were in favor of requiring convicted drunk drivers to have special colored license plates.

  • “Great idea! It would give everyone around them a chance to be super careful.”
  • “Yes, after the second or third conviction.”
  • “I’m all for it. Drunk driving is attempted murder.”

Other: As noted above, 12% of those participating did not give a yes or no response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:

  • General penalties for drunk driving: “Drunk drivers shouldn’t have a license, never mind a special plate.”
  • Expanding the concept: “It should be done for sex offenders.”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

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