Oklahoma bill would bar those with DUI conviction from buying alcohol

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Oklahoma bill would bar those with DUI conviction from buying alcohol

I am taking a break from writing about San Diego DUIs to discuss legislation aimed to deter DUI.  Humans make mistakes.  As long as people have to make a decision to drink and drive or not there will be DUIs because people will be dumb/unwise and make the mistake of electing to drive.

A San Diego DUI usually comes with a probation term of not driving with ANY measurable amount of alcohol.  In some cases someone is to abstain from drinking during the probation term.

My issue with barring those with DUIs is how would they enforce this?  One thought was to put something on their drivers license.  Well, in San Diego we have a large military population.  Most of the persons keep their home state license even though they are stationed here.  So how do you enforce this bar on the Texas Marine?

There is some ideas that seem good (and have good intentions) but in practicality do not work.  Taxpayers already pay to enforce laws on the books.  In any event this is an Oklahoma bill so it will be interesting to see how it resolves.

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A new proposal in Oklahoma would bar drunk drivers from buying or consuming alcohol — and already is raising concerns over how it would be enforced. 

Fox 25 in Oklahoma City reports that state Sen. Patrick Anderson is proposing a bill that would allow a judge to enforce the alcohol restrictions on anyone with a DUI charge for a set period of time.

Further, it could end up punishing those caught buying alcohol for someone subject to those restrictions.

Defense attorney Richard Roth described the measure as a needed deterrent to stop repeat offenders from drunk-driving.

“This is a deterrent, and there must be something done,” Roth told Fox News, while acknowledging “it’s hard to enforce.”

Former federal prosecutor Doug Burns, though, said the proposal could land someone before a judge for something as simple as going to the store to pick up wine for the family. He called the prohibition against buying alcohol “crazy.”

Defense attorney David Slane also told Fox 25 the bill has problems.

“Keep in mind the consumption of alcohol has never been illegal unless you were underage and in this case they are saying we want the court to enforce something that’s almost unenforceable,” he said.

The full article can be found here.

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