I read this article in my local paper, and for the life of me I do not know why this is not done nationwide.
Forgive Doug Narron if he puffed out his chest when that waitress at the Alaska restaurant sauntered over and asked for ID before serving him a glass of wine. Narron, of Raleigh, can also be forgiven if he thought she was just angling for a juicy tip by flattering him. Narron, you see, is 69 and hasn’t been carded since the Nixon administration. In Alaska, he found out, everyone is carded and the conscientious hash slinger was just doing her job.
The reason young Doug was carded during his vacation to Alaska is….. ANYONE BUYING ANY ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE IS CARDED, no matter how old they are.
Why, you may ask?
In Alaska, anyone convicted of a DUI MAY be required to carry license with a bright red banner on it, which prohibits the holder from buying alcohol. Period.
What kind of restrictions can a Court order following a conviction for DUI and/or Refusal?
1. The court MAY prohibit you from purchasing alcohol. The DMV is REQUIRED to place a ‘J’ (restricted from purchasing alcohol) restriction on your driver license and/or identification card. The words ‘ALCOHOL RESTRICTED’ will appear in a red banner.
2. The court MUST order you to drive a vehicle with an ignition interlock device (IID) installed. The DMV is REQUIRED to place a ‘C’ (ignition interlock device required) restriction on your driver license. The back of the license will state ‘IID REQUIRED’ under the heading ‘Restrictions.’ On a limited driver's license, ‘Ignition Interlock Device Required’ is printed in bold letters on the paper license.
This link is to the Alaska DMV website – it’s about your FIRST DUI… and it’s short, scary, and fantastic.
Does anyone besides me think it’s high time we, as a nation, got serious about drinking and driving? Here are four staggering facts from the MADD website.
- Almost half of all drivers who were killed in crashes and tested positive for drugs also had alcohol in their system.
- About one-third of all drivers arrested or convicted of driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence of alcohol are repeat offenders.
- Over 1.41 million drivers were arrested in 2010 for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics.
- In 2010, 211 children were killed in drunk driving crashes. Out of those 211 deaths, 131 (62 percent) were riding with the drunk driver. [Note that this is more than the number killed by guns.]
Between 2006 and 2010, 561 children age 12 and under were killed by firearms, according to the FBI's most recent Uniform Crime Reports. The numbers each year are consistent: 120 in 2006; 115 in 2007; 116 in 2008, 114 in 2009 and 96 in 2010.
I like Alaska’s approach. If YOU do, share this with your local politicians…