Proposed DUI law would brand drunk driving offendersFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - In the wake of a West Fargo family being killed on I-94 near Jamestown by a drunk driver, and 2 youngsters in a tent in the Northern valley being run over by a drunk driver.
By: Todd Kurtz, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - In the wake of a West Fargo family being killed on I-94 near Jamestown by a drunk driver, and 2 youngsters in a tent in the Northern valley being run over by a drunk driver.
A local man with no affiliation to government is getting lawmakers attention and backing, with a plan to make our roads safer. But this penalty would be stiff - some say too harsh.
This idea has snow-balled. It's now a proposed bill in North Dakota. Under this, if a person gets a DUI, he or she can't buy alcohol at a liquor store, bar or any other place that sells booze.
Wayne Stautz – Working with Lawmakers on DUI Issue: “If we can save more lives than it's a good law."
Wayne Stautz says he has a way to strengthen punishment in getting a DUI with little monetary impact on the state.
Wayne Stautz: “One night I just sat down and thought of ideas on how to control this."
Here's how it works: When someone gets a DUI their ID would get marked with an emblem of some sorts that says DUI. Every liquor establishment would then be forced to card everyone, whether you're 21 or 71, and if your ID says DUI, you can't buy alcohol.
The ID stays that way for a year. If you cause a crash while drinking it stays for 5 years. All of this on top of whatever the court gives you as punishment.
Wayne Stautz: "You've got the sheriff's, highway patrols, police departments all looking for stuff like this now you've got thousands of retailers that are helping to control this, because what we're using now doesn't seem to work."
Here's evidence - last year Fargo Police made more than 1,100 DUI arrests. During that same period nationwide, more than 10,000 people were killed because of drunk driving.
Stautz say he's gaining support, but expects the alcohol industry and anyone who serves to strongly oppose this new idea.
People who oppose this new plan say it's crossing a line. They mentioned the embarrassment of having your ID marked anytime you pull it out, for instance, renting a hotel room, and that DUI emblem being on there. They say it's too much for a first time offense, but there are people on both sides of the fence.
Terry Richardson – Opposes New Idea: “This is the first offense you're talking about? First offense, oh that's crazy, that's crazy.”
Cole Brooks – Opposes New Idea: “First time offenders I don't think so but if you're going on you're 5th dui maybe you should be banned from drinking in general.”
Bill Carroll – Supports Strong DUI Laws: “People get accustomed to that mindset that oh I’m just running home a few blocks or gee I’m on interstate no one is going to notice and the next thing you know they're on the news.”
The bill will be voted on in the next legislative session.