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Scarlet Licenses Proposed To Cut Down On Drunken Driving

February 3, 1987

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) _ Red would signal ″no sale″ under a proposal to color-code the licenses of drunken drivers and thus cut down on their consumption of alcohol.

Law enforcement officials and legislators praised the idea, but predicted heavy lobbying against it by vendors of alcoholic beverages.

Under the proposed legislation, the brainchild of probation officer Derek Gallagher and Assistant State Attorney Steven Igou, everyone ordering a drink at a bar would have to show his driver’s license. Those holding red licenses would be refused service, by law.

The law would give a judge the right to enter anyone convicted of an alcohol-related crime into the program as a condition of probation. The offender then would get his driver’s license exchanged for a red one.

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