DUI Convicts in Okla. Could Be Barred From Buying Alcohol
Lawmakers in Oklahoma are trying to implement tougher penalties for people convicted of driving under the influence.
A new proposal would ban people with a DUI conviction from purchasing alcohol at stores and bars.
According to the proposal, a judge would decide when a person could buy booze again. The bill also says that a person caught buying alcohol for someone with a DUI could be convicted of a felony.
Richard Roth and Doug Burns debated the legality of this proposal on "Fox and Friends."
"Just a quick hypothetical from the old law school classroom," Burns said. "Your wife says, 'Honey we need a bottle of wine for tonight's dinner. Could you just go down the street to the liquor store and get it?'"
"Now all of a sudden, you're before a court on a violation of probation? That's crazy."
Roth countered that DWI and DUI-related deaths account for one-third of highway deaths per year.
He added that a person with a DUI has a seven times greater chance of getting another one.
"Something must be done to stop this from happening," Roth said. "It's predominantly in the 20 to 35-year-old age group and it's pretty severe."
"The reason why this could work is that it will deter ... it's another step to try to deter the 20 to 30,000 deaths a year in the United States from DWI."
Senate Bill 30 asks the department to develop a procedure to order the charged individual abstain from alcohol consumption, and not be allowed to purchase alcohol for a time determined by the judge.
The bill also suggests a person charged with a DUI will be ordered a replacement identification card that will bear the words "Alcohol Restricted" on the front and will be required to carry throughout the remainder of their probation.
Watch the clip above.