Ohio, Florida may shame offenders with pink plates

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Legislators in Ohio and Florida have introduced bills to require sex or DUI offenders to have pink on their license plates.

Ohio Sen. Kevin Coughlin introduced SB 229, which would require repeat sex offenders to display pink license plates on their vehicles for at least five years after incarceration; Ohio Rep. Michael Debose also introduced a similar bill. Ohio already requires drivers with multiple drunken driving convictions to use yellow license plates.

Florida Sen. Mike Fasano introduced SB 538, which would require someone convicted of drunken driving to display a license plate with “DUI” in pink as its first three letters. The offender would have to pay a $20 surcharge for the special plate, which would allow police to stop the vehicle at any time without probable cause.