Inspiration For Action
Tragic story…My mom just told me about another group of teenagers in her local city killed in a major car accident. The driver was drunk. I didn’t hear much concerning the passengers, but regardless, at least two of the young boys died immediately or later that night. They flew off of the road going around a curve and plummeted off a hill to their demise. Their drunk driver friend survived, though.
Public Offenders…Lots of sexual and violent offenders on the books, and if you check it out, many of them show regular addresses other than in jail where most of us would like to see them. Many of these people are repeats or listed in multiple offense categories. Meanwhile, the rest of us hard working Americans must take important steps in protecting ourselves and our families, buying alarm systems for our homes and cars, watching out while we cautiously let our children play in the yard or go Trick-or-Treating for Halloween! Oh, and our tax money provides lawyers and probation officers for these people. Nice!
Getting To the Point
My suggestion would be that if any of the aforementioned delinquents want to actually drive a car, and try to participate in society, there should be a vehicular identification for them. When they get their registration renewed on their vehicle, they will be given a different license plate that is either fluorescent green, bright hot pink or bright hunters’ orange- depending on the nature of their crime. If they already have a current license plate, they are to acquire another one, at their own expense of course, as soon as they are able to (when they get out of prison, court, get their driver’s license back, etc). The color license plate system would be commonly known to the public, and could be posted on their individual state’s website, noting the color coordinated with a particular offense. There could be a separate stack of plates at the courthouse, same overall design for each state would be okay, but could be airbrushed or laminated with the particular color, something that would be resistant to fading.
This could be done fairly cost-effectively, and the minimal extra cost of the license plate would be passed on to each offender, and not the taxpayer. The plates that are registered under those special colors could go into a separate database, so that they could be monitored, making sure that the people are diligent in renewing their plates every year, submitting address information, recent pictures (where necessary) and updating their immediate contact information. Within a certain amount of time, proof of plate renewal could be collected by authorities and monitored in the database to be sure of timely acquisition.
After thinking of passing this idea around, I looked a little online, and found that there have been a few states that actually tried to do this type of ID for criminals, and failed to get the ball rolling. WHY? I believe that we have become a country that is so focused on being politically correct, and so concerned about criminal rights, that we have limited ourselves as a society to actually get things accomplished. What would be the worst-case scenario in establishing an idea like this for identifying our less-than-desirable citizens? Would this singling-out damage the self esteem of the pitiful drunk driver who just killed a family of four? Would this really sabotage the reputation of the sexual predator who just viciously raped a young girl, or molested a little child? We need to step up our game a little in this country, and actually make people a little uncomfortable when they commit such crimes against society. Please be encouraged to pass this along by email or letter form to anyone that might have influence in getting things done, either on a state or national level. Let’s take some simple steps in attempts to make ourselves a little safer, more informed and proactive, having a better quality of life in our great America.