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Public Registry For Repeat DWI Offenders?

One Texas lawmaker's proposal would create a public registry for repeat DWI offenders. Like those who are convicted of certain types of sex offenses, whose names and faces are published online, those who have been arrested more than three times for DWI will also have to publish their names and faces online.

Maybe the third time's the charm, as this bill has been proposed two other times by Rep. Richard Raymond, as Francisco Diaz reports for the Laredo Sun.

Raymond says: "The proposal is very simple, we want to establish a public record of all drivers who have been detained more than three times for driving under the influence of alcohol and that people can see their names on the website of the Texas Department of Public Safety."

Raymond was inspired to create this bill because of an alcohol-related accident that happened in Dallas in 2007, in which a Laredo man died. The man said to be responsible for the accident had apparently been a repeat DWI offender.

The goal is "consequences," according to Raymond, for repeat drunk drivers, in that those who are on a public registry for drunk driving will almost certainly have problems with things like finding a job.

Source: Bill potentially publishes drunk driving records

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