State Proposes Ban on Alcohol for Dui Offenders

HONOLULU, OAHU (Ben Caxton) — Whether you continue to drive, have a driver’s license, or even have a car or not, legislators in the Hawaii State House are proposing banning you from buying or consuming alcohol if you’ve been previously convicted of driving while under the influence. House Judiciary Chairman Chris Lee introduced the bill last week. The bill will also lower the level for being considered for extra penalities as a “habitual” offender to two DUI convictions over a decade, from the current three. The bill passed 9-0 in committee despite no position being taken by advocacy groups like Mothers Against Drunk Driving who say there is no data available as to whether an attempted ban on alcohol consumption has any effect, and despite open opposition from the state Office of the Public Defender, which called the three-year prohibition on alcohol “excessive.”

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