Oklahoma bill would ban those convicted of DUI from drinking alcohol

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY -- A proposed law in Oklahoma would make it illegal to buy or drink alcohol if you're convicted of drunk driving.

Republican state Senator Patrick Anderson is the man behind Senate Bill 30. It would prohibit those convicted on DUI charges from buying or consuming alcohol for a probationary period set by a judge.

Those convicted would also be required to order a new state issued ID with the words "Alcohol Restricted" printed on the front for the duration of their probation.

The bill would also make it a felony crime if you're caught giving or buying alcohol for a person under the DUI alcohol restriction. The felony charge includes a $1,000 fine and up to a year in prison.

"The reason I asked for a felony is because I want to drive home the point that it is very important, and this is a key factor in fighting alcoholism and drunk driving in our state," Anderson told KFOR-TV.

Some defense attorneys worry about the law and believe it would be hard to enforce.

"The law does not have a catch all provision that would allow for circumstances if it's in the food," Defense Attorney David Slane told KOKH-TV. "In cases were people have religious right to take communion where there may be alcohol in the wine does it allow for that?"

You can read the full text of the proposed law by clicking here.