Driving drunk is the dumbest thing you can do. Completely avoidable. Looks like the Ohio state government thinks the same thing and issues a scarlet letter-type of punishment to any DUI offenders who are driving in the state. A giant, yellow license plate that just screams “I’m an idiot who got behind the wheel of a car while totally hammered and endangered myself and my community.” Once these ugly little things are slapped on your car, police can pull you over without cause.
Here’s how it works:
The restricted plates are mandatory on all DUI offenses except a first offense with a “low end” test result (under 0.17 on the breath test at the police station). Restricted plates become applicable in most courts once you request limited driving privileges.
Some judges and courts require the restricted plates immediately upon you becoming eligible for privileges; others require the plates only upon a plea or conviction. Consult an OVI/DUI lawyer for more information about your particular court or judge.
Restricted plates must be used on each and every vehicle the offender uses for limited driving privileges, regardless of who owns the vehicles. There are a few very limited exceptions in the law. If you plan on driving multiple vehicles with your limited driving privileges, all of the vehicles must have restricted plates. You are required to use the restricted plates for the duration of your suspension.
You drink. You drive. You drive around with this Ronald McDonald-ass looking license plate for 12 months. Apparently, the regional lingo for these plates of shame are “party plates.” May you feel the shame for the rest of your days or until your probation is up. Just because you live in Cleveland doesn’t give you an excuse to be a reckless asshole.