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Special Report: Drunk & Dangerous Part II

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Oklahoma State Senator Patrick Anderson just last week proposed a new bill to the new legislative session that has already been getting a lot of people talking.

The bill proposes issuing repeat DUI offenders a special alcohol restricted license.

The bill would not only make it illegal for those individuals to order a drink, but it would also have consequences for businesses who sell alcohol to those offenders.

"My life will never be the same. I'm just in a daze. Put on a smile.

People say ‘hi how are you?'

I say ‘fine.'

He's on my mind 24 hours a day. I never stop thinking about him,” says mother and OK Victim's Impact Panel speaker Windy Jeffries.  

Windy Jeffries's son Chase Campbell died in 2009, two days before Christmas.  He was riding with friends the car was going 70mph down a steep dip in the road, the car flipped over killing chase and another friend died.

“He chose to drink and ride. You hear don't drink and drive. Well he drank and rode,” says Jeffries.

To help prevent accidents like Campbell's State Senator Patrick Anderson of Oklahoma is proposing a new bill to prevent those convicted of drunk driving from buying alcohol.

"There's way too many incidents of drunk driving that go on in Oklahoma. Too many incidents, victims of accidents, too many people killed on the roads and anything that we can do to help prevent that I think is a positive," says Senator Anderson.

Under the bill after a second or third DUI offense a judge could ban the offender from buying alcohol, the restriction would be noted on their license.  Anyone knowingly giving them alcohol would also be breaking the law. 

Senator Anderson says “I believe it's important as a community to tackle the problem that we have with drunk driving. That everybody needs to be held accountable and it's not only the individual who's actually consuming the alcohol and driving but also the individual who provides it to them"

Generally the policy in most restaurants and bars is to only card people who appear to be under the age of 35 so someone with a DUI restricted license who's much older could potentially order a drink leaving the seller at risk for a felony."

“That is a issue of it. I mean that's a broad stroke of the pen. Am I supposed to be ID-ing everyone say if they're my age or say 75 or 100 which has been the case here,” says Jr Spany's Co-Owner James Arnold.   

Senator Anderson says penalties for selling alcohol may change as the bill makes its way through the legislator. 

"It seems to me that that bill is requiring me to do their enforcement. Which I'm not a policeman. I'm a business owner here,” says Arnold.

Miami Police Captain Anderson also sees problems with enforcement.

“I guess the downfall of that is that not everyone uses their driver's license as their id. There are several forms of identification you can use,” says Anderson.

But for people like Jeffries who are reminded of the dangers of driving under the influence, it's a step in the right direction.

Jeffries says "I think it's a good solution. I'm definitely for it because I don't think they should be served alcohol, you know. But I think they're going to find ways around it. If teenage kids want to drink they're going to find somebody to buy them beer. It happens every day. But I think it's a great idea."

Alaska is the only other state in the country who has a similar restricted ID law and has been using it for the past 10 years.

If the bill is passed in Oklahoma it would make it one of the toughest states in the nation to crack down on DUI.

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