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D not that dumb

The letter D caused a bit of a stir last week. Vancouver police Insp. Ken Davies suggested people convicted of drinking-driving offences should be forced to display a sign with the letter D in the windows of the vehicles they are driving.

The letter D caused a bit of a stir last week.

Vancouver police Insp. Ken Davies suggested people convicted of drinking-driving offences should be forced to display a sign with the letter D in the windows of the vehicles they are driving.

The sign would be much like those used for the province's graduated driver's-licence program. New drivers displays N signs, while those with learner's licences have the letter L in the rear window.

Davies said the D would alert police a driver had been convicted of drunk driving and officers would know to watch more carefully.

While we don't agree with his line of reasoning, we do think his idea has some merit.

Meanwhile, public response has been just as divided as it has been swift.

Some critics say it would embarrass the driver's family while others say it would just be further punishment for someone who has already been punished.

However, we don't see the D-designation being any different than the graduated driver's-licence program.

Yes, the letter designation segregates a certain segment of our socieity. However, the letter simply serves as a warning to other drivers and isn't intended to cause embarrassment or be punitive.

New and young drivers are forced to display a sign in the windows of the vehicles they are operating. This identifies them as being potentially greater driving risks.

Statistics show, because of their inexperience, these new drivers are more likely to be invovled in an automible accident in the first year they operate a motor vehicle.

Yes, a D-designation would segregate drivers with drunk-driving convictions but, again, it would simply serve as a warning.

Unlike new drivers, who haven't be proven to be at-risk motorists, drunk drivers have been caught after making a conscious decision to consume alcohol before climbing behind steering wheel.

Like new drivers, those convicted of drunk driving should have the letter removed from their window when they are deemed not to be a risk to society.

This would be when the probation period is over.