Scarlet Sticker

"I think I hit a very empathetic chord with the people of Arizona."

NT: If you really want to embarrass drunk drivers, you could make them drive really ugly cars. I mean, I'm not a drunk, but I drive a teal green Geo Storm, and believe me, the humiliation of being seen in that car keeps me off the road half the time.

Mead: One problem with that way of thinking is there's a cost involved. My thing would cost about five dollars to print up a magnetic plate, but you're talking about going out and buying or leasing or renting a Geo Storm or whatever it was you just said. I don't think that would fly.

NT: You could chop off their legs. It's hard to drive without legs.

Mead: Well, you can't do that, but you can do the ignition switch thing, that's a step in the right direction, and we really should be pushing that. That's a technological item that's out there, that works. I think it's like 15 bucks a month to rent the unit.

NT: So what's the real purpose of these stickers? I mean, if you're driving along and see a DUI license plate, should you pull up alongside and heckle the driver?

Mead: Well, that's up to you. If it were I, I would give that car a large cushion.

NT: You'd hand them a pillow?

Mead: A space. It wouldn't be my intent to pull up and taunt that person. Some people may want to do that, but it would be my inclination to stay far away from them.

NT: What's next? We could tattoo people who have STDs. Or make people who are really bad cooks shave their heads.

Mead: You mean, where do you draw the line? I've heard that argument, although I can't think of another crime that's like DUI, one so randomly selfish that touches so many people. I hear you when you say I'm going down a slippery slope, but I don't buy that, because tell me what other crime is as bad. Plagiarism? Who cares? It doesn't hurt you or me. Adultery? If you do that, it's not going to hurt my daughter. Sorry. I've heard that argument, and I don't buy it.

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