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Police nix bill to dump Ohio front license plates

Published: Tue, May 31, 2011 @ 9:25 a.m.

COLUMBUS (AP) — A proposal to drop Ohio’s requirement for front license plates on vehicles is drawing opposition from law enforcement officials.

They say the front plates can make an impression on witnesses, and are picked up by surveillance and police cameras to help catch robbers or motorists who violate school bus safety laws.

State Rep. Rex Damschroder has offered a bill to eliminate front plates. The Republican from Fremont in northwest Ohio tells the Dayton Daily News that car enthusiasts don’t like the way they look, and he says neighboring states that don’t require them do just fine.

The newspaper reports that the Ohio Legislative Service Commission estimates that dumping front plates would save the state as much as $1.65 million in annual printing and other costs.


1redeye1(4994 comments)posted 3 years, 12 months ago

There are states that only have one license plate and their police seem to nab the same amount of criminals The cops are just lazy in Ohio. If plates are so cheap to make. Why don't each and every police car have their own plates on the cars. What about school buses that only have one license plate in the back. I for one see it as a money maker for the cops to stop you I can't wait to leave this archaic state soon.

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2AnotherAverageCitizen(1176 comments)posted 3 years, 12 months ago

Redeye we will miss you.

I don't tink many police cars and school busses are used in crimes. Many times the police officer pulls up to a situation and can see only the front a vehicle. Calling in the plate is one of the first things they do. The more chance to see a plate the better and possibly safer it is for an officer.

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3redeye1(4994 comments)posted 3 years, 12 months ago

Another average citizen That's why they put steering wheels in cars.They can always u-turn behind the cars involved.But wait they might mean more work for them As far as plates on police cars they all look alike ti towns, so having individual plates citizens would also know what car is which.

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4redeye1(4994 comments)posted 3 years, 12 months ago

This just another reason why I will vote for SB5 if its lucky enough to make the ballot in Nov.

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5saddad(645 comments)posted 3 years, 12 months ago

Nobody wants front plates but the police. When the police get to decide that we all should be regulated in ways we dont approve of, thats what is called a police state.

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6alwaysrightsometimes(16 comments)posted 3 years, 12 months ago

This law is just one more way for city's to drain the pockets of the working class. What about cars that do not have a place in the front to put a plate? I have 3 vehicles, and all 3 have no place to put a front plate on. I got pulled over for this infraction, and was given a warning. The officer said I needed to drill holes in the front to mount a plate...There is NO WAY IN HELL that I am drilling holes in my car.

I really hope this bill passes. And as far as catching criminals, the last time I checked, cops stop people from behind!!!

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7NilesOhio(837 comments)posted 3 years, 12 months ago

The police want them because it's a reflective, metal surface that allows a bit more range for their radar and LIDAR speed measuring devices. I highly doubt that any other reason comes close to that "need."

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8AnotherAverageCitizen(1176 comments)posted 3 years, 12 months ago

Well, since we are using just what people want, lets get rid of license plates all together. The VIN is all over the vehicle.

RED, If an officer pulls up to a car that is bached up near a building, how is that officer going to steer his vehicle behind it? the officer can pull in front and radio to their dispatch the plate from the front of the car.

Its called safety folks, for those officers wearing bullet proof vests, dealing with trouble out there.

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