Senate Bill 179 – For Safety’s Sake Keep the Front Plate!

Contact Ohio State Senators and ask them to support Senate Bill 179 which will continue requiring two license plates for Ohio vehicles. Testimony by Mike Wineman, Director of Governmental Affairs for the FOP of Ohio included many reasons the FOP supports both a front and a rear license plate.

Excerpt from his testimony:

  • There hasn’t been a significant crime in the state that a front license plate has not been instrumental in identifying suspects and leading to an arrest.
  • 70 percent of all serious crimes involve a motor vehicle in the United States. These crimes include kidnapping, violent crime, major theft, drug smuggling, and more.
  • Front plates allow officers to identify a vehicle’s registration while traveling in the opposite direction and increases the ability for automated plate readers and Surveillance cameras to identify suspect vehicles. By removing one plate, you remove s0 percent of law enforcement’s ability to apprehend criminals
  • Front plates allow officers to identify a vehicle’s registration while traveling in the opposite direction and increases the ability for automated plate readers and surveillance cameras to identify suspect vehicles. By removing one plate, you remove 50 percent of law enforcement’s ability to apprehend criminals
  • Front plates allow officers to identify a vehicle’s registration while traveling in the opposite direction and increases the ability for automated plate readers and surveillance cameras to identify suspect vehicles. By removing one plate, you remove 50 percent of law enforcement’s ability to apprehend criminals
  • It also doubles the potential for identifying a vehicle involved in an Amber, Blue, and Silver alert.
  • The front plate has also become important for customers of services such as Lyft and Uber who use the front p1ate to determine if they are getting into the right vehicle.
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