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Sheriff Wasylyshyn Asks Ohio Lawmakers to Preserve Front License Plate Requirement

Citing the need to preserve community safety, Wood County Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn today urged members of the Ohio General Assembly to maintain the state’s requirement for both front and rear license plates. Two proposals to repeal or dilute Ohio’s legal requirement to display both front and rear license plates on all motor vehicles are under consideration in the state legislature . House Bill 159 would eliminate the requirement for front license plates, and Senate Bill 202 would reduce a violation of the law to a secondary offense. Either of these proposals, if enacted, would have an adverse effect on community safety.

“Most states require two license plates. Currently 30 out of 50 states require front license plates because they are a proven tool for law enforcement to identify and apprehend criminal suspects,” Sheriff Wasylyshyn said.”Any proposal to eliminate or dilute the front license plate requirement will inadvertently help suspects evade arrests by making detection by patrol cars, security cameras and parking records more difficult.”

Sheriff Wasylyshyn said he believes some of the support for repealing the front-plate requirement comes from a misunderstanding of the cost of a second license plate. Eliminating the two-plate requirement would only save 35 cents a year.

Front license plates also give citizens, including public transit and school transportation drivers, the opportunity to identify an oncoming vehicle that commits an egregious safety infraction. Mark Wasylyshyn said “trying to view the rear license plate on oncoming vehicles is almost impossible!”

They double the opportunity for a vehicle to be identified through a public or private facility’s security camera footage in the event of a crime. They also enable drivers to see a parked vehicle after dark or an oncoming vehicle with its headlights off.

Motor vehicles play a role in many types of serious crimes in the United States. Connecticut and Massachusetts learned this years ago and restored their respective front license plate laws almost immediately.

 

 

 

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