Ohio’s Front License Plates- Do we need them?

by Danielle Cotterman on May 31, 2011 at 2:03 am

Law enforcement is driving to keep front license plates on all Ohio vehicles.

A recent proposal to no longer make the front plates a requirement has Law Enforcement concerned for the safety of the community. Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz said, front license plates are crucial for investigations, enforcing speed limits, and are often picked up by surveillance cameras.

"From a law enforcement stand point," said Lutz. "When we are trying to keep our community safe, and our citizens safe it’s a huge asset to have that license plate on the front for us."

Those who support the change stress that some vehicles are no longer made with a bracket to hold front license plates. They also say, the plates can cost the state $1.65 million a year in material and in printing.

"In my eyes, as Sheriff of the county, we waste alot more money on other things versus having license plates on cars," said Lutz.

Law Enforcement currently uses an adjustable device to read license plate numbers from all angles. Lutz said, the most common set up is designed to detect the front plates on passing vehicles.