Some Lawmakers Want Front License Plate Requirement to Stay

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--The new state transportation budget, signed into law earlier this year, includes a provision that removes the requirement for vehicles to have a front license plate. Some Ohio lawmakers, and members of law enforcement, want that requirement to stay.

Senators Joe Uecker and Jay Hottinger say removing the front plate inhibits law enforcement officers from doing their jobs.

Jason Pappas, Vice-President of the Ohio Fraternal Order of Police, cited one instance where the front plate saved a person's life.

Pappas says an officer's license plate reader spotted a car belonging to an endangered teen. That officer was able to respond, and talk to a missing teen, who was threatening to take her life.

Under the newly-enacted transportation budget, the front plate requirement is removed in July of 2020.

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