Ohio no longer requires front license plates

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTRF) – As of July 1, you can remove your front license plate on your car if you live in Ohio.

A bill signed into law by Governor Mike DeWine (R-OH) allows most drivers to only have rear plates. But if you drive a commercial tractor, the plate still has to be on the front of the vehicle.

The Department of Public Safety reminds drivers that improperly displaying the back license plate is a misdemeanor and a strict liability offense.

All of the states bordering Ohio also do not require a front plate.

Belmont County Sheriff Dave Lucas says this new law will make it more difficult to track down suspects.

“The front plate is really crucial because the vehicle can be coming at us,” said Lucas. “We’re not always behind the vehicle. In a lot of incidents, maybe someone saw a vehicle at a crime scene and they saw the front of it and nothing else.”

On a positive note, Sheriff Lucas admits that this law change will make sports cars and collectors cars look even better.

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